Senator Chapin Introduces Legislation to Provide Tax Relief to Connecticut Families and Seniors

February 19, 2013
State Senator Clark Chapin (R-30), right, speaks with host Jeff Zeiner, left, during a taping of Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders program.

State Senator Clark Chapin (R-30), right, speaks with host Jeff Zeiner, left, during a taping of Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders program.

Hartford – State Senator Clark Chapin (R-30) recently introduced several measures to provide tax relief for families and seniors in the 30th District and throughout Connecticut. The proposed bills are currently being considered during the 2013 legislative session.

“This year, I introduced several proposals that would reduce the tax burden on families and seniors because Connecticut residents already pay too high a price for energy, groceries and other costs,” said Senator Chapin. “This high cost of living was made even more difficult by the largest tax increase in state history that took place two years ago, and my proposals would be a first step toward lowering this burden.”

Senator Chapin’s proposals would reverse several of these tax hikes and provide tax relief to Connecticut residents, especially for low-income families and seniors. These measures include:

  • Senate Bill 574, An Act Concerning an Exemption from the Sales Tax for Nonprescription Drugs
  • Senate Bill 575, An Act Concerning a Sales Tax Exemption for Certain Clothing and Footwear
  • Senate Bill 579, An Act Increasing the Property Tax Credit

Senate Bill 574 would exempt over-the-counter drugs from the sales tax. These would likely include vitamins, drugs intended for coughs, colds, asthma or allergies, antihistamines, antacids and other medicines available for purchase without a prescription.

Senate Bill 575 would restore the sales tax exemption for clothing and footwear costing less than $50. In 2011, the legislature removed an exemption and made basic clothing and footwear taxable. In this year’s budget recommendations, the governor has announced his support for reintroducing the exemption for clothing and footwear costing less than $25. This proposal would be half the amount of Senator Chapin’s proposal to fully restore the exemption for basic articles of clothing and footwear.

Senate Bill 579 would increase the property tax credit to $500 per person. In 2011, the legislature reduced the amount of the property tax credit to $300 where it currently stands. The move to increase the credit back to $500 would provide additional tax relief and help reduce the property tax burden on Connecticut homeowners.

“I am urging members of the Finance Committee to consider and support these taxpayer-friendly proposals that stand to help Connecticut residents,” continued Senator Chapin. “We have a responsibility to reduce these and other burdens on families and seniors, and I applaud the Governor for recognizing the worth in exempting basic articles of clothing and footwear from the state sales tax.”

These three bills await further action by the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.