Background.  As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the cost of providing certain transportation fringe benefits, including employer-provided parking, to employees of tax-exempt organizations became subject to federal income tax as unrelated business taxable income (“UBTI”).  This controversial federal tax, commonly referred to as the “parking tax”, become effective

Effective October 1, 2019, a new Connecticut law, P.A. 19-177, changed the existing requirements in Connecticut General Statutes Section 20-298b that apply to the ownership of architectural firms doing business as professional corporations incorporated in Connecticut. The new law now permits these architectural firms to have more than 33-1/3% of their voting stock owned by

Earlier this year, the Connecticut legislature repealed the biannual business entity tax (“BET”) of $250 for years commencing on or after January 1, 2020. The BET applied to each limited liability company, limited liability partnership, limited partnership and S corporation formed under the laws of Connecticut or registered to do business in Connecticut.

Since the

During the recently concluded 2019 legislative session, the Connecticut General Assembly passed an amendment of Connecticut General Statutes § 12-391(e)(2)(B) that is of critical importance to nonresidents who own real or tangible personal property located in Connecticut.

Prior to this amendment, some nonresidents formed business entities and transferred ownership of their Connecticut real or tangible

On June 26, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed a $43.4 billion budget for the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years. The biennial budget addresses the projected $3.7 billion budget deficit for the period, but still increases spending by 1.7% in the 2020 fiscal year, and by 3.4% in the 2021 fiscal year. Although a letter dated

On May 1, 2019 the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding approved and sent to the Senate, Substitute Bill 877 (the “Bill”). Although the Bill will likely be amended prior to its adoption by the Senate and the House, the Bill represents the first significant piece of proposed tax legislation that

Shipman & Goodwin attorney Louis Schatz authored the article Connecticut’s Response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017(Part II) for the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants online tax publication, Tax Stringer. An excerpt from the article is provided below.

This article is the second in a two-part series about 

As part of his proposed budget presented to the General Assembly last week, Governor Lamont proposed the elimination of the Connecticut gift tax.  Presently, and as noted in the Governor’s budget proposal, Connecticut is the only state with a gift tax.  The Governor’s proposal would eliminate imposition of the gift tax but provide for a

When Connecticut enacted legislation in 2017 to become a mandatory withholding state, effective January 1, 2018, for Connecticut residents receiving pension, 401(k), IRA or annuity distributions, few would have imagined the difficulty residents and payers would have understanding the new rules, including how the exception from withholding would apply for rollover distributions. Nor would many