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Tax Benefits & Exemptions for Wethersfield Residents

Exemptions and Tax Relief for The Elderly, Totally Disabled and Others
  1. ELDERLY HOMEOWNER
    1. If you are 65 by December 31st of the year for which you are filing.
    2. If you owned the property as of October 1st of the income year.
    3. If your total income is under $42,900 for married couple, or $35,200 for single, you qualify for the State program, benefits ranging from $150 to $1,250.
    4. If your total income is under $42,900 for married couple, or $35,200 for single, you qualify for benefits of 15% under the Town of Wethersfield Ordinance (rev. 2015) with a maximum of $400 or $500 depending on income level.
    5. Copy of Federal Income Tax Return, or other proofs of income, plus Social Security statement (SSA-1099) need to be presented.
    6. Application period is February 1 - May 15. If you are currently on the program, you will be mailed applications for renewal.
  2. DISABLED HOMEOWNER
    1. If you have been declared 100% Disabled by Social Security and have the Award Certificate to place on file with this office, you are granted a $1000 exemption on Real Estate (or Motor Vehicle).  Real Estate must be owned as of October 1st.
    2. Award Certificate must be filed with the Assessor by January 31st.
    3. If eligible due to low income, Items 3 - 6 above also apply to Disabled.
    4. Local Option by Town of Wethersfield grants an additional $1000 exemption if income level is under $35,200 for single, $42,900 for married: application taken between February 1 & October 1.
  3. VETERAN
    1. If you served in Active Duty for 90 days or more during time of conflict as listed in Sec 12-81(19) CGS, you should file your DD-214 with the Town Clerk prior to October 1st. This entitles you to a $3,000 plus an additional $1,500 exemption for the assessment year following filing.
    2. If you have a disability as determined by the V.A., Form 20-5455a should be on file with the Assessor. *Exemptions are: $6,750 for 10%-25% disability: $9,000 for 26%-50%; $11,250 for 51%-75%; and $13,500 for 76%-100%, or 65 or over with 10% or more disability [*50% of exemption is additional provided by State, effective on 86 List].
  4. VETERANS OF LOW INCOME
    1. If you are eligible as noted above.
    2. If your total income is under $42,900 for married, or $35,200 for single, (includes surviving spouse of vet), you qualify for an additional exemption in the amount of twice your regular exemption. If you are classified by V.A. as 100% disabled, the qualifying income level is $21,000 maximum for married couple, and $18,000 for single, excluding Social Security.
    3. Proof of income must be presented.
    4. Application period is February 1 - October 1.
    5. Local Option by Town of Wethersfield grants an additional $7000 exemption to vets with income level below $42,900 married, or $35,200 single; file between February 1 - October 1.
  5. BLIND
    1. $3000 exemption granted for next assessment year upon filing of Certification from State Board of Education for Blind. File by January 31st.
    2. Local Option by Town of Wethersfield grants an additional $2000 exemption if income is under $42,900 married, or $35,200 single; file Feb 1 - Oct 1.
  6. ELDERLY or DISABLED RENTERS
    1. Applications for this benefit are handled by Dept. of Social Services, Call (860) 721-2977.
  7. AMBULANCE-TYPE MOTOR VEHICLE
    1. Any vehicle used exclusively for transporting any medically incapacitated individual may be exempt from taxation.
    2. Applications are filed annually September 1 - November 1, at which time the Assessor shall inspect any new vehicle to determine that it has been adapted and/or modified.
    3. Vehicles used to transport an individual for payment do not qualify.

(Low Income exemptions & credits under State programs are reimbursable to the Town by State of Connecticut. Local Option Exemptions are carried fully by the town.)

FROM THE ASSESSOR:  If you have any questions, please call 860-721-2810 or 860-721-2811

Revised April 2013