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Governor Rell: State Tax Department Will Cancel Penalty & Interest for Victims of Spring Storms

For immediate release
June 3, 2010
CONTACT: Adam Liegeot, 860 524-7313
Sarah Kaufman, DRS, 860-297-5610

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that Connecticut residents who were affected by severe flooding this spring will be eligible for cancellation of penalties and interest imposed by the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) for late tax payments. The action is due to the recent presidential disaster declaration for Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties.

“Many storm-stricken taxpayers found themselves bearing additional financial burdens because they were unable to file on time,” Governor Rell said.  “We want to provide them with some relief and allow them to concentrate fully on getting their lives back to normal.”

Following guidelines established by the IRS, Connecticut tax officials will cancel penalties for late filings or payments for certain taxes due on or after March 12 and on or before May 11, as long as the filings and payments were completed by May 11. Filings and payments made after May 11 will be subject to penalty and interest starting May 12. The cancellation of penalty and interest is available only to certain taxpayers– those taxpayers located in the five counties listed above (the covered disaster area) or whose records necessary for filing are located in the covered disaster area.

“Our state, federal and local officials have worked tirelessly to ensure residents and businesses receive the assistance necessary to recover from this natural disaster,” Governor Rell said. “We hope this action reduces some of the costs taxpayers faced because of the storms. I urge residents to call our Taxpayer Services hotline today to get the help they qualify for.”

If an affected taxpayer has received a billing notice from DRS, the taxpayer should call Taxpayer Services hotline at 860-297-4771 for assistance with the cancellation of interest and late payment penalties that would otherwise apply. Penalties or interest will be cancelled only for taxpayers whose filing, payment, or deposit due date, including an extended filing or payment due date falls between March 12 and May 11. In order to qualify for cancellation of interest or penalties taxpayers will be required to complete and fax or mail a form to DRS.

Taxes eligible for an extended filing deadline include individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns; estate and gift returns; and withholding returns that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after March 12, 2010, and on or before May 11, 2010.

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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