Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Programs
Homeowners over the age of 65 and persons of any age receiving Social Security Disability Benefits may apply to the Assessor’s Office for a reduction in taxes. The qualifying income levels may not exceed $41,300 for a single person, or $49,000 for a married couple. Benefits are based on the gross income from the previous calendar year. The benefit is calculated on a sliding scale, so depending on where the income falls, the benefit will range from a maximum of $1,250 to a minimum of $150. This benefit is applied directly to the Real Estate tax bill received in July.
The Town also offers a “Freeze” program to the elderly/disabled. In order to be eligible for the program, the applicant must: (1) be at least 80 years of age by December 31st, prior to filing an application, and, (2) own the property for at least three years prior to filing. The first year of application freezes the existing taxes, and every year after, the amount remains the same as the year of application, not to exceed the maximum benefit allowed on the Homeowner Credit Program.
For more information regarding the homeowner/disabled program, please contact the Assessor’s Office.
Forms are available on the Assessor’s Web Site or in person at the Town Hall. Please note: The application period ends May 15, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.
Blind, Disabled and Handicap-Modified Motor Vehicle Exemptions
A $3,000 exemption is available for the legally blind, provided a “Certification of Legal Blindness” document is provided to the Assessor’s Office.
An exemption of $1,000 is available for the totally disabled, with no income requirement, provided a Notice of Award for a 100% disability rating from the Social Security Administration is submitted. There is no age requirement for this exemption.
The State of Connecticut offers a Veterans program that allows a basic exemption of $1500 to be applied to your residence. If you are not a homeowner, it is applied to your motor vehicle(s). A disabled veteran would receive a greater exemption, between $2250 and $15,000, depending on the percent of disability. There are also other state and local programs available for low-income veterans which offer greater exemptions if the income requirements are met. Veterans qualify if they served in a time of war, and file a DD-214, Honorable Discharge in the Town Clerk’s Office.
Military exemptions are also available for those service persons in Active Duty, including the Reserves, either in- or out of state. An application for exemption and a Military ID must be presented to receive this exemption. The application is available in the Assessor’s web site under “Forms”.
For more information regarding any of these available exemptions, please contact the Assessor’s Office.