Thursday, January 30, 2014
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy apparently has learned from former Gov. John G. Rowland’s mistake.
By proposing to rebate sales and gasoline taxes -– instead of income taxes -– Malloy would spare nearly all recipients from having to share about 30 percent of their bonus with the federal government.
Rowland made that mistake in 1998 when he and the General Assembly launched the first tax rebate program in state history. Just over $100 million in income tax receipts were sent back to residents, with $50 going to individuals and $100 to couples.
The rebate proved popular in the polls, and Rowland sailed to easy re-election that November. But many taxpayers grumbled the following spring when they learned they had to pay federal income taxes on their state tax rebate.
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