CT DRS Payment Agreement: What You Need to Know

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) offers several payment agreement options for taxpayers who are unable to pay their tax bill in full or on time. These agreements can help avoid penalties and interest charges and make it easier to manage your tax obligations. In this article, we will explore the different types of CT DRS payment agreements and how to apply for them.

Types of CT DRS Payment Agreements

1. Installment Agreement

An installment agreement allows taxpayers to pay their tax debts over a period of time, typically between 12 to 36 months. This type of agreement requires the taxpayer to make monthly payments that are based on their ability to pay and the amount owed. Interest and penalty charges will continue to accrue until the balance is paid in full.

2. Offer in Compromise

An offer in compromise allows taxpayers to settle their tax debt for less than the full amount owed. This is only available in certain circumstances, including financial hardship or doubt as to the accuracy of the tax assessment. The taxpayer will need to provide detailed financial information to the DRS to determine if they qualify for this type of agreement.

3. Currently Not Collectible

A currently not collectible agreement allows taxpayers to temporarily suspend collection efforts by the DRS. This option is available for taxpayers who are facing financial hardship and cannot pay their tax debt at this time. The DRS will review the taxpayer’s financial situation periodically to determine if they are able to resume collections.

How to Apply for a CT DRS Payment Agreement

To apply for a CT DRS payment agreement, taxpayers can use the online payment agreement tool on the DRS website or contact the DRS Collections Unit at 860-297-4911. Before applying, taxpayers should have the following information ready:

– The amount owed and tax years involved

– Monthly income and expenses

– Total assets and liabilities

– Bank account information for electronic payments

Once the payment agreement is approved, the taxpayer must make the required payments on time and in full to avoid defaulting on the agreement. Defaulting on the agreement may result in additional penalties and interest charges.

Conclusion

A CT DRS payment agreement can help taxpayers who are struggling to pay their tax debt. It is important to explore the different options available and determine which one is best suited for your financial situation. Applying for a payment agreement is simple and can be done online or by contacting the DRS Collections Unit. Make sure to adhere to the terms of the agreement to avoid further penalties and interest charges.