DRS: Commissioner Advises Retailers, Consumers: Gun Safety Devices Not Subject to Sales Tax

Commissioner Advises Retailers, Consumers: Gun Safety Devices Not Subject to Sales Tax

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Hartford – After learning that a major retailer in Connecticut has apparently been incorrectly charging sales tax, Department Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan today reminded retailers and consumers that the sale of firearm safety devices is not subject to Connecticut sales and use tax.


Said Commissioner Sullivan, “Since 1999, Connecticut General Assembly has exempted sales of firearm safety devices from the state sales tax as a way to promote safe storage and handling of firearms. It’s hard to imagine why a major retailer like the one in this case has wrongly been taxing consumers.  I am grateful to the taxpayers and media that brought this situation to light. Consumers should present the receipt showing sales tax charged where they made the purchase and the retailers owes them a tax refund in full.”


Firearm safes, lock boxes, trigger locks and barrel locks are among firearms safety product that are exempt from state sales and use tax. 


DRS has contacted the retailer to require that it cease and desist from collecting tax on these exempt sales, fully refund taxpayers and demonstrate that the tax collected was indeed remitted.  The agency is also reminding the public that it welcomes complaints of erroneous or fraudulent tax practices which can even be reported anonymously on an on-line tip site maintained by DRS.     


For more information about the Connecticut tax issues, visit www.ct.gov/DRS or call 1-800-382-9463 (Connecticut calls outside the Greater Hartford calling area only) or 860-297-5962 (from anywhere). Media calls should be directed to the communications office at (860) 297-5610 or emailed to sarah.kaufman@po.state.ct.us.



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