An online tax system launching next week will allow Connecticut residents to file their taxes via the state’s new online business portal, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday.
The filing system, called myConneCT, was originally announced by Lamont in January as a replacement for the state’s current online filing system that was built in 2002. Using the new system, taxpayers will be able to file their state returns, make payments and view filing histories with a single username and password on mobile devices or desktop computers, as well as correspond with the state’s Department of Revenue Services.
Initially, only business tax filings will be eligible to pay through the service, the DRS said, but future versions will include all types of filings. The new tax filing system is just one part of a larger, four-part modernization effort within the DRS, Lamont said in a press announcement.
“This new portal is just one piece of our larger efforts to make sure that businesses spend less time talking to us at the state – and more time growing their business,” Lamont said. “This work has continued even during the COVID-19 pandemic because we are committed to ensuring that businesses have what they need to be successful in Connecticut in all climates. We know that our commitment to continuing this work no matter what will help us come out of the pandemic even stronger – and I am excited to see this program grow.”
The ability to access online services has become increasingly important during the pandemic as states seek to encourage social-distancing guidelines, while ensuring services remain available for as many people as possible. And for state governments, collecting revenue like owed income taxes will be of particular interest as they face shrinking budgets. Connecticut is projecting a $2.1 billion deficit for the coming fiscal year.