CT Tax Exemption for Retirees

Posted on January 31, 2020 by admin


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With tax season upon us, I want to share some helpful information.

As part of the 2017 bipartisan budget, the legislature passed a long-time Republican proposal and raised the income thresholds that allow some taxpayers to be able to deduct 100 percent of their federally taxable Social Security income, therefore expanding this deduction to more taxpayers.

Effective in 2019, the threshold increases from $50,000 to $75,000 for single filers and married people filing separately, and $60,000 to $100,000

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New Laws Effective January 1

Posted on January 2, 2020 by admin


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I want to wish you and your families a safe and happy New Year! With 2020 now upon us, you should be aware of new taxes and laws that went into effect on January 1.

These new taxes, which I opposed when they came up for debate earlier in the year, include those on:

  • Dry Cleaning – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to dry cleaning services & laundry services
  • Parking – Existing state sales tax rate will be expanded to parking fees
  • Interior Design Service – Existing state sales tax rate

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Real IDs: Do I Need One? How Do I Get One?

Posted on November 21, 2019 by admin


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According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), beginning on October 1, 2020, the U.S. Federal Government will require anyone boarding an airplane for domestic travel or entering certain federal buildings to have a “verified” driver’s license, state-issued ID card, or show additional proof of identification, such as a passport. This verification is indicated on your license or ID card by a gold star in the top right corner and is commonly referred to as a “Real ID.”

With this deadline

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Rep. Frey and Governor Lamont Work Together to Help the Curran Family Raise Awareness about Their Son’s Rare Disease

Posted on November 19, 2019 by admin


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Governor Proclaims World Duchenne Awareness Day in the State of Connecticut; Second state in the country to recognize this important day.

In this season of thanks, Connecticut residents Christopher and Jessica Curran today expressed gratitude to both State Representative John Frey (R-111) and Governor Lamont for working together in a bipartisan fashion to raise awareness about their son’s rare disease – Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The Ridgefield family said they are thankful for Representative Frey’s

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Weatherizing Your Home Saves Money

Posted on October 30, 2019 by admin


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In honor of today being National Weatherization Day, I wanted to share information and tips on making your home more energy efficient.

Right now, people across Connecticut spend significant amounts of money to stay warm all winter and the state spends a lot of money on fuel assistance programs. Unfortunately, many of the homes with the greatest need are not weatherized, or don’t have enough insulation and weatherization to adequately protect against cold New England winters. Essentially, your hard-earned

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Drug Take Back Day is October 26

Posted on October 14, 2019 by admin


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Saturday, October 26th is National Drug Take Back Day. The Take Back Day is part of the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

The Ridgefield Police Department accepts unwanted and unused drugs, however they do NOT accept needles, sharps or liquids.

Ridgefield Police Department

76 E. Ridge Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Help prevent over-the-counter (cough medicine, pain relievers, etc.) and prescription drug abuse by dropping off any unwanted, expired, or unused

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New Taxes Effective October 1st!

Posted on September 25, 2019 by admin


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October 1, 2019, marks the onset of millions of dollars in new tax and fee increases on some of our most consumed goods and services. These taxes, along with those that went into effect throughout the summer, were included in the state budget passed this year and will undoubtedly have a negative impact on families, seniors, and businesses throughout our state.

In an effort to keep you informed, here are some of the tax increases going into effect next week:

Digital Goods – The current tax on digital

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Call for Special Session to Eliminate Grocery tax

Posted on September 19, 2019 by admin


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House and Senate Republicans are calling on Governor Lamont to bring the legislature into special session to fix a piece of legislation passed in the Democrat state budget that created new taxes on hundreds of grocery store foods, and also substantially increased taxes on prepared meals.

These new and increased taxes will negatively and disproportionately impact senior citizens and others on a fixed income, the underemployed and the middle class.

The House of Representatives needs 76 members to sign

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7.35% “Meal tax” Will Hurt Connecticut Families

Posted on September 13, 2019 by admin


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After the Department of Revenue Services issued a clarifying statement regarding the new “meal tax”  this week, State Representative John Frey (R-111) came out strongly against the measure, saying it will hurt Connecticut families who already struggle to make ends meet and pay ever-increasing food costs.

Part of the Democrat state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019, the “meal tax” adds an additional 1% to the cost of many items already taxed at 6.35%, but the DRS statement clarifies that

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Stand Down 2019

Posted on September 9, 2019 by admin


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On Friday, September 20th, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the 2019 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services that they have earned.

Many community providers will have booths set up at the event with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings, and legal services.

Additional details are below: