Tax Relief Programs?

There are a number of tax assessment relief programs authorized by Connecticut state law that are administered by the City of Stamford, and are available to qualified property owners and renters in Stamford.

Detailed information regarding the following programs can be found at: http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=3006&Q=383278&opmNav_GID=1386

  • Disabled: Municipalities must provide qualifying homeowners with disabilities a $1,000 property tax exemption. In order to qualify, a homeowners must: (1) be eligible to receive permanent total disability benefits under Social Security; (2) qualify for permanent disability benefits under a federal, state, or local government retirement plan; or (3) be 65 years or older and no longer eligible to receive benefits under the disability benefit provisions of Social Security
  • Elderly/Disabled Homeowners (Circuit Breaker): Connecticut provides state-reimburse “circuit breaker” property tax credits to homeowners who are at least 65 years old or totally disabled, and whose annual incomes do not exceed certain limits. The widow or widower of someone who received benefits at time of death also qualifies for this relief. Income ceilings are $39,500 for married claimants and $32,300 for single claimants. The maximum benefit for married applicants is $1,250. The maximum benefit for single applicants is $1,000
  • Elderly/Disabled Homeowners (Freeze): As part of a 1967 state-funded program, municipalities must cap the property taxes for elderly homeowners, but no new applicants have been allowed for the program since 1979. Homeowners never pay any more than the amount of taxes they paid in their first year enrolled in the program. If their taxes fall below this amount, they may pay the lower amount.

    In order to have qualified, applicants had to be at least 65 years or older and have an adjusted gross income of under $6,000. Surviving spouses of taxpayers who qualified at the time of their death must have been at least 50 years old to qualify. In addition, they must have occupied the eligible property as their primary home and have lived in the state for at least one year

  • Rebate for Elderly/Disabled Renters 

  • Veterans Exemption Tax Relief: Municipalities must provide eligible veterans or their surviving parents with a $1,000 property tax exemption. Eligibility is limited to war time veterans, their surviving spouses or parents, and veterans who retired from the military or who left due to mental or physical disability. Municipalities may provide additional exemption to those veterans receiving the standard exemption of up to $10,000 or 10% of the property's assessed value. In doing so, they must comply with statutory income limits.
  • Additional Exemption for Veterans. Municipalities must provide all eligible veterans receiving the standard exemption an additional exemption based on their income. The value of the additional exemption for married households with incomes under $21,000, or single households with incomes under $18,000, is $2,000. For households above the income threshold, the benefit is $500.

If you would like to speak with a Taxation Services representative in the City of Stamford Office of Assessment and Collection, please call (203) 977-5888, Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

Definitions: 

A “circuit breaker” program prevents the amount of property taxes a homeowner pays from exceeding a specified portion of income. The amount of relief depends on the property owner's income and marital status. Connecticut has a sliding scale circuit breaker program specifically for elderly homeowners, but other states have programs that target a broader group or use a threshold approach rather than a sliding scale approach.

A “tax freeze” program freezes property tax at a specific year. Some states freeze the property tax due, while others freeze the assessed value. Connecticut instituted a tax freeze program in 1965, but began to phase it out in 1979. Other states have active programs.