DRS Commissioner Column: Tax Season Continues...

April 20, 2021

By Mark D. Boughton, Commissioner

For the second consecutive year, we enter the third week of April with an extended personal income tax filing and payment deadline still ahead of us. As a reminder, the due date for filing 2020 personal income tax returns is Monday, May 17th, 2021. The DRS highly recommends filing returns electronically, and requesting refunds via direct deposit to speed processing times.

Online Resources

While the CTCPA does an outstanding job keeping members informed of the latest information important to practitioners, keep in mind DRS has also posted a 2021 Connecticut Income Tax Filing Season FAQ with common questions, which can be accessed here, as well as from the DRS home page under ‘Most Popular’. The DRS also shares information regularly on social media via Facebook and Twitter; follow us @CTDRS.

DRS Videoconferencing Available

If you had not yet heard, DRS offers remote assistance by videoconference, by appointment, during normal business hours, which is a service available to both taxpayers and to their authorized representatives. To schedule an appointment, call 860-297-5770 (you may leave a voicemail).

American Rescue Plan Act / Unemployment Exclusion

The agency is currently working with the IRS on how the re-calculation of a taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income - with the American Rescue Plan’s unemployment exclusion - will flow down to states. For those who already filed their Connecticut return, and may be impacted by this re-calculation, we are asking for a bit of patience until a definitive answer comes from the IRS, so DRS can advise Connecticut taxpayers on their most efficient course of action. Latest DRS guidance on the topic can be found on the DRS website here.

Stay safe and healthy!