Tax Filing Date is Tuesday, April 18th This Year
Taxpayer Assistance Is Available
Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin Sullivan reminded taxpayers today that there’s a little extra time to file as the federal and state income tax deadline falls on Tuesday, April 18th. This year, the regular April 15 th deadline falls on a Saturday and is further delayed due to the federal income tax filing date being pushed back by the Washington, D.C. “Emancipation Day” holiday.
Said Commissioner Sullivan, “Just because there’s a little more time to file, taxpayers should never wait until the last minute. We estimate 1.8 million income tax returns this year from both paper and electronic filers. Even more this year, DRS is working to protect taxpayer identities and refunds from tax fraud and theft.”
Commissioner Sullivan recommends filing and paying electronically as it is fast and secure, reduces filing errors and provides an immediate confirmation receipt.
If you filed electronically and are sending a paper check payment and payment voucher Form CT-1040V, do not send an additional photo-copy of your return. Duplicate copies of returns are unnecessary and can cause delays and billing errors.
Commissioner Sullivan listed a number of tips for taxpayers:
- Use the free DRS Taxpayer Service Center to file for Connecticut income tax.
- Remember – an extension to file your return is not an extension to pay the amount due. Taxpayers who do not file by April 18th, or pay the full amount due, may face penalties and interest.
- Get free filing assistance. Lower income and older taxpayers can get excellent free tax preparation and filing assistance from AARP, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and Community Accounting Aid and Services, Inc. (CAAS).
- Consider a tax refund donation to charity. All or part of a state income tax refund can be donated to a wide variety of charities by a simple check-off box found on the Connecticut income tax return.
- Use a reputable tax preparer. Taxpayers with relatively simple tax financials do not need to pay for preparation services. For those who do, be sure to choose a legitimate mainstream paid preparer or on-line processor. Never sign blank tax forms. Avoid preparers that do not have refunds sent directly to taxpayers, pay refunds through debit cards or promote commercial tie-ins, refund anticipation loans or other financing or payment based on the amount of the refund. Always get a copy of the return that is filed.
- Don’t forget to report and pay Use Tax. Resident taxpayers making out-of-state online purchases where no Connecticut sales tax was collected at the time of purchase must declare and pay the Use Tax when filing their annual state income tax returns. Failure to do so can result in penalties, interest and even criminal enforcement.