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INCOME TAX REBATES TO BE ISSUED NEXT WEEK

Contact: Steve Jensen
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About 900,000 Connecticut residents should receive tax rebate checks of up to $150 next week, State Comptroller Nancy Wyman said today.

Mailing of the checks is scheduled to begin Monday, said Wyman, who first proposed a rebate plan last December. Rebates will be paid with $115 million of the state's year-end budget surplus, which was created by unexpectedly strong revenues from the income tax, the sales tax and the capital gains tax.

To qualify for a rebate, residents must have filed a return by May 1, 1998, or by Oct. 16, 1998 under a timely extension request, and paid Connecticut property tax on a primary residence or motor vehicle in 1997.

"The checks being sent out Monday are for those taxpayers who filed a return by May 1," Wyman said. "Everyone else who qualifies for a rebate will have their check mailed by Dec. 15."

The minimum rebate is $50 for anyone who is eligible. Single taxpayers or married taxpayers filing separately will receive $75 or an amount equal to the taxpayer's Connecticut personal income tax liability after the property tax credit is applied, whichever is less.

Eligible head of household taxpayers will be rebated $120 or an amount equal to the taxpayer's personal income tax liability after the property tax liability is applied.

Married taxpayers filing jointly will be rebated $150 or an amount equal to the taxpayer's personal income tax liability after the property tax credit is applied.

Further information can be obtained by calling the Department of Revenue Services rebate hotline at 1-800-382-9463.

In addition to the income tax rebates to be mailed next week, $8 million in supplemental checks to elderly and disabled renters and homeowners who already qualify for existing state assistance will be mailed by September 15. The supplemental checks will be $100 regardless of marital status.

Further information on the supplemental checks for elderly and disabled renters and homeowners can be obtained by calling the Office of Policy and Management at 1-800-286-2214.

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For Immediate Release
July 24, 1998
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