• Persons who served in one of the United States armed forces, honorably discharged and who served at least 90 days during a period of war, are eligible for a veterans exemption.

Persons who served in one of the United States armed forces, honorably discharged and who served at least 90 days during a period of war, are eligible for a veteran’s exemption. Filing: File Honorable Discharge (DD214) with the Town Clerks office no later than September 30 to receive exemption for following grand list year

ADDITIONAL VETERAN EXEMPTION

Applicant must qualify in accordance with the income guidelines approved annually by Office of Policy and Management. Income limits for the 2015 calendar year cannot exceed $35,200.00 for single individual or $42,900.00 for married couples. If applicant received Social Security during 2015 calendar year it must be included as income. A complete copy of the 2015 IRS return must be submitted at the time of application with a copy of the Social Security 1099. If no IRS return is filed, then all 1099 for the year must be presented.

Note Income limits for 100% disabled veterans are $18,000.00 single and $21,000.00 married.

Filing:February 1 through October 1

VETERANS WITH DISABILITY RATING

Veterans claiming disability exemptions for the first time must submit proof from the Veterans Administration to the Assessor during the assessment period stating the percentage of disability in order to receive the proper amount of exemption. All others need only file if their percentage of disability changed since 10/1/2014.

Filing:  Once unless percentage of disability changes. Notification isfrom the Veterans Administration (generally the end of September)

NEW: VETERANS TOWN LOCAL OPTION ADDITIONAL 5,000 EXEMPTION

On February 1, 2006 the Town of East Lyme Board of Selectman approved a local option ordinance providing an additional 5,000 exemption.

  • Income requirements will be based upon annual income limits approved annually by Office of Policy and Management plus 2,000
  • Income guidelines for the 2015 calendar year are $37,200.00 single and $44,900.00 married
  • Amount also includes social security received for the 2015 calendar year.
  • Income limits for 100% disabled veterans are $20,000.00-single and$23,000.00-married.
  • A complete copy of the 2015 IRS return must be submitted at time of application with a copy of the Social Security 1099 (if applicable)
  • If no IRS return is filed then all 1099 formsfor the year must be presented

Filing: February 1 through October 1

ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICEMAN WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE GARAGED OUT OF STATE

A Connecticut resident, who is member of the armed forces and who is stationed outside the State on the assessment date, is eligible for the total exemption of one passenger motor vehicle. Vehicle must be registered in Connecticut but located in an other State due to the serviceman military orders.

Filing:ANNUAL written application for this exemption is required application must be filed no laterthan 15 months after the October 1st assessment date for which the exemption is sought

FEDERAL SOLDIERS AND SAILORS CIVIL RELIEF ACT

A non-Connecticut resident whose vehicle is garaged in this state due to his military orders may be entitled to an exemption under the Federal soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act.

Filing: A serviceman stationed in Connecticut must apply for an exemption of his or her personal property. Application is made in the form of an affidavit that is available from the serviceman Legal Assistance Officer