Commissioner Mark Boughton

A message from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.

“Paying taxes is the responsibility of every individual and business and all of us must do our part.”

— Commissioner Mark Boughton

Commissioner Mark Boughton

The State of Connecticut is giving residents and businesses the opportunity to Get Right if you’ve fallen behind on filing and paying your state taxes.

Tax relief offered through the Connecticut Tax Amnesty program is available November 1st, 2021 through January 31st, 2022. The program offers a significant reduction in interest and waives penalties for those who have not filed, have under reported or have existing liabilities related to taxes owed to the State.

We know the past 18 months has been difficult. But paying taxes is the responsibility of every individual and business, and ensures fairness in state tax collection. Taxes paid to the Department of Revenue Services support critical functions, and flow directly to all of our communities in the form of roads, schools, parks, healthcare, and other state-sponsored programs. Recently, we’ve seen these funds put to work to support important public health and safety measures such as ensuring access to testing and vaccines in the fight against COVID-19.

Your tax dollars help create transformational investments that you and many others benefit from - in areas such as affordable childcare and healthcare, workforce development, education and broadband access. We can only accomplish these things if everyone pays their fair share.

Now’s your chance to Get Right. If you owe back taxes, apply for the Connecticut Tax Amnesty program today. All taxes must be paid online by or before January 31, 2022. Act now. Failure to resolve Connecticut tax obligations during the limited Tax Amnesty period will result in penalties, payment of 100% of the interest owed on your tax debt, and possible criminal prosecution.

Pay Taxes. Get Right.

A message from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.

“Paying taxes is the responsibility of every individual and business and all of us must do our part.”
— Commissioner Mark Boughton

Owe back taxes?
Make it right before it’s too late.

The pandemic has been tough on us all, but now’s the time to get right. If you owe back taxes for periods up to and including 2020, we’re offering a limited window of opportunity to pay up at reduced interest with no penalties and no criminal prosecution — because it’s important for us all to do our part. Connecticut state taxes fund essential services for all residents and communities, including vital programs in the fight against COVID-19. We’re all in this together. So, if you owe back taxes, now until January 31st, 2022 is the time to get right.

FAQs

Want to know more? Find all the answers to our most frequently asked questions here.

The Connecticut tax amnesty program begins Monday, November 1, 2021, and ends Monday, January 31, 2022.

Benefits include:

  • Reduction of the interest by 75%.
  • Elimination of all penalties associated with liabilities satisfied under the Connecticut tax amnesty program.
  • Avoidance of criminal prosecution.

The Connecticut tax amnesty program is a voluntary program that provides taxpayers with the opportunity to significantly satisfy outstanding tax liabilities on a favorable basis. Taxpayers who have unfiled returns, underreported obligations, or existing tax obligations who do not take advantage of the Connecticut tax amnesty program by January 31, 2022, will not be eligible for the benefits of the program.

Filing Connecticut taxes is not voluntary. Taxpayers who do not resolve their Connecticut tax obligations in full by January 31, 2022, may face a variety of enforcement actions including criminal prosecution.

Any tax period ending on or before December 31, 2020. There is no limit on how far back an applicant may go in reporting back taxes. A “tax period” is the period for which the tax is due.

No. Individual income taxpayers may apply for amnesty for 2020 or a prior year, but not for 2021. Business taxpayers who file monthly or quarterly may apply for amnesty up through the period ending December 31, 2020.

The following are eligible:

  • Individuals or businesses that owe taxes and are required by law to file a tax return with DRS – within an eligible tax period – but have not filed. Individuals or businesses that previously filed a tax return with DRS – for an eligible tax period – but did not report all the tax that was due.
  • Individuals or businesses that currently have an unpaid tax liability with DRS that includes tax and penalty and/or interest.
  • Individuals or businesses currently under audit by DRS for periods ending on or before December 31, 2020.
  • Any individual or business with a protest pending before DRS’s Appellate Division.
  • Any individual taxpayer or business currently pursuing civil litigation with DRS.

The following taxpayers are not eligible to participate:

  • Anyone currently under criminal investigation by DRS.
  • Anyone who is party to any criminal litigation pending as of November 1, 2021.
  • Anyone who is party to a closing agreement with DRS.
  • Anyone who has made an Offer of Compromise that has been accepted by DRS.
  • Anyone who is party to a managed audit agreement.

As a general rule, most taxes administered by DRS are eligible for amnesty. Examples of taxes administered by DRS that are eligible:

  • Business use tax
  • Cigarette tax
  • Corporation business tax
  • Gift tax
  • Income tax (individuals, estates, and trusts)
  • Individual use tax
  • Motor vehicle fuels tax
  • Sales and use tax
  • Withholding tax
  • Pass-through entity tax

Yes, Connecticut motor carrier road tax (IFTA) is not eligible.

Still need more answers? Download our full FAQ list here.

Contact us

If you have additional questions, please contact our Amnesty Help Line and a representative will be happy to assist you.

Call 1-866-658-1528

Where do my taxes go?

Your taxes directly support services that keep our state running safely and smoothly—funding everything from schools and roads to public health and safety measures in the fight against COVID-19. See all you contribute to when you get right: