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CT hasn’t started collecting new payroll tax from state workers

March 02, 2021

State officials imposed a new payroll tax starting Jan. 1 to launch the Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave program — but it’s more than two months into the year, and they haven’t begun collecting the levy from qualified state employees.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

CT Senate Passes Bill to Address Commuter Tax Issues

March 01, 2021

House Bill 6513 (HB 6513), An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences Resulting From Employees Working Remotely During Covid-19, and Concerning The Removal Of Liens On The Property Of Public Assistance Beneficiaries And Three-Tiered Grants In Lieu Of Taxes Program, passed the Senate today.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state
  • federal tax

IRS issues guidance for taxpayers caught up in unemployment overpayment debacle

March 01, 2021

A number of people who watched our report on unemployment overpayments Friday have reached out looking for answers. Connecticut is not the only state dealing with overpayment issues. The Internal Revenue Service is now issuing guidance.

  • coronavirus
  • state tax
  • advocacy - state
  • federal tax

What Employers Should Know About the COVID Vaccine

February 25, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine is providing many employers with the hope that things may soon return to normal—or as normal as can be considering a year-plus long pandemic. The vaccine certainly provides a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, but there are few things employers should consider while planning how to best protect their employees.

  • business and industry
  • coronavirus
  • practice management
  • advocacy - state

House Passes Bill to Address Commuter Tax Issues

February 24, 2021

House Bill 6513 (HB 6513), An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences Resulting From Employees Working Remotely During Covid-19, and Concerning The Removal Of Liens On The Property Of Public Assistance Beneficiaries And Three-Tiered Grants In Lieu Of Taxes Program, passed the House today and is expected to pass the Senate later this week or early next week.

  • business and industry
  • coronavirus
  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Will Continue Age-Based Approach To COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility; Educators and Childcare Providers To Have Dedicated Clinics in March

February 22, 2021

In an effort to ensure that Connecticut continues taking the most equitable and efficient approach to quickly administering the COVID-19 vaccine to as many people as possible, Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the state will continue with an age-based approach to expanding eligibility to the vaccine, explaining that other previously considered scenarios proved overly complex and confusing, would potentially exacerbate inequities in vaccine distribution, and slow down the process of providing it to Connecticut residents.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Lamont Bucks Advice In Sticking With Age, Educators

February 22, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont ignored advice from one of his vaccine subcommittees and will continue the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine based largely on age with the exception of educators.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

A pledge to share sales tax receipts with towns still goes unfulfilled. Was it a case of fiscal bait-and-switch?

February 19, 2021

For some municipal leaders, the state legislature’s 2015 promise to send hundreds of millions of dollars in sales tax revenue to cities and towns is one of the worst examples of fiscal bait-and-switch in Connecticut politics.

  • advocacy - state

Connecticut rolling back COVID-19 restrictions, allows greater capacity at weddings and other events beginning March 19; additional rollbacks could come later this week

February 17, 2021

Connecticut will allow for weddings and other social events with up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 outdoors as of March 19, Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

CT seeks to spare telecommuters from double taxation as it battles neighboring states in court

February 17, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont and the legislature’s Finance Committee are trying to shield thousands of residents with out-of-state employers from double taxation while Connecticut and its neighbors battle over fiscal policy in court.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

Finance panel eyes cap on property tax hikes, gears up for another battle over CT’s credit card

February 17, 2021

The legislature’s Finance Committee raised separate bills Wednesday that would cap municipal property tax hikes and potentially launch a second battle with Gov. Ned Lamont over control of Connecticut’s credit card.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

Watch and Read Gov. Ned Lamont's Budget Address

February 10, 2021

This budget address is for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

  • advocacy - state

AICPA Applauds Taxpayer Relief in Mobile Workforce Amendment

February 09, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has actively advocated for legislation to (a) provide taxpayers relief from inconsistent state and local income tax and withholding rules impacting employees and employers, and (b) create a uniform national standard to simplify and enhance compliance with various state and local tax laws, thereby reducing these burdens.

  • practice management
  • advocacy - state
  • advocacy - federal
  • federal tax

Connecticut residents aged 65 to 74 can now schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Here’s how

February 08, 2021

Connecticut is now booking COVID-19 vaccination appointments for residents aged 65 to 74.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

The latest tool in Connecticut to get vaccines to people, or people to vaccines: Uber

February 01, 2021

In what is believed to be a first in the country, Vernon officials have a made a deal with Uber to bring people to vaccine clinics.

  • coronavirus
  • advocacy - state

Lamont to extend COVID emergency until April 20

January 26, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont informed legislative leaders Monday he will extend from Feb. 9 until April 20 the public health and civil preparedness emergency that gives him sweeping powers to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

Senate leader pitches new state property tax on high-value homes

January 26, 2021

Connecticut’s tax fairness debate took another leap forward recently when the Senate’s highest-ranking Democrat proposed new taxes on high-value homes and on the capital gains of the state’s highest earners.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state

Businesses Could Face Penalties For Failing To Register With Paid Leave Authority

January 25, 2021

Fewer than half of the state’s 100,000 businesses have registered with the state as part of the Paid Family Medical Leave program. Some 40,000 Connecticut businesses have registered with the state to withhold half of a percent from employee wages to pay up to 12 weeks of paid family leave benefits starting in 2022.

  • business and industry
  • practice management
  • advocacy - state
  • state tax

Pandemic eases, and complicates, legislating

January 25, 2021

The Democratic co-chairs of the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee skipped the masks, but they undeniably were socially distant. Rep. Robyn Porter ran the meeting from her dining room table in New Haven. Sen. Julie Kushner participated from her den in Danbury.

  • coronavirus
  • technology and cybersecurity
  • advocacy - state

Gov. Ned Lamont tells Connecticut business leaders he’s ruling out ‘broad-based’ tax increases

January 22, 2021

Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday ruled out “broad-based” tax increases, telling business leaders that higher taxes over the past 30 years have failed to solve Connecticut’s problems.

  • state tax
  • advocacy - state