In an effort to help out the restaurant business that was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Connecticut has come up with a plan.

The Department of Revenue Services is making restaurant owners aware of new legislation recently enacted by the Connecticut General Assembly that states that certain sellers of meals are allowed to keep the sales tax they collect during certain pre-selected weeks.

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There are, however, a few stipulations in order to qualify for this perk. The seller must make the meals on the premises and be included in Sector 72 of the North American Industrial Classification System. If the restaurant falls within the parameters of Sector 72, then they will be eligible to qualify for this stimulus benefit and will be able to retain the sales tax they collect for only one of the following weeks.

  • August 1 to August 7 of 2021
  • December 12 to December 18 of 2021
  • May 15 to May 21 of 2022 

Again, what this all means is that restaurants are eligible to retain sales tax associated with the meals sold at that specific restaurant only during one of the three weeks listed above. It's the sole discretion of the seller of the meals if, or if not, they want to take advantage of this legislation. If they decide to participate, they will have to provide information about the sale of the meals that they prepared during one of the weeks that they select.

If your a restaurant owner and want more information about this benefit, you can visit the DRS website, or call DRS anytime Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM at 800-382-9463, or 860-297-5962.

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