Study: Overall CT tax system hits poor, middle class harder

February 28, 2022

The CT Mirror

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Connecticut’s state and municipal tax systems hammer the poor and middle class, likely more heavily than they did a decade ago, according to a new study released Monday by the Department of Revenue Services.

But while the latest tax fairness analysis — just the second in Connecticut history — shows working families facing even higher effective tax rates, the damage could be understated. Officials opted not to analyze the impact of four taxes that were reviewed when the first fairness report was released in 2011.

People who earned less than $44,758 in 2019 effectively lost nearly 26% of their earnings to taxes, nearly four times the rate paid by Connecticut’s wealthiest families, according to the study. Those making between $44,758 and $74,688 paid nearly three times that of those at the top.

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