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EXEMPTIONS FOR VETERANS
Veterans or their surviving spouses who have filed their DD-214 (Honorable Discharge) with the Town Clerk may be eligible for a $4,500 assessment exemption on their vehicle or dwelling. The veteran must have served at least 90 days during the Periods of Wars (see chart below). His/Her DD-214 or a certified copy must be filed with the Town Clerk by September 30 in order for the exemption to be applied to the next assessment list. Combat-era veterans still serving can apply for this exemption at the Assessor’s Office. This basic veterans’ exemption is a primary qualification for the “Additional Veteran’s Exemption” further described below the chart.
Veterans having a VA disability rating of at least 10% from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs are eligible for increased benefits. To qualify for these increased benefits, the veteran must present his/her disability verification and subsequent rating changes from the VA to the Assessor by October 1.
PERIODS OF WARS AS PROVIDED IN §27-103 FOR DETERMINING PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION ELIGIBILITY
FOR ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS UNDER §12-81(19)
NOTE: Service of 90 or more cumulative (as opposed to consecutive) days is required 1
Mexican Border Period March 10, 1916 to April 6, 1917
World War I April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
World War I – Russia April 6, 1917 to April 1, 1920 2
World War II December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 3
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 4
Invasion of Grenada October 25, 1983 to December 15, 1983 4
Operation Earnest Will July 24, 1987 to August 1, 1990 4
Invasion of Panama December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 4
Persian Gulf War After August 2, 1990 5
1 A veteran who recorded proof of honorable discharge in any Connecticut town on or before October 1, 1977 is eligible for the exemption under §12-81(19) even if the duration of service was less than 90 days. See also footnote 4 below.
2 The ending date for service in Russia by a person serving with the United State military forces during World War I differs from the ending date for all service during that war.
3 Pursuant to §12-86, twelve o’clock midnight on December 31, 1947 is the World War II termination date for purposes of granting a property tax exemption.
4 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 service during those dates for an exemption on or before October 1, 2008 must have received an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
5 Although referred to as the Persian Gulf War, service in the Persian Gulf is not required, nor is service in a combat or combat support role. PA 22-34 added specific dates for the wars in Afghanistan: October 24, 2001 to August 30, 2021 and Iraq: March 19, 2003 to December 31, 2011 or June 1, 2014 to December 9, 2021 for the exclusive purpose of a veteran obtaining special license plates for serving during these dates.
Can't find your DD214? The VA can help, here is a link to request a copy.
ADDITIONAL VETERAN’S EXEMPTION
Low-income veterans or their widow(er) may be eligible to receive an additional exemption. Home ownership is not required. In effect, their $4,500 assessment exemption is increased to $14,000. To qualify, an applicant must file between February 1 and October 1 for exemption on the next assessment year’s taxes. Proof of income must be submitted at the time of application. Applications accepted in 2023 are based on proof of 2022 income. The maximum for single applicants will be $40,300 and for married applicants $49,100. “Income” is considered Adjusted Gross Income as determined for federal income tax, plus any other income excluding veteran’s disability payments. In addition, the original or certified copy of the veteran’s DD-214 must be on file in the Town Clerk’s Office by the prior September 30.
PRINT THE ADDITIONAL VET APPLICATION HERE(PDF, 811KB) AND BRING IT TO THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE WITH YOUR PROOF OF INCOME
100% DISABLED VETERANS
Low-income veterans that have received a 100% disability rating from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs may be eligible to receive an additional $10,500 exemption. Home ownership is not required. To qualify for 2023, an applicant must meet income limits of $21,000 for married applicants and $18,000 for single applicants. “Income” is considered Adjusted Gross Income as determined for federal income tax, plus any other income excluding veteran’s disability payments. In addition, the original or certified copy of the veteran’s DD-214 must be on file in the Town Clerk’s Office by the prior September 30.
PRINT THE APPLICATION HERE(PDF, 50KB) AND BRING IT TO THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE WITH YOUR PROOF OF INCOME
State residents currently in active-duty military service may also be eligible for some of the above-described exemptions. In addition, one car owned or leased by any military Connecticut resident may be fully exempt from property taxes. Non-residents stationed in Connecticut may also qualify for a full exemption on their vehicles. Call the Assessors at (860) 647-3016 for further information.
ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY IN-STATE RESIDENTS MOTOR VEHICLE EXEMPTION FORM(PDF, 12KB)
ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY NON-RESIDENTS STATIONED IN CONNECTICUT MOTOR VEHICLE EXEMPTION FORM(PDF, 48KB)
*Qualifying Income thresholds are based on Connecticut Office of Policy & Management guidelines set annually.