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Tax Relief Program   State of Connecticut Elderly and Totally Disabled Homeowners Program Anyone who is over age 65 by December 31 or 100% disabled through social security and owns real estate in the Town of Stratford as of October 1st (and resides in their home) may be eligible for the State Homeowners program.  This program is income based and applicants must file an application with the Assessor’s Office biannually between February 1st and May 15th. Income Limits: Single - $35,200 Married - $42,900 **These income limits are for the October 1, 2015 grand list, which is billed in July 2016 and January 2017 Application Process: Applications will be accepted at the Assessor’s Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 8:30am to 11:30am beginning February through May 15th.  You will need to bring a copy of your most current tax return along with your social security 1099.  If you do not file a tax return you will need to bring all your year-end income statements (these are the documents you usually bring to your Accountant).  For example, if you are filing an application in 2016 you will need proof of your income for the 2015 year.  Applicants under the age of 65 who have been deemed 100% disabled must also bring current proof of disability from Social Security. Exemption Amounts: This program is based on a sliding scale according to income and marital status.  You can receive a tax credit of $150 up to $1,000.  This credit is applied to your total tax due thus reducing the amount of your tax bill.  State of CT Links http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2985&q=383136  Q&A Booklet http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2985&q=383152  Local Homeowners Program Anyone who is over age 65 by December 31 or 100% disabled through social security and owns real estate in the Town of Stratford as of October 1st (and resides in their home) may be eligible for the Local Homeowners program.  This program is income based and applicants must file an application biannually.  Applications will be accepted at the Assessor’s Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 8:30am to 11:30am beginning February through May 15th Income Limits: Single - $51,000 Married - $51,000 **These income limits are for the 2015 grand list, which is billed in July 2016 and January 2017. Application Process: Applications will be accepted at the Assessor’s Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 8:30am to 11:30am beginning February through May 15th.  You will need to bring a copy of your most current tax return along with your social security 1099.  If you do not file a tax return you will need to bring all your year-end income statements (these are the documents you usually bring to your Accountant).  For example, if you are filing an application in 2016 you will need proof of your income for the 2015 year.  Applicants under the age of 65 who have been deemed 100% disabled must also bring current proof of disability from social security. Exemption Amounts: Applicants for the Local Homeowners program must choose one of the two different exemption options: the Tax Credit option or the Town Deferral option.  The Tax Credit option – The exemption amount for this option is based on a sliding scale according to income and marital status.  You can receive a tax credit of $140 up to $500.  This credit will be increased annually by 75% of your total tax increase.  i.e. if your taxes increase by $100, $75 of this will be added to your current credit, provided you meet the income requirements.  This credit is applied to your total tax due thus reducing the amount of your tax bill.  This option does not require reimbursement to the Town of Stratford by the applicant.  The Town Deferral option – This option allows the property owner to defer payment of 75% of the total tax due.  Upon sale, transfer or death this portion will become due and payable plus interest. For further information regarding the Local Homeowners Program please contact the Assessor’s Office at 203-385-4025. Link to town ordinances and charter  http://www.ecode360.com/?custId=ST1064  State of Connecticut Renters Rebate Program Anyone who is over age 65 by December 31 or 100% disabled through Social Security and rents or leases property in the Town of Stratford may be eligible for this program.  Applicants must be a resident at time of application.  The applicant must not exceed the State income limits.  Income Limits: Single - $35,200 Married - $42,900 **These income limits are for the 2015 Renter’s Rebate Program.  These applications are taken in 2016. Application Process: Applications must be filed annually between April 1st and October 1st. Applications will be accepted at the Stratford Senior Services Department.  For application information you may contact them at 203-385-4050. You will need to bring a copy of your most current tax return along with your social security 1099.  If you do not file a tax return you will need to bring all of your year-end statements (these are the documents you usually bring to your accountant).  You will also need to bring copies of the past 12 months of rent receipts for the previous calendar year and copies of the past 12 months of utility bills (water, electric, gas and oil) for the previous calendar year.  Applicants under the age of 65 who have been deemed 100% disabled must also bring current proof of disability from Social Security. Exemption Amount: This program is based on a sliding scale according to income and martial status.  You can receive a credit of $50 to $900.  You will receive a check from the State of Connecticut.  The check typically arrives in December of the application year.  All questions regarding payments should be directed to the Office of Policy and Management. State Of CT Links  http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2985&q=383154&opmNav_GID=1807  Q&A Booklet http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2985&q=383158