West Haven assessor’s office accepting applications for tax relief programs, beginning Thursday
Elderly and disabled homeowners have the opportunity to apply for four different tax relief programs that could lower their tax burdens beginning Thursday, city officials said.
Residents can apply for the programs, based on their 2017 incomes, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, Feb. 15 to May 15, in the assessor’s office on the first floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.
Any applicant or spouse of a qualified person who is 65 or older as of Dec. 31, 2017, or permanently and totally disabled as defined by Social Security, is eligible to apply, Assessor Ann Marie Gradoia said in a news release.
The programs and their basic requirements are as follows:
1. The state elderly and disabled homeowners program offers tax reduction benefits depending on income and marital status.
Income limits, including Social Security, are $43,000 for a married couple and $35,300 for a single person.
2. To qualify for the West Haven senior tax-freeze program, a separate program, the applicant must be 70 years old by the end of the previous calendar year and have lived in the city for 20 consecutive years.
Income limits for the senior tax freeze program, excluding Social Security, are $50,000 for a married couple and $35,000 for a single person. Those eligible for the program must reapply each year.
3. The state tax-freeze program, which is a different program from the West Haven tax-freeze program, is only for residents already enrolled with incomes not exceeding $6,000, excluding Social Security.
Applicants who receive railroad retirement benefits must include the taxable portion.
4. The assessor’s office also is accepting applications until Oct. 1 for additional veterans exemptions. The maximum income allowable for that program is $43,000 for a married applicant and $35,300 for a single applicant.
For additional information, go online to http://www.cityofwesthaven.com/DocumentCenter/View/49, visit the assessor’s office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or call 203-937-3515.