Additional tax exemptions available


BEACON FALLS — Eligible residents can file for additional tax exemptions.

The deadline for veterans to file their discharge papers to establish eligibility for the military exemption is Sept. 30. Veterans must have served 90 days active duty during a time of war or have a service-related disability to qualify.

Active duty members are also eligible for tax relief on one motor vehicle. Veterans with disability ratings are eligible for additional exemptions.

The deadline to apply for additional veteran exemptions is Oct. 1. To be eligible, veterans’ income can’t exceed $33,500 for a single person and $43,000 for a married couple.

Totally disabled taxpayers can apply for a $1,000 off their real estate or motor vehicle assessment. Applicants must provide proof of disability from the Social Security Administration.

New applications are also being accepted for the blind tax exemption, which provides $3,000 off an assessment. Blindness certification is required. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1.

The filing period for new applicants for farm and forestland designation benefits is Sept. 1 to Oct. 31. To qualify for farmland, land must be used primarily for farming and a certain amount of income or expenses must derive from its use.

To qualify for a forestland exemption, the property owner must hire a state certified forester examine the land. The total acreage of forestland must exceed 25 acres. This report must be filed by Oct. 1.

For more information, call the assessor’s office at 203-723-5253.