Connecticut Gov. Lamont proposes state’s 1st tax cut in nearly 30 years

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday his new two-year budget plan will include the state’s first personal income tax rate reduction since 1996, one of several tax relief proposals he will officially unveil to the General Assembly on Wednesday. The proposed rate changes are predicted to benefit about 1.1 million of the state’s 1.7 million tax filers, according to the Democrat. “I want to cut taxes for the middle class,” Lamont said in a written statement. He said the state is in better fiscal shape compared to when he first took office four years ago and can now afford to reduce tax rates. CT GOV. LAMONT PROPOSES OPEN CARRY BAN, OTHER GUN RESTRICTIONS Connecticut’s personal income tax has seven tax brackets, with rates ranging from 3% to 6.99%. The rates are marginal, affecting income up to a certain amount. Currently, a single filer pays a 3% tax on their first $10,000 of adjusted gross income and a 5% tax on income up to $50,000. Under Lamont’s plan, the 3% percent rate would be permanently lowered to 2% beginning with the 2024 income year, while the 5% rate would drop to 4.5%. For married couples filing jointly, the new 2% rate would apply to their first $20,000 of adjusted gross income and the 4.5% rate would apply to income up to $100,000. Lamont estimated some joint filers could save almost $600 and some single filers could save nearly $300, depending on their adjusted gross income. MINNESOTA GOV. WALZ PROPOSES TAX CREDIT FOR 2.5 MILLION FAMILIES Lamont and state lawmakers, both the majority Democrats and minority Republicans, are taking steps during this year’s legislative session to make Connecticut more affordable. Proposals include establishing special electric rates for low-income residents and scrapping Lamont’s recently enacted highway use fee for heavy trucks to help fund transportation projects. Lamont has already announced plans to permanently increase the state’s refundable state income tax credit for low-to-moderate-income working individuals and fully restore the “pass-through entity tax credit” that helps business owners avoid the federal government’s $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions. The governor is scheduled to address a joint session of the General Assembly Wednesday at noon EST.
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