Property Tax Exemption Programs
A property tax exemption is a reduction to a real or motor vehicle property assessment and is administered by the Assessor. Residency and property ownership must be established on or before October 1 assessment date. Except where noted, proof of exemption eligibility must also be provided on or before assessment date.
The Monetary benefits realized by applicants approved for exemptions are dependent upon the mill rate. (For example, a $3,000 property tax assessment exemption in a town having a mill rate of 21.5 equates to a monetary savings of $64.50)
Tax Exemption for Blind Persons
State law provides a $3,000 property tax assessment exemption for property owners who are blind. In order to receive this exemption an applicant must meet the definition of blindness set forth in Connecticut General Statutes, and provide proof of such blindness to the Assessor.
Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Persons
State law provides a $1,000 property tax assessment exemption for property owners who are totally disabled. In order to receive this exemption an applicant must make an application for exemption and provide proof of their permanent total disability to the Assessor.
Tax Exemption for Veterans
There are three different exemptions for veterans. Exemptions are offered for veterans who served during designated times of war or military conflict, veterans with disabilities, and additional exemptions for low income veterans, meeting state income guidelines.
Honorably discharged veterans who served in wartime are eligible for a veterans’ exemption of $1,500 to be applied toward their real estate, motor vehicle or other personal property tax assessments. Proof of honorable discharge from military service must be filed with the town Clerk.
Disabled veterans may receive an assessment exemption of $1,500 to $3,000 based on the disability rating by the Veterans Administration. Disabled veterans must annually submit Department of Veterans Affairs form #20-6566 to the Assessor’s office. Proof of military service (DD214 discharge papers) also must be filed with the Town Clerk.
Additional Veterans’ Exemptions are given to both the wartime veterans and disabled veterans. Low income disabled and wartime veterans may receive an additional exemption equal to twice their regular exemption. An application for this double exemption must be made between February 1 and October 1. Proof of income received in the previous calendar year must be provided at the time of application and every two years must be re-applied for.