As of October 2015
The State of Connecticut Homeowners Program is for any taxpayer over 65 or disabled by the end of the 2015 calendar year and lives in their own home on October 1st. You may be eligible for a tax credit which could reduce your tax bill, subject to verification. There are income guidelines set by the state. For the calendar year of 2015 the maximum income for a single person is $35,200 and for a married person is $42,900. Income is all income (adjusted gross, plus Social Security and any other income).
You must present proof of your income and file between February 1st and May 15th. Please contact the Assessor’s Office at 860-253-6339 for information and Neighborhood Services Office at 860-253-6396 for an appointment to file for this program.
This is a $1,000 exemption of assessment for those persons who present proof of Social Security disability or permanent and total disability in accordance with federal guidelines. This is a 1 time filing application, and the Social Security Award Certificate document must be submitted to the Assessor’s Office for this exemption.
Any individual who presents verification from the state or from a physician that he/she is considered to be legally blind may be eligible for a $3,000 exemption. This verification must be presented to the assessor prior to October 1st. This is a 1 time filing requirement.
Local Option - Additional Exemption to Blind & Totally Disabled
This program is for those taxpayers that have qualified under the guidelines for approval of Totally Disabled or Blind. This eligibility is a local option exemption providing an additional exemption for those who qualify by the income mandates that follow the state guidelines. This is a maximum of $35,200 for a single person and $42,900 for married. Income is all income (adjusted gross, plus Social Security and any other income). This is an annual application that must be filed with the Assessor’s Office before October 1st.
Specially Equipped Ambulance Type Vehicles
This is an exemption for any taxpayer who owns a vehicle which has been equipped after its original manufacture. This requires an inspection to certify that the vehicle meets statutory requirement of being specially equipped and the vehicle must be used exclusively as primary transportation of medically incapacitated individual(s). This vehicle cannot be used to transport for payment. There is an annual application that is necessary and must be filed with the Assessor’s Office before January 31st.
Veterans of a war period who served for 90 days or more with an honorable discharge are eligible for an exemption from taxation by a reduction of assessment. A veteran’s disability rating may vary the exemption amount. A veteran without a disability rating from the VA is eligible for a $3,000 assessment exemption. Original discharge papers (DD214) or certified copy must be filed with the Town Clerk before October 1st.
Active Duty Veterans
Any active veteran and CT National Guard reservist serving under Title 232 of the U.S Code may be entitled to an exemption of the removal of assessment of 1 (one) motor vehicle each October 1st. A written statement on a prescribed form must be filed with the assessor before December 31st annually.
Additional State Veteran Exemption - Income Requirements
Any veteran or disabled veteran who is eligible for the regular veteran or disabled veteran exemption previously mentioned and whose adjusted gross income meets certain guidelines may be eligible for an additional exemption equivalent to twice the amount of the regular exemption.
Current applications will use the calendar year of 2015 for the guidelines. The maximum income for a single person is $35,200 and for a married person is $42,900. Income is all income (adjusted gross, plus Social Security and any other income). The application must be filed before October 1st.
Other statutory requirements may apply in each of the above programs. Where eligibility is dependent upon income, again the income limits are $35,200 for single and $42,900 for married. If you have any questions about these programs, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 860-253-6339.