Applications for the State of Connecticut Homeowners Tax Credit Program and the City of Milford Local Tax Credit Benefit are being taken in the Assessors office located at the Parson’s Government Complex, 70 West River Street.

Eligibility for benefits are based on an applicant’s proof of ownership as of Oct. 1, 2014, resident status and financial eligibility.

A qualified applicant must be 65 years of age by Dec. 31, 2014; also those persons under age 65 who are considered 100% Social Security Disabled may apply.  Those qualifying as 100% disabled must bring a current printout from Social Security which must include a statement of disability and when it began. To receive a printout, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.

People have until May 15 to apply, and will be taken between 9 a.m. and noon, and 2 and 4 p.m.

Maximum income guidelines for this year are as follows:

State of Connecticut – Homeowners Tax Credit Program

$34,600 – Single Person, $42,200 – Married Couple

City of Milford – Local Tax Credit Benefit

$49,600 – Single Person, $57,200 – Married Couple

Qualifying income is defined as all taxable and nontaxable income.  This definition includes taxable income as may be reported for federal income tax purposes, as well as nontaxable income.

People should bring the following items with them:

If a federal income tax return was filed for 2014, it is a statutory requirement that a copy must be presented.

In addition to the tax return for 2014, those receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement earnings must bring the 2014 SSA-1099 (for both spouses). Those receiving veteran pensions and veteran disability pensions must provide a letter from the VA (1-800-827-1000) stating total earnings for 2014.

Those who do not file a federal income tax return for 2014 must bring all proofs of income for 2014. For example, bring in statements of wages, bonuses, commissions, fees, gratuities, payment for jury duty, lottery winnings, annuities and pensions, IRA distributions, interest, dividends, net rent or proceeds from sales of property, veteran pensions and veteran disability pensions, and any other proofs of income (taxable and non-taxable).

Those receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement earnings, must bring the 2014 SSA-1099 (for both spouses).

For information contact the assessor’s office at 203-783-3229.

People currently on the program must renew by the deadline or their benefit will be removed.