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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.

    INCOME LIMITS (Table A)

    All income received in 2009 including Social Security.

      MARRIED UNMARRIED
    Income Maximum $40,900 $33,500
    Benefit Maximum $1,250 $ 1,000
    Benefit Minimum $150 $150

    FREEZE

    The Freeze program is a tax relief program for the elderly. The Freeze is only available to those who had been granted benefits as of the Grand list of 1984. To remain on this program the applicantís income may not exceed $6,000 (this does not include social security). The filing period is between Feb. 1 and May 15, biannually.

    VETERANS

    This exemption is available to veterans who have served in one of the armed services and who served at least 90 days during a period of war. The claimant must file an honorable discharge (DD-214) prior to September 30 with the City Clerk. Exemptions are also available to veterans who have suffered a disability.

    DISABILITY EXEMPTION AMOUNT
    REGULAR VETERAN $ 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

    ADDITIONAL VETERANS

    Any person entitled to an exemption from property tax in accordance with the above is eligible for additional veteran benefits, provided they meet the income requirements as set forth in (Table A). The filing period is between February 1st and October 1st.

    DISABILITY EXEMPTION AMOUNT
    LOW INCOME / NON DISABILITY $ 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

    ACTIVE DUTY

    A Connecticut resident, who is a member of the armed forces on the assessment date, is eligible for the total exemption of one motor vehicle. The vehicle must be registered in Connecticut but located in another state due to the servicemanís military orders. A non-Connecticut resident whose vehicle is garaged in this state due to military orders is also entitled to an exemption.

    TOTALLY DISABLED

    Individuals must possess a social security disability award letter or permanent total disability proof under any federal, state or local government retirement or disability plan. The filing period is on or before October 1st.

    This is an assessment exemption

    Regular $1,000

    Plus additional amount with qualifying income

    as set forth in (Table A) additional $1,000

    BLIND

    This exemption is available to any blind person who presents an official certificate from a medical practitioner verifying his/her legal blindness. Application must be made on or before October 1st.

    This is an assessment exemption

    Regular $3,000

    Plus additional amount with qualifying income

    as set forth in (Table A) additional $2,000

     

    DATES OF WARS AND OTHER RECOGNIZED MILITARY CAMPAIGNS OR OPERATIONS

    World War II Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1947
    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 or September 29 1982 to March 30 1984
    Invasion of Grenada Oct. 25, 1983 to Dec. 15, 1983
    Operation Earnest Will Feb. 1, 1987 to July 23, 1987
    Invasion of Panama Dec. 20,1989 to Jan. 31, 1990
    Persian Gulf War After August 2, 1990

    For a campaign which lasted less than 90 days the veteran must have received an 'Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.



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