There are a number of tax assessment relief programs authorized by Connecticut State Statute that are available to qualified property owners and renters in Tolland.
Residents should be aware that the veterans’ property tax relief is available to all eligible active duty service members as well as veterans who meet the requirements. Section 12-81(19) of the Connecticut General Statutes mandates that towns provide a $1,000 property tax exemption to veterans of various wars and conflicts. Subdivision (g) of this section adds “any person who is serving in the armed services in time of war…” to the list of eligible veterans. The section references Connecticut General Statutes section 27-103 for the definition of “service in the time of war” which in turn references section 101 of Title 38 of the United States Code. Under these statutes, a service member who currently is on active duty and has been for at least 90 days is eligible for property tax relief if the service member meets all other requirements.
Detailed information regarding the Disabled, Elderly/Disabled Homeowners (Circuit Breaker), Elderly/Disabled Homeowners (Freeze), Rebate for Elderly/Disabled Renters, and Veterans Additional Exemption Tax Relief Programs can be found by visiting the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management website by clicking this link.
You can also speak with an Assessor’s Office representative in the Town of Tolland by calling (860) 871-3650, during the following hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm. The office is closed on Fridays.
Press Release - Town of Tolland Tax Relief Programs:
The Tolland Tax Assessor’s Office is accepting applications for tax relief for senior citizens or permanently disabled homeowners from February 1, 2015 through May 15, 2015. There are three separate programs available:
Homeowner Aid for the Elderly and Disabled Program (Circuit Breaker) is a State program which requires homeowners to be 65 years of age as of December 31, 2014, or be 50 years of age or over and the surviving spouse or civil partner of a homeowner who at the time of death had qualified for and was entitled to tax relief, or be eligible to receive permanent total disability benefits under Social Security. Such spouse or civil union partner must have been domiciled with the homeowner at the time of death. You must also have been a resident of Connecticut for at least one year. Your 2014 income, including Social Security, cannot exceed $42,200 if married or $34,600 if unmarried.
Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens (Ordinance 25) is a local tax deferment program. This program defers property taxes for low income homeowners while they own their property. When the property is sold or a use change occurs, all back taxes are due with interest. Your maximum income cannot exceed $51,550 for this program. You must be over 65 years of age or eligible to receive permanent total disability benefits under Social Security.
Local Tax Relief Program for Permanently Disabled and Senior Residents (Ordinance 60) is a tax freeze program. Eligibility requirements are that homeowners must have resided and paid taxes on property since July 1, 2014 or earlier, at least one of the homeowners must be 65 years of age by December 31, 2014 or eligible to receive permanent total disability benefits of the surviving spouse or civil union partner or homeowner who at the time of death qualified for this program. Household income for the year 2014 cannot exceed $51,550 and total household assets (excluding the home) cannot exceed $515,500.
The application period for all three programs is February 1, 2015 through May 15, 2015. All applications must be accompanied with proof of income. For an application or more information, please call the Tolland Assessor’s Office at (860) 871-3650.