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The Connecticut state legislature, in an effort to repair the budget deficit, repealed the sales tax exemption for residential weatherization products and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Effective Jan. 1, 2016 consumers will now have to pay sales tax on products including but not limited to: programmable thermostats; insulation; water heaters and water heater blankets; and windows and doors that meet the federal Energy Star standard. According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS), in order to exempt the items from sales tax, they must be delivered/received by Dec. 31, 2015 OR a deposit must be taken for orders prior to Jan.1, 2016 AND the product must be removed from inventory or accounted for in your inventory control system by Dec. 31, 2015. As there is no stated requirement for a specific percentage deposit, a $1 deposit would be allowed. If you are unable to pull the product from inventory or account for it as sold in your inventory control system by Dec. 31, 2015, then the product would not be considered tax exempt.

Updated on January 14, 2016 3:30pm

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 with Pamela Lansing

Computer Visions, LLC


Have you ever wondered why it seems so difficult to talk with some people and so easy to talk with others? Can you recall an occasion where you met someone for the first time and immediately liked that person? Something about the individual made you feel comfortable.

A major goal of this workshop is to help you understand the impact your communication skills have on other people. You will also explore how improving these skills can make it easier for you to get along in the workplace, and in life.


TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Introductory/Basic

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Brad Farnsworth, The Farnsworth Group

This webinar will cover the economic outlook for 2016 and the next couple of years. It will present key drivers which will be affecting both the housing and remodeling markets over the near term.

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Advanced Content and Owners/Managers, etc.

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with Michael Donohue, Acadia Insurance 

Auto accident cost employers millions of dollars in lost production, legal fees and insurance costs. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that driver inattention is a factor in over 80 percent of highway accidents. Drivers who fail to give their full attention to the road, distracted drivers put themselves, their passengers, and everyone else on the road at risk. This webinar will focus on the problem, the science behind distracted driving, and what employers can do to protect their organizations from distracted driving losses.

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: The webinar is intended for business owners and employees.

The fact is distracted driving affects employers as well as employees. Both parties have a

vested interested in understanding the problem of distracted driving and understand and

their role in helping prevent distracted driving.

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Tom Bartram

Tom Bartram LDAC Lumber Person of the Year 2015


Tom Bartram began his career in the LBM industry after taking a part-time summer job in college. And he never looked back.


That initial part-time position at Community Lumber & Hardware in Lakeville, Conn. would be followed by a 42-year career in the industry. Today, Tom is the Lumber Dealer Association of Connecticut’s Lumber Person of the Year.


That part-time summer job was good to Tom. It not only introduced him into a career in lumber and building materials, but it was during that time he also met his wife Sharman. They were married on May 5, 1979, Cinco de Mayo —and were fortunate enough to stay in their hometown and build a home in 1985. They recently purchased and renovated Tom’s childhood home. Living there has brought Tom “full circle…..back where I started”.


Tom’s mentors include Mike Turnure, of Community Lumber & Hardware, and Ed Herrington, of Herington’s. Tom became a full time employee at Community in May of 1976 and worked in store sales, as a branch manager, yard manager/dispatcher and eventually in contractor sales. After Mr. Turnure’s passing, the company was purchased by Herrington’s where Tom continued in contractor sales and eventually moved to his present position as an architectural representative.


Tom says he, “developed a strong work ethic from both of my parents.”


“I enjoy working for an independent, family-owned business,” Tom says.


Looking back on his career, Tom remembers his first encounter with technology. It was a fax machine that used thermal paper. After faxing an order, the company would receive a confirmation in the mail several days later… things have changed.


Among Tom’s achievements and milestones are serving as chief of the Sharon Fire Department from 1988-1991. Presently, he serves as a Litchfield County Fire Coordinator, assisting eight local departments; and serving as president of the Sharon Fire Department. He continues to be involved in fire department training as an instructor for the County fire school. Four generations of Tom’s family have served with the fire department, with Tom volunteering for 43 years.


He is also a certified construction product representative (CCPR), allowing Tom to provide American Institute of America (AIA) seminars about products, installation techniques, and best practices.


Tom holds a bachelor of science in meteorology from Lowell Technological Institute (now UMass Lowell). Continuing as a student, he took the very first engineered lumber course provided by the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association. Other studies include building materials estimating and energy conservation courses.


“Take advantage of education, stay current, and be knowledgeable, as competition is keener than ever,” Tom says.


Giving back to the community continues to be one of Tom’s passions. He currently serves on the Town of Sharon Board of Finance and was a town Selectman during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Tom presently serves on the Salisbury- Sharon Resource Recovery Authority, providing joint municipal solid waste and recycling services for the two Towns. Other areas of Tom’s service include sitting on the Sharon Day Care Board of Directors and serving as a trustee at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church.


Born in Sharon, Tom has been a lifelong resident of the town. Tom is a history buff and enjoys holding conversations about the subject. In fact, his daughters Emily and Erin are both history majors. Emily is an archivist for the Archdiocese of Hartford and holds a master’s degree in library science while Erin is completing her doctorate in American History and currently teaches history at the University of Hartford. Tom’s family include his sisters, Mary Ann who lives in Illinois and Kathy who resides in Arizona.


Tom’s advice to other dealers includes, “Have good relationships with your suppliers and support volunteer efforts in your local community.


“ I am grateful for all those who have helped me personally and professionally along the way and I hope I can do the same for those that follow.”

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NRLA Update…

Our new NRLA Board Chairman Kevin Hancock is pleased to announce that a new President has been hired.  Jim Ayotte, currently Executive Vice-President of the Manufactured Housing Institute based in Arlington, VA will begin working with John Brill on January 8, 2001


Lumber Mutual Insurance Safety Group

NRLA announced that it has reached agreement with Allied American Insurance Agency and the American International Group (AIG) Insurance Co. to offer an insurance program to our members. Jan.1, 2001.  AIG will be offering coverage binders from Jan. 1, 2001 to renewal date. Call NRLA (800) 292-6752 for more information.

LDAC News…

  • The annual meeting was a great success with 130 people attending the afternoon program and the banquet honoring Jim Lyke as Lumber Person of the Year. Our speaker for the afternoon program, Ray Leone gave a dynamic and educational program. I hope next year will be a greater success.



  • The 2001 LDAC slate of officers was announced and Greg Branecky, The Hatch & Bailey Co., Norwalk was voted in as President while Lisa Nadeau, General Building; E. Hartford was voted in as Secretary. Also Charles Heyman, Washington Supply, Washington was voted in as Treasurer.


AmeriCares HomeFront


Lumber Dealers Association of Connecticut Board are asking all members to support AmeriCares HomeFront. AmeriCares HomeFront is a private, nonprofit humanitarian organization, which helps people who are low income, elderly, ill, disabled, or single parents by repairing their home to keep it warm, safe, and dry. We need our members to help support this rewarding project. AmeriCares HomeFront has a list of supplies needed for this wonderful project. Please call Greg Branecky (203) 866-5515 or Kris deFriesse at AmeriCares HomeFront 1-800-887-HOPE if you would like more information. AmeriCares HomeFront will help to promote your company within your community with press releases in television, radio, and newspapers, and This Old House Magazine’s “Thank You” Section.

Mark Your Calendar!


Feb 1-3 The 107th NRLA Show

Let’s make Connecticut the biggest state represented.

Board Members

Mar 20 Board Meeting, LTBA

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Purpose: This Informational Publication describes how materialmen may remit sales and use taxes on certain sales of building materials and services to real property as and when actually paid by the purchasers to whom the materialmen have extended credit, instead of remitting the full amount of tax at the time of the transaction as generally required by law.


Background: Generally, sellers of tangible personal property and taxable services must remit tax on the entire amount of the gross receipts from a transaction on the return for the period in which the transaction takes place. The pay-when-paid provision allows certain sellers of building materials and services related to these materials an exception to this general rule.


Definitions: A materialman, for the pay-when-paid provision, is a person who furnishes building materials or services to a contractor for the construction, raising, removal, or repair of a building or the improvement of real property. To be considered a materialman, a person must also be entitled under Chapter 847 of the Connecticut General Statutes to file a mechanic’s lien against the real property to ensure payment for the materials or services.

Building Materials means materials that are incorporated as an improvement or repair to real property. The term also includes tools and other items that are used to improve real property. The term contractor includes a general contractor, a subcontractor, a repairman, and a property owner acting as his or her own general contractor.


Qualifying for Pay-When-Paid Status: A person seeking Department of Revenue Services (DRS) permission to collect and remit sales tax on a qualifying transaction when actually paid by a contractor must file an application by July 1 of each year and demonstrate to the satisfaction of DRS that, in two out of the last four calendar quarters,

  • The seller was a materialman as the term is used in Chapter 847;
  • Thematerialmanis authorized under Chapter 847 to put a mechanic’s lien on real property; and
  • At least 50% of the materialman’s sales of building materials (not services) were to contractors.

DRS issues Form REG-20, Application for a Materialman to Remit Sales Tax Under the Pay-When-Paid Method. A materialman must file this application by July 1 each year in order to obtain pay-when-paid status. DRS will respond to a properly completed application with a letter authorizing the materialman to use the pay-when-paid method on qualifying transactions.

Deadline to Submit Application: DRS only accepts applications filed on or before July 1 of each year. The applications are considered timely filed if received, or if the date shown by the U.S. Post Office cancellation mark is, on or before this date.

Application for a Materialman to Remit Sales Tax Under the Pay-When-Paid Method 2015

DRS_ SN 2000(1), _Pay When Paid_ Method for Materialmen

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After nearly six weeks of activity and multiple snowstorms, the pace at the Capitol is set to increase. Until now, most of the bills are merely “proposed” bills, which are concepts and not fully drafted. Committees are now starting to fully draft several of those, and more importantly, Governor Malloy will submit his budget proposal on February 18th.

Despite projected deficits that exceed $1.25 Billion per year, the Governor has promised not to raise taxes. He is also expected to announce a major transportation infrastructure initiative and a method of funding it. Other expected proposals in his budget may involve removing several sales tax exemptions and lowering the rate, and amending the system of taxing motor vehicles.

Besides the Governor’s budget, there are several issues of specific concern to LDAC members. HB 5117 and SB 887 involve mechanics’ liens. SB 887 is the Department of Consumer Protection’s bill. It would prohibit anyone who doesn’t have the required DCP license or registration from filing the lien/ Materialmen would not be affected. HB 5117 would change the time for filing from 90 days to 90 business days.

Two proposed bills HB 5262 and 6235 would increase the jurisdiction of Small Claims Court from $5,000 to $10,000 or $12,000.

As usual there is significant activity from the Labor Committee which include several bills that would increase payroll costs. HB 6784 would expand paid sick leave to companies with 10 or more employees, increase the amount of mandated leave from 5 to 7 days, include temporary and day workers and expand eligibility to those who worked only 120 days regardless of the number of hours.

SB 798 would require the provision of paid family and medical leave. The bill has not been fleshed out yet, but it is a major priority for organized labor.

Regarding unemployment compensation issues, the Department of Labor continues to consider ways to restore solvency to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. Despite paying the highest FUTA taxes in the nation, the DOL would increase the taxable wage base from $15,000 to $26,000. LDAC is participating in a broad business coalition that will support HB 5851, which would restore solvency through a number of expense reduction measures. Those would include a one week waiting period, requiring claimants to post resumes on line, basing benefits on the annual salary, not the current two highest quarters.

Although Connecticut continues to consider a public sector retirement plan for private sector employees, legislation awaits the report of a consultant and action may be delayed this year.

Another study is being done on chemical road treatments used by the Department of Transportation. Evidence is that such chemicals are highly corrosive to vehicles and structures. The report is not due until July, so it is unlikely that any progress on this issue will come before the next legislative session.

In summary, without question, the budget debate will dominate the rest of the session. There will be major fights over spending and taxes. How the Governor can balance the budget without tax increases remains to be seen. Within the next few weeks, we will have a better picture of the fiscal issues that will affect LDAC members and which of the onerous labor / cost of doing business issues are the most serious.