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Lamont Announces Relief for Federal Workers
Gov. Ned Lamont said he was shocked to learn that most of the 1,500 federal workers who live in Connecticut are unable to collect unemployment benefits. That’s why he was so pleased to announce Tuesday that Connecticut was teaming up with Webster Bank to guarantee no-interest loans to the federal workers impacted by the shutdown.
House Resolution to Reopen Government Fails
The House on Tuesday failed to muster enough support to approve a short-term funding bill to reopen the federal government through February 1. The resolution, backed by the entire Connecticut delegation as well as every other Democrat, was taken up under a process requiring a two-thirds majority to pass. Only six Republicans supported the resolution. The vote was 287-187. It came 25 days into a partial government shutdown that is now the longest in history.
Pelosi gives Hayes position on House education panel
Rep. Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, has been given the job in Congress that she really wanted — a seat on the House Education and Labor Committee. The committee has jurisdiction over federal education issues and labor concerns, including wage and workplace safety issues.
IRS issues standard mileage rates for 2019
The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 58 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3.5 cents from the rate for 2018, 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 2 cents from the rate for...
Murphy joins Dem effort to protect federal workers from lenders during shutdown
Sen. Chris Murphy joined a group of 22 Democratic lawmakers on Thursday to introduce a law aimed at protecting federal workers from foreclosures, evictions and loan defaults during the government shutdown. The legislation, called the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act, isn’t likely to be considered in the U.S. Senate, where GOP leaders have declined to hold votes on any legislation pertaining to the partial government shutdown that began on Dec. 22.
The government has shut down, but tax season doesn’t stop
The IRS has confirmed release that filing season will start on time – January 28 - and that it will be issuing refunds.
AICPA Asks for Estimated Tax Penalty Relief
A powerful ally of taxpayers, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has formally asked the IRS to grant relief from certain estimated tax penalties triggered by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Generally, individual taxpayers must pay estimated tax through withholding or quarterly installment payments or both. Failing to do so may result in an underpayment penalty.
Federal Shutdown Continues With No End in Sight
Congress made no progress Wednesday in ending a partial government shutdown — now more than two weeks old — that has left some 800,000 federal workers without paychecks and raised concerns over the impact it is having on government programs from small business assistance to air traffic controllers.
As shutdown continues, government contractors feeling the pinch
Catholic Charities helps dozens of federal prisoners return to society through programs the organization runs in Waterbury and Hartford that provide counseling and behavioral health care to former inmates and their families. But, because of the federal government shutdown, the organization is no longer getting paid for its services. Catholic Charities in Hartford is one of scores of Connecticut companies, non-profits and local governments that have contracts with one of the nine...
IRS Confirms Tax Filing Season to Begin January 28
Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019 and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled. “We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers during this period,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. Congress directed the payment of all tax refunds...

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