Sec. 12-638i. Application to commissioner for hearing. (a) Any taxpayer, aggrieved by the action of the commissioner or the commissioner's authorized agent in fixing the amount of any tax, penalty or interest provided for by this chapter may apply to the commissioner, in writing, not later than sixty days after notice of such action is delivered or mailed to the taxpayer, for a hearing and a correction of the amount of the tax, penalty or interest so fixed, setting forth the reasons why such hearing should be granted and the amount of the tax, penalty or interest should be reduced. The commissioner shall promptly consider each such application and may grant or deny the hearing requested. If the hearing is denied, the applicant shall be notified thereof forthwith. If it is granted, the commissioner shall notify the applicant of the time and place fixed for such hearing. After such hearing the commissioner may make such order in the premises as appears to the commissioner just and lawful and shall furnish a copy of such order to the applicant. The commissioner may, by notice in writing, at any time within three years after the date when any return of any taxpayer has been due, order a hearing on the commissioner's own initiative and require the taxpayer or any other individual whom the commissioner believes to be in possession of relevant information concerning the taxpayer to appear before the commissioner or the commissioner's authorized agent with any specified books of account, papers or other documents, for examination under oath.
(b) Any taxpayer aggrieved because of any order, decision, determination or disallowance of the Commissioner of Revenue Services under the provisions of this chapter may, not later than thirty days after service upon the taxpayer of notice of such order, decision, determination or disallowance, take an appeal therefrom to the superior court for the judicial district of New Britain, which shall be accompanied by a citation to the Commissioner of Revenue Services to appear before said court. Such citation shall be signed by the same authority and such appeal shall be returnable at the same time and served and returned in the same manner, as is required in case of summons in a civil action. The authority issuing the citation shall take from the appellant a bond or recognizance to the state of Connecticut with surety to prosecute the appeal to effect and to comply with the orders and decrees of the court in the premises. Such appeals shall be preferred cases to be heard, unless cause appears to the contrary, at the first session by the court or by a committee appointed by it. Said court may grant such relief as may be equitable and, if such tax has been paid prior to the granting of such relief, may order the Treasurer to pay the amount of such relief, with interest at the rate of two-thirds of one per cent per month or fraction thereof, to the aggrieved taxpayer. If the appeal has been taken without probable cause, the court may tax double or triple costs, as the case demands and, upon all such appeals which may be denied, costs may be taxed against the appellant at the discretion of the court, but no costs shall be taxed against the state.
(P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 89-251, S. 47, 203; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 91-236, S. 18, 25; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-26, S. 34, 52; 95-220, S. 4-6; P.A. 99-215, S. 24, 29; P.A. 19-186, S. 26.)
History: P.A. 89-251, S. 47 effective July 1, 1989, and applicable to sales or transfers of real property occurring on or after that date; P.A. 91-236 provided for 60, rather than 30, days to request a hearing, effective July 1, 1991, and applicable to taxes due on or after that date; P.A. 95-26 amended Subsec. (b) to establish a process for appeal of actions by the commissioner, 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 (Revisor's note: P.A. 88-230, 90-98, 93-142 and 95-220 authorized substitution of “judicial district of Hartford” for “judicial district of Hartford-New Britain” in 1995 public and special acts, effective September 1, 1998); P.A. 99-215 replaced “judicial district of Hartford” with “judicial district of New Britain” in Subsec. (b), effective June 29, 1999; P.A. 19-186 amended Subsec. (a) to make technical changes, and amended Subsec. (b) to replace “within one month” with “not later than thirty days”, effective July 8, 2019.
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