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The Connecticut Department of Revenue Service (DRS) operates in a similar manner to the IRS when handling taxpayers with unfiled and unpaid taxes. One of the main differences is that information on resolving certain problems is not as easy to find as it is on the IRS website.

The State of Connecticut does have a commitment to enforce tax laws fairly and to ensure that honest taxpayers don’t take on an unfair tax burden. The DRS states on their website, “As a Connecticut taxpayer, you have the right to be treated professionally, fairly, promptly and courteously by DRS and its employees.” With that being said, the State of Connecticut will help individuals resolve their tax problems and they should not be afraid to reach out to them for assistance.

Below are some of the common tax relief methods offered by the DRS to help taxpayers get back on track with their tax problems:

Tax Penalty Waiver

If you have been assessed penalties from unpaid taxes, late filings or an audit, the DRS will explain the penalties owed in detail. If you do not agree with the penalties that have been charged, you have the right to request a waiver of penalties. In order to do this, a request must be written to the DRS with a complete and clear explanation of why you do not believe the penalties should have been assessed. The reasons that they can be waived are similar to the IRS, which can be found here. The written letter can also be completed in a similar manner as mentioned here (not including the other forms mentioned that are IRS specific). Once you have completed your written petition, you should then send it to the following address:

Department of Revenue Services
Tax Review Committee
25 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT 06106

CT Installment Agreement

If you are not able to pay your bill in full, DRS may allow you to enter into an installment agreement. With an installment agreement you will be allowed to pay back the taxes owed in monthly increments. The DRS qualifies you based on your tax payment history and your current financial condition. If they determine you will likely be able to afford the payments and will make timely payments, they will approve your request.

In order to file for a Short Term Payment Plan Request you can use one of the two following options:

CT Offer of Compromise

Like the IRS, the DRS offers the ability for taxpayers to settle their taxes through an Offer of Compromise. With an offer of compromise, the taxpayer may be allowed to settle the taxes owed for less than the total amount if there is doubt as to liability, doubt as to collectibility or both. This is not an easy type of agreement to get approved, but for some taxpayers it is the most appropriate resolution method. To file for a CT offer of compromise it is required that the taxpayer fill out Form CT-656 and follow the specific procedures for making offers of compromise.

CT Taxpayer Services Options

If you were not able to resolve your tax problems through the normal channels that are provided on the DRS website, you write to the Taxpayer Advocacy Office in Hartford and explain your problem in detail and be sure to include your contact information for them to get back to you, or you can call them at (203) 297-5603. The address you can reach the Taxpayer Advocacy Office is the following:

Taxpayer Advocacy Office
Department of Revenue Services
25 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT 06106

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