DRS: Only Five Days Left: Commissioner Sullivan Tells Taxpayers, Avoid the Guesswork, Use Free e-File

Only Five Days Left: Commissioner Sullivan Tells Taxpayers, Avoid the Guesswork, Use Free e-File


For Immediate Release:
Thursday, April 10, 2014


Hartford – Panicked Connecticut taxpayers may be scrambling to get last-minute papers together to meet the April 15 income tax filing deadline, but Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan has a message that can solve some problems for those worried about filing their state return: “File electronically.”


Said Commissioner Sullivan, “There are plenty of commercials out there raising your stress level by telling you how complicated taxes are and that hiring someone is the only way to get them done right. That isn’t true for Connecticut tax filers. Our free Taxpayer Service Center provides secure, electronic filing that takes the guesswork out of calculating your state income tax. You also receive a confirmation that your return was received by DRS.”


More than 1.1 million state income tax returns had been filed by Monday, April 7, with another 500,000 or more expected to be submitted by April 15. The vast majority of returns, just over 1 million, were filed electronically.


Said Commissioner Sullivan, “By filing electronically and choosing direct deposit for their refund, we have already issued 600,000 refunds totaling more than $403 million. Another 140,000 taxpayers had to wait much longer to receive their refunds on debit cards or checks.”


For taxpayers choosing direct deposit, electronically filed returns without any issues can produce a refund within a week. Debit card and check refund options can take two weeks or more. Paper returns filed at the end of the filing season can take weeks to process, meaning a taxpayer getting their refund on a debit card or check could wait ten weeks or more.


But taxpayers looking for refunds are not the only ones who wait till the last minute to file. Often taxpayers who owe tax, especially if they cannot afford to pay all that they owe by April 15, will wait till the last minute, or not even file a return. The last option, said Commissioner Sullivan, is a big mistake.


Said Commissioner Sullivan, “We know some taxpayers are facing financial hardships, but ignoring their income tax obligation to the state will only make the matter worse. In addition to the tax they already owe, penalty and interest will be added and the longer the debt isn’t paid, the more the amount will grow.”


Taxpayers who owe more than they can pay should still submit the return on time, Commissioner Sullivan said. They should also pay as much of the tax as they can to reduce the penalty and interest they will be charged.


Taxpayers who do not have all the information needed to file, but think they will owe tax should pay as much as they can when they file a CT-1040 EXT, Request for Extension of Time to File Connecticut Income Tax Return.


Taxpayers in a hardship situation can file a form CT-1127, Request for Extension of Time to Pay Income Tax.


Said Commissioner Sullivan, “While receiving an extension of time to pay will alleviate the penalty for late filing, interest on the unpaid tax still applies. That is why it is best for taxpayers to pay as much of the tax as they are able.”


Taxpayers not eligible for a payment extension or who believe they will need more than six months to pay their tax can request a payment plan from DRS through the Taxpayer Service Center when filing their return, or as soon as a bill is received.


For more information, visit the DRS website at www.ct.gov/DRS.


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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