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Update – Some tax filing deadlines extended because of Tropical Storm Irene

August 31, 2011 Areawide, Business, Local News No Comments
TAX FORMS

"It is also likely that some taxpayers and tax preparers will have to recreate damaged or lost tax records. I hope this extension of time provides the relief our taxpayers in Connecticut and in other states similarly affected by this hurricane and tropical storm deserve at this difficult time." - Commissioner of CT Dept of Revenue Services Kevin B. Sullivan

Updated as of Aug. 31, 2011

Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan announced Aug. 31 that the deadline for filing certain business taxes will be extended to help businesses affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene.

State tax filing and payment due from Aug. 31, 2011 through Sept. 13, 2011 must now be mailed and postmarked by midnight on Sept. 13, 2011.

Payments by electronic funds transfer (EFT) must be initiated no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 12 to be considered timely.

If business taxpayers receive a late filing notices from DRS, they should call the department’s Taxpayer Services line at (860) 297-5962 to explain their situation.

“The weekend’s tropical storm caused flooding and damage to several businesses and has created widespread and extended power outages throughout the state of Connecticut and the Northeast,” Commissioner Sullivan said. “As a result, some business owners or their preparers may be unable to meet the Aug. 31 or Sept. 1 filing deadline for several taxes that must be filed.”

“By extending the deadline for these tax filings to (Sept. 13), we believe businesses should be able to meet their filing requirements and not incur penalties or interest,” Commissioner Sullivan said.

On Aug. 31, the Commissioner extended the deadline from a previous Sept. 7 to Sept. 13.

The list of taxes includes:

  • Sales and use tax,
  • Business use tax,
  • Room occupancy tax,
  • Admission and dues tax,
  • Alcoholic beverage tax,
  • Tourism surcharge,
  • Weekly income tax withholding,
  • Corporation business tax, and
  • Gift and Estate

Electronic returns must be filed and paper returns must be post-marked by midnight, (Sept. 13, 2011), to be considered timely.

“Gov. Malloy did a great job making sure the state was prepared for the severe weather, flooding and power outages,” Commissioner Sullivan said. “Still, areas of the state were hit hard and widespread power outages are likely to continue for some time, despite the best efforts of Northeast Utilities and Connecticut Light & Power to repair the damage.”

“It is also likely that some taxpayers and tax preparers will have to recreate damaged or lost tax records. I hope this extension of time provides the relief our taxpayers in Connecticut and in other states similarly affected by this hurricane and tropical storm deserve at this difficult time,” he said.

For information about various tax matters, visit the DRS website at www.ct.gov/DRS. Customer service callers should dial (800) 382-9463 (within Connecticut, but outside the Greater Hartford area) or (860) 297-5962 (from anywhere).

Posted Aug. 31, 2011 – updated with new deadline 4:37 p.m. Aug. 31, 2011

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