PRESS RELEASE – Elderly Homeowners & Disabled Program

Office of the Assessor

TOWN OF BETHANY
40 Peck Road
Bethany, CT 06524-3378
 Telephone: (203) 393-2100 x 1112
Fax (203) 393-0828

PRESS RELEASE

Applications for tax credits for homeowners over 65 years of age and those totally disabled will be taken at the Assessor’s office between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. beginning February 1, 2019 thru May 15th, 2019.

These programs consist of the following:

ELDERLY HOMEOWNERS PROGRAM-This is a real estate tax credit program for homeowners who are at least 65 years of age as of December 31, 2018 and meet certain income guidelines.

Those guidelines require that annual income for single people, including Social Security benefits, should not exceed $36,000. Married couples can be eligible if their income, including Social Security benefits, does not exceed $ 43,900.

Applicants should bring all proof of their 2018 income including a copy of their 2018 Income tax returns if filing, and proof of Social Security income (Form 1099). Also, the applicant must own and reside at the property for which tax relief is sought, or must hold a tenancy for life use of the property and be liable for the tax bill. This must be the applicant’s principal or legal residence.

 

DISABILITY PROGRAM-Those homeowners who are disabled, and don’t qualify for the elderly homeowners program because they are under the age of 65 can apply. One must provide proof of their disability award letter from the Social Security Administration. Also, the same income guidelines established for the elderly homeowners program must be met.

Previous participants in either of these two programs will be required to re-file their applications bi-annually and will be notified by mail of this refiling requirement. New applicants who think they qualify for this tax relief should inquire at the Assessor’s Office.

In addition to this State property tax relief program, the Town of Bethany has adopted a local option property tax relief program at the February 7, 2000 Special Town Meeting. Those applicants who qualify for the State of Connecticut property tax relief program can also apply for the Town program. Those taxpayers who are already on the program and are required to refile, will be notified by mail.

Dated this 4th day of January, 2019

Mario J. Panagrosso
Assessor for the Town of Bethany