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Desperate for revenue, Connecticut DRS makes a bold move sending notices to Newegg customers

If you're a Connecticut resident, chances are you've been shortchanging the State Treasury each year when you file your state income tax return, most likely without even realizing it. With the increasing ubiquity of the online marketplace and the convenience that online shopping offers, many have turned to the internet to buy all manner of goods and services. The fact that many online retailers do not charge sales tax on purchases is seen by many to be an extra incentive to shop online. However, what many do not realize is that just because your go-to online store doesn't charge you sales tax doesn't mean that you're off the hook for paying taxes. Connecticut law requires you to self-report the purchase and pay use tax in lieu of sales tax. For years, many have flouted this requirement with little to no consequence, as means of effective enforcement simply did not exist. However, this week the Connecticut DRS made waves by sending out use tax assessments for prior years to customers of at least one online retailer:

How the IRS travel ban works

Starting in 2018, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) will begin to require a REAL ID in order for a US citizen to board a US domestic flight. Most states issue IDs that comport to the REAL ID standards. However, a few don't. If you are a US citizen in a state that does not have a REAL ID, you will have to use your US passport or military ID ( if you have one) in order to board. If you do not have such an ID, you can not fly. Or, to put it another way, you are banned.

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