ELDERLY AND DISABLED HOMEOWNERS PROGRAM UPDATE
This applies to both the State and Town Programs
The Governor recently issued Executive Order 7S which includes a provision to eliminate the refiling requirement for those applicants due to refile this year.
If you were due to refile this year, you were notified by mail in February. As a result of this Executive Order, you are no longer required to come into our office to refile. In addition we mailed a postcard confirming that you are not required to file on April 16, 2020.
If you are seeking the benefit for the first time you will need to apply. Please contact the office at 203-256-3110 and we will work with you on the process. The Executive Order did not extend the due date of May 15, 2020 . If you can not apply by this date you will need to request an extension from the Office of Policy and Management by August 15, 2020. Please call the office and we will provide instructions on how to request an extension.
Senior and Disabled Tax Relief
Application Period: Monday, February 3, 2020 to Friday, May 15, 2020
State and local laws provide real property tax relief programs for Fairfield residents who are age 65 and over or totally disabled and whose annual incomes and assets are within specified limits. These programs are designed to help seniors and the totally disabled remain in the homes and town they improved over the years. Town tax relief programs are defined in Section 95-15 of the Town Code and are administered by the Assessor's Office.
Do I Qualify?
To qualify for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 tax relief:
- Persons must be at least 65 years of age or totally disabled (receiving total disability payments from Social Security or from any other government disability program) as of December 31, 2019
- See individual program levels below with income caps
- The property for which the tax relief is claimed must be the legal residence of the applicant and occupied by them more than 183 days of each year
- Applicant shall have been a taxpayer of the Town of Fairfield and have paid taxes for at least one year as of October 1 of the current Grand List year
- Persons must have a qualifying total asset value (QTAV) not exceeding $650,000. Qualifying total asset value consists of any and all assets of the applicant and spouse as of the date of application excluding the value of the applicant's primary legal residence and all tangible personal property contained therein
For qualification questions please contact the Assessor's Office.
When to Apply
The Filing Period for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Senior and Totally Disabled Tax Relief is Monday, February 3, 2020 through Friday, May 15, 2020. According to State Statute, all applications must be made during this period.
Extensions to this filing deadline are only granted for "extenuating circumstances due to illness or incapacitation as evidenced by a physician's certificate or other good cause." Requests for extensions must be made by application to the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management by August 15th of the application year.
How to Apply
There are no paper applications. Applicants must meet in person with a staff member from the Assessor's Office to file. Application hours are 9:00-11:00 am and 2:00-4:00 pm, Monday through Friday during the Application Period. You must bring all proof of income for the previous calendar year with you (see list below under 'What to Bring').
What to Bring
Applicants must bring proof of income for the previous calendar year. Applicants need to provide all information at filing time or will be asked to return. Applications must be complete by the due date of May 15 to be considered on time.
Proof of income includes:
- a complete copy of your 2019 income tax form 1040 or 1040A
- a copy of the 2019 social security form 1099
- all other 1099 forms whether taxable or not
All income from all sources for the previous calendar year must be considered for any tax relief program.
For those who do not file an income tax form - copies of all 1099 forms both taxable and non taxable are required.
Town Tax Relief Programs
The Town offers three Senior and Disabled Tax Relief Programs. The 2019 income requirements and program details are as follows:
||Persons will have a credit which varies (depending on income) applied to their tax bill for the coming year.
||This credit is a grant with no lien or payback required.
||Gross taxes frozen at last year's level and will continue for six years; at the end of 6 years person must choose one of the other two programs; the freeze is a one-time option only
||The tax savings over the six years are a grant with no lien or payback required.
Age 75+: May elect to defer up to 50% of the gross tax levied on their property.
|Tax savings over time must be paid back with an interest rate as set by the Fiscal Officer and a lien will be applied against the property.
Please consult Section 95-15 of the Town Code or contact the Assessor's Office for more details.
State Tax Relief
If an applicant's 2019 income is under $37,000 for a single person or $45,100 for a married couple, they are eligible for credit from the State as well as from the Town. If eligible a state application will be completed at the same time as the town application.