VETERAN 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 and apply for the exemption in the Assessor’s office 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 2019 calendar year cannot exceed $36,000.00 for single individual or $43,900.00 for married couples. If applicant received Social Security during 2018 calendar year it must be included as income. A complete copy of the 2018 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 forms 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

VETERAN 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 10/1/2017.

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

 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 2019 calendar year are $38,000.00 single and $45,900.00 married
  • Amount also includes social security and vet pensions received for the 2018 calendar year.
  • Income limits for 100% disabled veterans are $20,000.00-single and$23,000.00-married.
  • A complete copy of the 2018 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 forms for the year must be presented

Filing: February 1 through October 1

CONNECTICUT RESIDENT ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICEMAN WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE
A Connecticut resident, who is a member of the armed services is eligible for the total exemption of one passenger motor vehicle and the regular veteran exemption.

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

A NON-CONNECTICUT RESIDENT ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICEMAN WITH  MOTOR VEHICLES IN CONNECTICUT
A non-Connecticut resident who is a member of the armed services whose vehicles are garaged in this state due to military orders may be entitled to an exemption under the Federal Service Members Civil Relief Act.

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

 

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