Connecticut - Local Standards: Housing and Utilities


Disclaimer: IRS Collection Financial Standards are intended for use in calculating repayment of delinquent taxes. These Standards are effective on April 22, 2024, for purposes of federal tax administration only. Expense information for use in bankruptcy calculations can be found on the website for the U.S. Trustee Program.

The housing and utilities standards are derived from U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and are provided by state down to the planning region level. For 2024 the housing and utilities standards for Connecticut changed to planning regions to be consistent with the Census Bureau’s adoption of the state’s request to collect and tabulate data based on nine planning regions rather than for eight counties. The standard for a particular planning region and family size includes both housing and utilities allowed for a taxpayer's primary place of residence. Generally, the total number of persons allowed for determining family size should be the same as those allowed as exemptions on the taxpayer's most recent year income tax return.

Housing and utilities standards include mortgage or rent, property taxes, interest, insurance, maintenance, repairs, gas, electric, water, heating oil, garbage collection, residential telephone service, cell phone service, cable television, and Internet service. The tables include five categories for one, two, three, four, and five or more persons in a household.

The taxpayer is allowed the standard amount, or the amount actually spent on housing and utilities, whichever is less. If the amount claimed is more than the total allowed by the housing and utilities standards, the taxpayer must provide documentation to substantiate those expenses are necessary living expenses.

Maximum Monthly Allowance
County 2024 Published ALE Housing Expense for a Family of 1 2024 Published ALE Housing Expense for a Family of 2 2024 Published ALE Housing Expense for a Family of 3 2024 Published ALE Housing Expense for a Family of 4 2024 Published ALE Housing Expense for a Family of 5
Capitol Planning Region $2,234 $2,624 $2,765 $3,083 $3,133
Greater Bridgeport Planning Region $2,658 $3,121 $3,289 $3,667 $3,726
Lower Connecticut River Valley Planning Region $2,323 $2,728 $2,875 $3,206 $3,257
Naugatuck Valley Planning Region $2,205 $2,590 $2,729 $3,043 $3,092
Northeastern Connecticut Planning Region $1,998 $2,347 $2,473 $2,757 $2,802
Northwest Hills Planning Region $2,165 $2,543 $2,680 $2,988 $3,036
South Central Connecticut Planning Region $2,341 $2,749 $2,897 $3,230 $3,282
Southeastern Connecticut Planning Region $2,109 $2,477 $2,610 $2,910 $2,957
Western Connecticut Planning Region $3,272 $3,843 $4,049 $4,515 $4,588