Tax Relief Program

The State of Connecticut offers an Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief tax credit program wherein the tax bill is reduced.  Complete details can be obtained from this document by the Tax Assessor’s office. Each application will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Additional documentation may be required at the discretion of the Tax Assessor.

Programs

The town offers a choice of two programs:

  1. Tax Credit: Tax bill is reduced by a dollar amount based on a sliding scale according to applicant’s income.
  2. Tax Deferral: Defer payment of up to 75% of tax obligation. The amount deferred is a lien on the real estate carrying an interest rate of 3% per annum. Deferred amount is reimbursed to the town upon the death of the recipient, conveyance of the real estate, or non-residency of the applicant. 

Note: many mortgage holders do not allow for tax liens on real estate – please check with your financial institution or financial adviser.

Exemptions

Veteran Exemption

Veterans who served in time of war, or who have served in combat or combat support role for the duration of a campaign lasting less than 90 days, are qualified to apply for a property tax exemption. To apply for that exemption, a veteran must file a DD-214 form (separation papers) with the Town Clerk by September 30. Said exemption to be applied to the next assessment list. The regular veteran’s exemption of $3,000 off the assessment can be applied to either real estate OR a motor vehicle. 

Permanently and Totally Disabled Exemption

Property owners who are permanently and totally disabled and receiving Social Security disability benefits or benefits under a federal, state or local retirement program which contains disability requirements comparable to those of the SSA, may apply to the Tax Assessor’s Office prior to October 1 to receive an exemption of $1,000 off the assessment of their property. Said exemption to be applied to the next assessment list. Satisfactory proof of total disability must be furnished.

Blind Exemption

A person who is legally blind and has provided to the Tax Assessor’s Office a certificate from a qualified medical practitioner, may apply to the Tax Assessor’s Office prior to October 1 to receive an exemption of $3,000 off the assessment of their property. Said exemption to be applied to the next assessment list.