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Got an Unpaid Tax Bill? Connecticut is Offering Amnesty

  • Connecticut Department of Revenue Services to debut amnesty period next week for businesses and individuals that owe back taxes
  • Period applies to most taxes owed through Dec. 31, 2020
  • Businesses can repay taxes at a reduced interest rate and avoid penalties

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Businesses that have failed to file a tax return in recent years or are otherwise facing trouble with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services can take advantage of a three-month amnesty period which will begin next week.

The program acknowledges the difficulties businesses have been facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and says the limited window of opportunity allows them to address any unpaid back taxes. The amnesty period begins Nov. 1 and will run through Jan. 31.

Participants can pay back missed taxes for any tax period ending on or before Dec. 31, 2020, at a 75 percent reduced interest rate with no penalties. The amnesty period also waives the possibility of criminal prosecution during this period.

  • Amnesty is available to businesses that have not filed a tax return with DRS as required by law; that previously filed a return but did not report all tax that was due; that have a current unpaid tax liability; that are currently under audit by DRS for periods ending on or before Dec. 31, 2020; that have a protest pending before DRS’s Appellate Division; and that are pursuing civil litigation with DRS
  • Ineligible businesses include those under criminal investigation or with criminal charges pending as of Nov. 1, any business that is party to a closing agreement or that has made an Offer of Compromise, and any party to a managed audit agreement
  • Amnesty is available for all taxes administered by DRS with the exception of the Connecticut motor carrier road tax
  • Applications can be filed online at

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