The Assessor's Office administers the State Homeowners Tax Relief Program. Under this program an elderly or totally disabled homeowner may be eligible for a tax credit for the property in which the resident resides. The amount of credit is based on a graduated income scale.
An applicant or their spouse must be 65 or older by the end of the previous calendar year, or be 100% disabled (per Social Security Award Letter), or be 50 or older and be a surviving spouse of a recipient.
Must reside as the owner (or have life use of the property) as of October 1 of the year before applying.
Income requirements are updated annually. The 2016 income maximum is $35,200 for a single person and $42,900 for a married couple. Income is defined as adjusted gross income and tax exempt interest, social security benefits (SSA 1099) plus any other income not included in the adjusted gross income. These figures are subject to change for the 2017 Grand List.
The application must be filed with the Assessor's Office between February 1 and May 15. Proof of income received in the previous calendar year must be provided. Following approval of the initial application by the Assessor, the applicant must refile biennially.
Applications will be available in the Assessors Office after February 1, 2017.