I work for a company based in Massachusetts but I work off site in Connecticut. I rent an office to work from in the town where I live because I don't have adequate space for a home office.
Recently, the town tax appraiser became aware of my existence and concluded that I am a taxable business. The result was they decided I personally had $9000 worth of taxable business assets and sent me an assessment notice. That number is ridiculously wrong but I don't want to dispute amounts. I don't believe I'm taxable at all.
A phone call to the tax assessor's office resulted in the conclusion that my only option is to file an assessment appeal.
Well, my appeal would be something along the lines of "I am not a business. I'm just an employee paying for office space and I'm therefore not taxable."
But when I plow through the CT tax statutes, I can't find the definition of who is actually taxable as a business. There's just too much law there.
How can I figure out whether my intended defense works? Paying for legal advice will certainly be more expensive than the taxes involved, so that's not an option.