The Assessor's office is responsible for ensuring that all property identified in the Connecticut general statutes as being subject to local property taxation is appraised at its market value, as of the last revaluation date, and assessed at the state-mandated 70% assessment ratio. In addition, this office processes applications for certain tax-saving exemptions, completes all mandated state reports, processes tax map changes, addresses the routine issues of managing an office, as well as addressing all assessment inquires and explaining how assessments were determined. Most importantly, it is responsible for providing accurate data for use by taxpayers and real estate professionals of all types.
There are certain exemptions that may be deducted from your assessment for a reduction in taxes. These exemptions are applied to the real estate assessment first, but if the taxpayer does not own real estate then the exemption is applied to the motor vehicle assessments.
Veterans can receive an exemption if their military discharge form DD214 is recorded at the Town Clerk's office and they served a minimum of 90 days during war time. The DD214 must be recorded prior to October 1 of any year to begin receiving the exemption on the next year tax bill. The DD214 need only be recorded once in a lifetime.
Disabled Veterans receive a higher exemption than veterans. To qualify you must submit your Benefits Payment Statement issued by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in September before Oct. 1. This does not need to be reapplied for unless the Federal Veterans Administration modifies the Veterans disability rating.
Additional Veterans Exemptions are available for those veterans with lower income. You must apply between Feb. 1- Oct. 1 and submit proof of income for the previous year, as well as Federal Income Tax return or all year-end statements plus your Social Security 1099 form. If you qualify, this doubles the Veterans exemption that you already receive. This must be reapplied for every two years.
Elderly and Totally Disabled Homeowners Program State and local programs are available to homeowners who are 65 years of age and or totally disabled. The program grants credit against tax payments. Income limits for the program are set annually by the Office of Policy and Management. Income includes wages, pensions, Social Security payments, and interest on savings. Applications are accepted in the Assessor's Office from February 1st to May 15th.
Disability Exemptions You must be 100% disabled & provide a TPQY form Social Security or a letter from Veterans Affairs. This does not need to be applied for.
Blind Exemptions can be applied for at any time. You must submit a copy of the Certificate of Legal Blindness issued by the State of Connecticut. This does not have to be reapplied for.
Annual Income & Expense Report
All individuals and businesses receiving this form in the mail should complete this form and return to the Assessor's office. If you believe that you are not required to file this form, please call the Assessor's office to discuss your special situation.
If your property is 100% owner-occupied, you must report only those income and expense items associated with occupancy of the building and land. Income and expenses relating to your business should not be included in these forms. Please return this form before June 1st to avoid a 10% penalty on your assessment.
You must file for all properties which are rented or leased, including commercial, retail, industrial and residential properties, except "such property used for residential purposes, containing not more than 6 dwelling units and in which the owner resides." If a non-residential property is partially rented and partially owner-occupied, this report must be filed.