January 22, 2018

CT opens its tax-filing window today

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Kevin Sullivan, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services

Connecticut's top tax collector has declared Monday the official start date for state acceptance of 2017 income-tax filings, with April 17 as this year's filing deadline.

Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin Sullivan said the state's online Taxpayer Service Center began accepting individual tax returns electronically Jan 22.

The federal Internal Revenue Service launches the federal filing season on Jan. 29.

Because April 15 this year is a Sunday, and April 16 is a federal holiday, Emancipation Day, the filing deadline for both Connecticut and federal tax returns is two days later than usual -- April 17, Sullivan said.

Sullivan said more taxpayers each year choose to file their state returns free and securely online. Aside from extensive on-line instructions and forms, DRS provides paper returns and print information that are available at local town halls and libraries -- but no longer at post offices, he said.

He also pointed to changes this tax season for taxable year 2017 that include:

  • Taxpayers receiving teacher retirement payments need to be aware the state Legislature reduced the tax exempt portion of income from 50 percent to 25 percent, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2017; any prior withholding or estimated payments made during 2017 should be reviewed.
  • Eligibility for the income tax credit for property taxes paid is limited to individuals who are 65 years of age or older before the end of the applicable year, or who validly claim at least one dependent on their federal income tax return for that year.
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is reduced to 23 percent..
  • A crumbling foundations subtraction modification has been established.
  • A subtraction modification is established under the personal income tax for expenses related to donating an organ for transplant.
  • Refunds can now be contributed to the Mental Health Community Investment Account.
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