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Representative John B. Larson – Connecticut’s 1st District

Last week, I held a teletown hall with special guest, Ken Corbin, the IRS Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer. It was great to hear from our neighbors and share resources and information to assist with filing your taxes. Ken went into great detail and provided a wealth of knowledge to make tax filing season a little less stressful this year. If you missed our town hall, you can watch the full event below. 

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You might be eligible for certain tax credits and deductions that can increase your refund, such as the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit. If you have an Adjusted Gross Income of $73,000 or less, you can file online for free with IRS Free File . For free income tax filing assistance in Connecticut, click here . If you are having trouble with a problem related to the IRS, please reach out to my Hartford office at 860-278-8888.  Join our next town hall! To sign up for updates so you never miss an event, click here . To follow what I’m working on both in Washington and in Connecticut, visit my Facebook page , follow me on Twitter , or follow me on Instagram .Best wishes,

Representative John B. Larson – Connecticut’s 1st District

Dear Friends-
Over the past two weeks, the Ways and Means Committee has debated and advanced the Build Back Better Act, legislation based on proposals put forward by President Biden, which includes many of my priorities. This bill will provide historic, long-term investments in our nation’s economic future. During this time, we approved measures to provide tax cuts for workers and families, create jobs, lower health care costs, and combat the climate crisis. With this bill, Democrats have put forward the most consequential investment in the middle-class since the New Deal. Republicans on the committee attempted to dismantle this bill, opposing spending that would reach those who need it to support their families.

The Republican tax cuts of 2017 saw 83 percent of the cuts go to the nation’s wealthiest 1 percent. They believe that the middle class and working poor should be grateful for the benevolence of what trickles down to them, while the wealthiest 1 percent buy stock options and assets and only further expand their wealth.  This is a tale of two tax cuts: one that that trusts working families with the resources they need to assist their families with the essentials of life - the other helping the rich get richer and expecting people will be grateful for what little that they’ll get in trickle down. We know the working and middle class buy food, pay utilities, educate their children, and pay for health care with these benefits, despite labeling from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. I spoke on just how important these efforts are, and you can watch my remarks below.

This historic legislation :

  • Extends the American Rescue Plan expansion of the Child Tax Credit monthly payments benefitting 122,000 children in Connecticut’s First District.
  • Provides income assistance to approximately 17 million low-wage workers through permanent enhancements to the Earned Income Tax Credit including an expansion to include more than 160,000 childless workers in Connecticut.
  • Contains the single largest investment ever in the green economy, helping the United States to reach 80% clean energy generation by 2030 and spurring good-paying jobs in every Congressional District. 
  • Lowers prescription drug costs and extends the American Rescue Plan provision reducing health insurance premiums by an average of 40 percent. In Connecticut, premiums would be reduced by $1,000 a month for an average family of four.
  • Creates nearly 1.4 million new affordable rental units nationally and 12,700 units across Connecticut over the next ten years through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit enhancements.
  • Provides up to $8,000 in tax cuts for families with childcare or long-term care needs through the caregiver tax credit and dependent care credit. 
  • Requires wealthy corporations and high-income individuals to pay their fair share of tax at the same time providing a tax cut for small business.

I will continue to work with my colleagues to get the Build Back Better Act across the finish line and ensure it meets the moment our country is in now. 


John B. Larson
Member of Congress

Representative John B. Larson – Connecticut’s 1st District

Dear Friends,
While we may have missed the worst of Tropical Storm Henri, we still experienced damage in the First District and state.

Along with the rest of the CT Congressional delegation, I sent a letter on Saturday night urging President Biden to approve Governor Lamont’s emergency declaration request. I am pleased that the President approved this declaration so that federal resources are available to the state to respond to the storm.

Here are some resources from FEMA that may be of help you following Tropical Storm Henri. This information will also help you stay prepared for other potential weather related events and emergencies. For the latest information from your town or city, please visit their social media pages or websites.

FEMA Assistance:

If you need FEMA assistance, you can find more information here.

The FEMA app is available in both English and Spanish and is free to download. The FEMA app will provide emergency alerts and real-time safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips and disaster resources. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.

My office is continually monitoring recovery efforts and will be doing everything we can to assist residents of the First District and municipal and state leaders. If you are having trouble navigating the above resources, you can contact my Hartford office at (860) 278-8888.

John B. Larson