Senator wants to simplify state income tax collection - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Senator wants to simplify state income tax collection

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (WFSB file photo) Sen. Richard Blumenthal (WFSB file photo)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he plans to call for the simplification and standardization of state income tax collection for workers who have to travel beyond Connecticut's borders.

Blumenthal, leaders from The Hartford, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and Connecticut certified public accountants will call for that to happen for employees who travel out of state.

They're holding a news conference at The Hartford at One Hartford Plaza in the capital city at 12:30 p.m.

Blumenthal said workers face a confusing web of up to 41 different state income tax reporting requirements that vary based on how long they stay in each state and the income they earn.

"Travel is a vital part of our business economy, something we should support, not stifle through arbitrary and conflicting state tax policies," Blumenthal said.

He said Connecticut-based employees are required to file income tax returns every year, even if they spend just a few days working in another state.

He called it an unfair system that penalizes employees and businesses. He said it threatens to stifle innovation and collaboration.

"Workers who meet with clients, vendors or colleagues out of state should not be required to file multiple state income tax returns, a waste of time and money better spent growing jobs and strengthening the local economy,” Blumenthal said. 

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