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Personal Exemptions

Homeowners

Property owners/life use and/or spouses who are 65 years of age by the end of the calendar year preceding the filing period (Feb. 1 - May 15). Totally disabled persons are eligible regardless of age as long as they have provided proof of total permanent disability to the Assessor by the December 31 which proceeds the filing period. The income limits for this program is set yearly. The claimant must reside at the property. Tax credits, once filed for and approved by the Assessor, extend for a two-year assessment period.

2018 Income Limits

Married Single
$43,900  $36,000

 

Credit Amounts

Married Single
$150-$1,250
$150-$1,000

 

Veterans

This exemption is available to honorably discharged veterans who served at least 90 days during a period of war. The claimant must file proof of honorable discharge (DD-214) on or before September 30 with the City Clerk.

Disabled Veterans
This exemption is available to veterans who are deemed by the United States Veterans’ Administration to have suffered a disability. The claimant must file proof of honorable discharge (DD-214) prior to September 30 with the City Clerk and disability verification from the Veteran’s Affairs Regional office and submit it to our office prior to March 31st.

Veterans Exemption Amounts

Disability Rating Exemption Amount
No Disability Rating 3,000
10-25% 4,500
26-50% 6,000
51-75%  7,500
 76-100%  9,000
 Over 65 with any disability rating  9,000
 Severe disability  15,000



Low Income Veterans

A person entitled to any veteran exemption above is eligible for additional veteran benefits, provided they meet the income requirements. The filing period is between February 1st and October 1st.

Married Single
$43,900
$36,000
 Disability Rating Exemption Amount 
 No Disability Rating  6,000
 10-25% 9,000 
 26-50% 12,000 
 51-75% 15,000
 76-100%  18,000
Over 65 with any disability rating  18,000 
 Severe Disability   30,000

 

Veterans Exemption Periods of War

A person must have served in a combat or combat support role for the duration of a period of war lasting less than 90 days (i.e., the Invasions of Grenada and Panama) in order to qualify for a property tax exemption. A person must also have served in a combat or combat support role in Lebanon during the specified dates, in order to qualify for an exemption. An Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to such individuals. Prior to June 8, 2009, the dates for service in Operation Earnest Will were February 1, 1987 to July 23, 1987; a person who established exemption eligibility on or before September 30, 2008 due to serving during those dates for an exemption on or before October 1, 2008 must have received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

War Duration
World War 1 April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
World War I - Russia April 6, 1917 to April 1, 1920
 World War II December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era February 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975 
Lebanon July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958
Lebanon September 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984
 Invasion of Grenada October 25, 1983 - December 15, 1983 
 Operation Earnest Will July 24, 1987 - August 1, 1990 
 Invasion of Panama December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990 
 Persian Gulf War  After August 2, 1990

 

Active Duty Service Members

A Connecticut resident, who is an active duty member of the armed forces on the assessment date, is eligible for the total exemption of one Connecticut registered motor vehicle. Application must be submitted on or before December 31st of the year in which the taxes are due.

A non-Connecticut resident whose vehicle(s) is garaged in this state due to military orders is also entitled to an exemption.

 

Totally Disabled

 A Connecticut resident, who is permanently and totally disabled, is eligible for a property tax exemption in the amount of 1,000. Application must be submitted on or before October 1st.

An additional exemption of 1,000 is available to residents whose income is within the following:

2018 Income Limits

Married Single
$43,900  $36,000

Application must be submitted on or before October 1st.

 

Blind

A Connecticut resident, who is blind, is eligible for a property tax exemption in the amount of 3,000. The claimant must present an official certificate from a medical practitioner verifying his/her legal blindness on or before October 1st.

An additional exemption of 2,000 is available to residents whose income is within the following:

2016 Income Limits

Married Single
$43,900  $36,000

Application must be submitted on or before October 1st.

 

Handicapped Equipped Motor Vehicles
 
A motor vehicle that has been modified to transport a disabled individual may be eligible for total exemption. Application must be made by the November 1st after which the July 1st taxes are due. A physical inspection of the vehicle by the Department of Assessment is required.

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