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  • Dan Haar: Payroll tax reform moving forward for 2020 (Hearst Connecticut)

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    The radical idea of replacing most of the state income tax with a payroll tax paid by employers has bubbled quietly among a handful of policymakers for much of this year, and some had hoped it would come to a vote before the General Assembly ends its regular session June 5. That won’t happen. But even as lawmakers and Gov. Ned Lamont lurch toward a new state budget, some are still hard at work on the payroll tax concept — with an eye toward bringing a massive tax reform bill in 2020 that could save taxpayers and employers $1.6 billion a year and still net the state more than it takes in now.

  • Swap of payroll tax for income tax has Capitol abuzz, but questions are aplenty (Hearst Connecticut)

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    When a radical plan to replace the state’s income tax with a payroll tax landed in Gov. Ned Lamont’s office earlier this week, his staff set to work vetting the idea. But even with the Capitol abuzz with the possibility, it’s unlikely to go anywhere during this legislative session with less than a month remaining, several other major proposals on the table and a growing list of questions — but not answers — about what such a drastic change in the state’s tax structure would mean for Connecticut residents.

  • Dan Haar: Payroll tax would replace state income tax under radical new plan (Hearst Connecticut)

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    Democrats including Gov. Ned Lamont are preparing to replace most of the state income tax with a payroll tax, a new way to raise cash for the state that would mark the most radical change in Connecticut finances since the income tax started 28 years ago. The plan would mean a tax cut for every person who works in Connecticut, at least in theory. The plan came from the Connecticut School Finance Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in New Haven that works on public finance issues.