Tax commissioner: no power to waive interest in tax mix-up

- FILE - State Capitol building in Hartford. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s tax commissioner says he has no authority to waive interest penalties on taxpayers whose 2015 tax returns were miscalculated by his office.

House Republican Leader Themis Klarides is calling it “patently unfair” that affected taxpayers are now being told they must pay the difference by Dec. 31 or face additional costs. The interest rate for normal tax deficiencies is 12 percent.

She asked Commissioner Kevin Sullivan to waive any fees and late payment interest on Wednesday.

Sullivan contends the agency’s latest warning is “not new” and mirrors the warning DRS gave months ago when it acknowledged miscalculating the property tax credit on 120,000 tax returns.

He says those taxpayers determined to have underpaid were informed they’d face interest if they didn’t pay what was owed.
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