Everything You Want To Know About the Connecticut Property Tax Exemptions
It seems that property tax assessments lead to enormous tax bills at the end of every year, but it doesn’t have to be that way!
The information about reducing property taxes is usually scattered across many websites, and you have to go out of your way to learn:
- What exemptions you are eligible for
- When the application deadline is
- What documents you need to submit
Can You Get a CT Property Tax Relief for Seniors?
Unfortunately, Connecticut is no longer a state with low property tax rates. If you are an elderly Connecticut property owner, you can benefit from knowing what kind of senior citizen property tax exemptions the state offers.
On the state level, Connecticut has an Elderly/Disabled (Circuit Breaker) Tax Relief Program. This means that the tax relief is funded by the state, and you can apply for it regardless of the area you live in.
You need to meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria to get an exemption:
- Being 65 or older as of December 31 in the previous year
- Having a spouse who is 65 or older
- Having a 100% disability
- Being a surviving spouse who is at least 50 years old and whose spouse was eligible for the program at the time of death
- Occupying the property you own
- Having lived in Connecticut for at least a year before applying for the program
You also have to meet the maximum income criteria. Check out the maximum household income you can have if you want to get tax relief, as well as the maximum credits you can earn:
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Note that the maximum household income limit tends to change annually.
The Connecticut Circuit Breaker Tax Relief in More Detail
If you want to apply for the Circuit Breaker tax relief in Connecticut, you should go to your local assessor. The deadline for submitting the application is between February 1 and May 15 for the year you wish to lower your tax bills in.
If you are granted tax relief, it will be valid for two calendar years, after which you should reapply if you want to keep receiving it.
What Is a CT Property Tax Freeze for Seniors?
The state-based tax relief program—the Circuit Breaker program—isn’t the only option for senior or disabled citizens of Connecticut to lower their tax bills.
You can apply for a Tax Freeze program that allows your town to freeze taxes on your property. The state does not reimburse towns for the revenue lost due to the tax freeze grants.
Eligibility criteria for a local tax freeze program in Connecticut include:
- Being 70 years old or older
- Being a surviving spouse who was at least 62 at the time of their spouse’s death
- Having lived in Connecticut for at least a year
You need to meet the same income limit that the citizens applying for the state-based Circuit Breaker program do.
If you are applying for a local tax relief program, you are still eligible for other tax exemptions.
What if Your Income Exceeds the Limit?
Connecticut allows towns to provide tax reliefs to senior or disabled citizens whose income exceeds the Circuit Breaker or Tax Freeze program limits.
You can apply for the tax reliefs your town offers whether you are already receiving another type of tax relief or not. The only limit is that the tax relief cannot go over 10% of your property’s value in the year you are applying for a freeze or an exemption.
Other Connecticut Tax Exemption Programs
You can get a portion of your tax bills lowered in many ways if you own property in Connecticut. Here are some other options besides the Tax Freeze and the Circuit Breaker:
- Tax exemptions for blind persons
- Senior volunteer tax programs
- Exemptions for veterans
Property Tax Exemptions for Blind Persons
Legally blind residents of Connecticut can provide a certification by a medical professional that is proof of their blindness to the tax assessor before October 1. That way, they get up to $3,000 of tax exemption.
Senior Volunteer Tax Programs
Some towns and cities in Connecticut offer tax reliefs to senior citizens if they volunteer at qualified organizations. The tax credits usually amount to $500.
Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans
Veterans in Connecticut are eligible for a $1,000 property tax exemption. They need to have served during wartime at least 90 days to get the exemption.
Low-income and disabled veterans, as well as their surviving spouses, can get additional exemption benefits.
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- Access DoNotPay from any web browser
- Navigate to the Property Tax product
- Provide information about yourself and your property
You can now say goodbye to weeks and months of researching property tax exemptions you are eligible for. DoNotPay generates a specific guide for you that tells you what exemptions you have the highest chances of getting, when you should apply, and what documents you need to submit.
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