Veterans eligible for exemptions

Honorable discharge papers due

The City/Town Clerk’s Office reminds all Shelton Veterans who served in

the Armed Forces of the U.S. during wartime, or who have a disability rating

from the Veterans’ Administration, to file their Honorable Discharge Papers

with their office on or before Wednesday, September 30, 2015, in order to warrant

qualification for a Veteran Exemption.  If the papers are already on file, they need

not be resubmitted.

When all requirements under State Law are satisfied, the veteran is eligible for a

$3,000 exemption, or greater for those with a disability rating, which is applied to

the assessed value of property.

According to William Gaffney, Assessor, there are additional programs available.

A veteran whose adjusted gross income, plus Social Security, for the calendar

year 2014, is less than  $42,200  if married, or  $34,600  if single, is eligible to file

for an additional state and local program.  Proof of income must accompany the

applicant.   Applications  have been taken by the Assessor’s Office, City

Hall, since February, and will continue to be accepted until Oct. 1.

Any disabled veteran, who received the Statement Form Benefit Payment Record,

V A Form 20-5455, from the Department of Veteran Affairs, and has never submitted it to the Shelton Assessor’s Office, is to do so by September 30, 2015,

in order to receive the disability exemption.  Annual submission of VA Form 20-

5455 is no longer required, unless the percentage of disability has changed.

Under a Municipal Ordinance, passed by the Board of Aldermen in 1991,

a disabled veteran, who owns a motor vehicle that is specially equipped for

the purpose of adapting its use to the disability of the veteran, is entitled to

total exemption from taxes on the vehicle.  Upon application of claim,

documentary evidence is to be presented that the vehicle is specially equipped.

Annual application is required.  Forms are available at the Assessor’s Office, and

are being accepted until Wednesday, Sept. 30.

For more information on veterans’ exemptions, call the Assessor’s Office at

203-924-1555 Ext 1365, Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M..