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SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Officials in Connecticut’s tax office are combing through the Yellow Pages and reaching out to business-related organizations, even the American Kennel Club, to get the word out about a bevy of new taxes set to take effect on Friday.

They say many business owners may not realize that the new two-year, $40.1 billion state budget requires them to charge their customers state sales tax for their services. That tariff is increasing from 6 percent to 6.35 percent.

Sarah Kaufman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue Services, said the agency is trying to minimize confusion as much as possible and inform businesses about the tax changes.

Beginning July 1, sales taxes will be charged for a number of services, including yoga instruction and pet grooming.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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