The filing period runs through May 15.
To qualify for the program the applicant or spouse must have reached the age of 65 before the end of 2012 and have owned their primary residence for at least one year. The income limits for the program are $33,500 for a single person or $40,900 for married couple. Permanently and totally disabled individuals are eligible to receive benefits under the program regardless of age, provided all other criteria are met.
Those who are currently on the program, and are required to file, will receive a notice from the Assessor’s Office.
Proof of 2012 income must be presented at time of application. Proof of income includes federal income tax return and social security year end statement for 2012 for anyone that files an income tax return, W2 forms, pension year end statement, interest income, and year end social security statement for anyone that does not file an income tax return.
The filing period for the town’s local tax relief program runs through May 15 as well. This program is available to homeowners who turned 65 years old by Dec. 31, 2012 or anyone totally disabled under Social Security guidelines. To be eligible for the local program, residents must have lived in town for at least one year and be current on all taxes. Income verification is required and only one application per household is allowed.
An applicant for the local program must file every two years to continue eligibility. Applications are available at the Assessor’s Office. For more information, call the Assessor’s Office at (203) 723-5253.