For Immediate Release: 5/13/2016
Contact: Zachary Janowski
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Yankee Institute Hosts Tax Freedom Day Event in Litchfield on May 20
Connecticut residents work longer to pay their tax bills than residents of any other state
Hartford, Conn. – Connecticut residents can breathe a collective sigh of relief later this month when their tax bills are finally settled for the year. The Yankee Institute for Public Policy is marking the occasion with a Tax Freedom Day Celebration on Friday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Saltwater Grille in Litchfield.
The event, which is a casual, happy hour format, will feature hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks (cash bar available), along with brief comments by Yankee staff, including the organization’s president, Carol Platt Liebau.
This year, residents of Connecticut must work until May 21 to settle their local, state and federal tax debt. Data from the Tax Foundation shows that Connecticut beat New Jersey for the dubious honor of last place in the nation by nine days; in 2015, the two states were tied, with taxpayers in both states working until May 15.
According to Liebau, Tax Freedom Day underscores the need for better tax policy in Connecticut. The Yankee Institute has been working with legislators to support budgets without tax increases, and to develop common-sense solutions that are fairer for Connecticut’s citizens.
“Connecticut taxpayers work longer to pay for government than residents of any other state,” she said, “yet it often seems that we don’t have more to show for it.”
“It’s time to ease our state tax burden and offer residents more value for their tax dollars,” Liebau said.
Space is limited for the May 20 event, and advance registration is required at www.yankeeinstitute.org/taxfreedom. There is a suggested donation of $10.
The Hartford-based Yankee Institute for Public Policy works to transform Connecticut into a place where everyone is free to succeed.