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Local lawmakers speak out about DRS interpretation of prepared meals definition

Local lawmakers continue to speak out about the Department of Revenue Services guidelines from last week that redefined prepared meals, and increased the items subject to a higher sales tax. 

New Fairfield Representative Richard Smith says the tax is being implemented in a confusing way, for example, a package of two rolls from the bakery will be taxed, but a package of only six will not.  Smith says smaller ‘mom and pop’ establishments are going to suffer under the burden of complying with these complicated new tax laws and also keeping their customers.

Bethel Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan says the guidance was more broad than intended.  He called on the Commissioner to amend the document.  He added that no budget is a perfect document and says he's be happy to work with anyone who wants to help rollback this provision.