The tax department of CT offers a window “get the right”


Connecticut on Monday opened an amnesty window for those entering this year with unpaid taxes, with the ability for individuals and businesses to avoid penalties and any possibility of lawsuits in exchange for a settlement with the state. .

Authorized last June by the Connecticut General Assembly, the amnesty window runs until January 31, 2022. Amounts owed must be paid in full, with no payment option available. Interest payments still apply, but only 25% of the amount that would otherwise be owed.

Information is online at or by phone at 1-866-658-1528. The Department of Revenue Services offers detailed information in an online FAQ.

This is the first such program offered by the Department of Tax Services since Governor Ned Lamont selected Mark Boughton as commissioner, who was long-time mayor of Danbury.

On Monday, Boughton told Hearst Connecticut Media that up to 45% of taxpayers do not pay the full amount they owe, whether from income generated under the table in the “money economy” in his words. or on businesses that underreport the amount of sales tax they owe. In many cases, taxpayers owe a few hundred dollars or less.

“It’s a good way to sort it out,” Boughton said Monday. “Do you want to make this go away?” Give us “X” now and we’ll save you a ton of money. “

In the face of the Great Recession of 2013, Connecticut recovered $ 193 million under a tax amnesty program, according to John Biello, deputy commissioner of the DRS. Biello told members of the legislature last February that the DRS had earmarked $ 35 million as part of this year’s program. Connecticut followed this up with the 2017 CT Fresh Start amnesty program.

In addition to advertising, the DRS attempts to reach out to people in arrears and “suspected non-filers” under the terms of the DRS – including businesses that are not yet registered with the state. Lamont’s budget chief Melissa McCaw told lawmakers earlier this year that the DRS was set to bring a new system online that uses advanced scan engines to identify people or businesses that don’t. declare no taxes to the state.

The department agrees not to use amnesty requests as evidence in any criminal investigation or prosecution, except in cases where a person knowingly files a bogus request for amnesty. Those who are the subject of ongoing audits, formal protests or disputes with the DRS are eligible for amnesty. The program is not open to those who have accepted payment offers with DRS or who are the subject of a criminal investigation.

The Connecticut motor carrier road tax is not included in the amnesty program.

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