2015 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 12 - Taxation
Chapter 212a - Public Service Companies Tax
Section 12-268d - Failure to pay tax when due. Penalty provisions.
(a) If any company included in section 12-249, 12-256, 12-264 or 16-331cc, or municipal utility, as defined in section 12-265, fails to pay the amount of tax reported to be due on its return within the time specified under the provisions of chapter 210, 211, 212 or this chapter or section 16-331cc, there shall be imposed a penalty equal to ten per cent of such amount due and unpaid, or fifty dollars, whichever is greater. Such amount shall bear interest at the rate of one per cent per month or fraction thereof, from the due date of such tax until the date of payment.
(b) If any company or municipal utility has not made its return within one month after the time specified in section 12-249, 12-256, 12-264 or 16-331cc, the commissioner may make such return at any time thereafter, according to the best information obtainable and according to the form prescribed. To the tax imposed upon the basis of such return, there shall be added an amount equal to ten per cent of such tax, or fifty dollars, whichever is greater. The tax shall bear interest at the rate of one per cent per month or fraction thereof, from the due date of such tax until the date of payment. No taxpayer shall be subject to a penalty under both subsections (a) and (b) of this section in relation to the same tax period.
(c) Subject to the provisions of section 12-3a, the commissioner may waive all or part of the penalties provided under this chapter when it is proven to his satisfaction that the failure to pay any tax was due to reasonable cause and was not intentional or due to neglect.
(1961, P.A. 604, S. 19; P.A. 76-114, S. 14, 21; P.A. 81-64, S. 6, 23; P.A. 87-124, S. 7, 18; P.A. 88-314, S. 8, 54; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-4, S. 54, 85; P.A. 95-26, S. 6, 52; P.A. 95-160, S. 64, 69; P.A. 06-186, S. 73; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 10.)
History: P.A. 76-114 deleted reference to “annual” return, effective July 1, 1976, and applicable to gross earnings in calendar quarter commencing January 1, 1977, and each calendar quarter thereafter; P.A. 81-64 made penalty previously applicable to those failing to pay within three months applicable in all cases, reducing per cent from 25% to 10%, deleted previous lesser penalty of $25 applicable to those failing to meet deadline and added waiver provision applicable to other state taxes; P.A. 87-124 inserted references to Sec. 12-249 and chapter 210 concerning taxation of railroad companies, effective January 1, 1988, and applicable with respect to the tax imposed under chapter 210 on gross earnings in the calendar year ending December 31, 1987, and in each calendar year thereafter; P.A. 88-314 made technical amendments related to the penalty and interest applicable for failure to pay tax when due in accordance with chapter 210, 211, 212 or 212a and clarified applicable penalties and interest for failure to make a return within one month after the time specified in Sec. 12-249, 12-256 or 12-264, effective July 1, 1988, and applicable to any tax which first becomes due and payable on or after said date, to any return or report due on or after said date, or in the case of any ongoing obligation imposed in accordance with said act, to the tax period next beginning on or after said date; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-4 in Subsec. (b) reduced interest rate from 1.66% to 1% and provided that such interest may only be applied on the tax rather than on the tax and any penalty, effective July 1, 1995, and applicable to taxes due and owing on or after said date; P.A. 95-26 amended Subsec. (a) to lower interest rate 1.66% to 1%, effective July 1, 1995, and applicable to taxes due and owing on or after July 1, 1995, whether or not those taxes first became due before said date; P.A. 95-160 revised effective date of May Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-4 but without affecting this section; P.A. 06-186 amended Subsec. (a) by adding citation to Sec. 12-265 re definition of municipal utility, effective July 1, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to reference Sec. 16-331cc, effective October 6, 2007.
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