Although the 2018 legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly ended with the adoption of bipartisan budget legislation, it was marked by a continued failure to conduct a more holistic review of the state’s sources of expense and revenue.  Such a review was invited by the 2015 report of the State Tax Panel and the more recent report of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth, but there seemed to be little appetite for debate on the subject in this gubernatorial election year. 
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) may take the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), a planning technique authorized in IRC Section 408(d)(8) that allows charitable contributions to be made directly from an IRA, and turn it into a household name. Here is an explanation of why it will be so popular, and exactly how

Connecticut was the last state in the country to adopt a budget, more than 120 days after the commencement of the current fiscal year.  The biennial budget for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019 was the result of bipartisan negotiations between Democrat and Republican legislators, which largely excluded the participation of Governor Malloy. 
Continue Reading 2017 Connecticut Tax Developments: The New Biennial Budget: Trick or Treat?

Effective January 1, 2018, each payer of pension and annuity distributions, including distributions from an employer pension, an annuity, or similar instrument or plan, will be required to deduct and withhold Connecticut income tax from the taxable portion of such distributions if the payer (i) maintains an office or transacts business in Connecticut, and (ii) makes payment of any amount taxable in Connecticut to a resident individual.
Continue Reading DRS Updates: New Withholding on Pensions and Annuities, Economic Nexus for Sales Tax and “Fresh Start” Program

The 2017 regular legislative session ended at midnight on June 7, 2017, with Governor Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly unable to agree on a biennial budget for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019, or on a strategy for how the state will address the estimated $5 billion deficit projected for that period.
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On April 17, 2017, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (“Department”) released eagerly awaited market-based sourcing guidance. The guidance will have an impact of virtually all companies (regardless of form) doing business within and without Connecticut. The guidance was issued in the form of Special Notice 2017(1) and provides a detailed explanation of the recent changes to Connecticut’s tax law concerning apportionment for taxpayers, including corporations, pass-through entities (such partnership and S corporations), and individuals.
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In IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (Rev. Proc. 2017-13), the IRS clarifies safe harbor conditions under which a management contract will not result in private business use of a property financed by tax-exempt bonds.

By way of background, the Internal Revenue Code allows tax-exempt bonds (i.e. interest on the bond is not taxable) to be issued

In his February 2016 State of the State address, Governor Malloy announced that his administration would be adopting a new approach to state budgeting in light of what he characterized as “the new economic reality” facing Connecticut and the nation.  The Governor’s proposed changes to the biennial budget, including significant rescissions, funding reductions and state

Shipman & Goodwin attorneys Alan E. Lieberman and Louis B. Schatz authored the article “2015 Connecticut Tax Law Developments” which was published in Connecticut Bar Journal. Coming off what was a relatively quiet year in 2014, the year 2015 was a tumultuous year for Connecticut tax law changes. The changes enacted during 2015 will