A Veteran is described as a person who has served in the armed forces. To be eligible for this exemption a Veteran must have served during an active period of war for at least 90 days, received an honorable discharge and have his/her discharge file with the Town Clerk prior to Oct. 1. Download War Dates file to check "active periods of war." [PDF]
Note: If you are entitled to a disability pension as determined by the Veteran’s Administration whether you served during an active period of war or not, you are eligible for a disabled Veteran’s Exemption. You must file your percentage of disability rating (Form 20 5444) every October with the Assessor.
Local Veteran’s Exemption (No proof of income required)
If you qualify for the above exemption you qualify for this exemption. This exemption is applied to your assessment. This exemption is not reimbursed by the state and is by town ordinance.
Additional State Veteran’s Exemption Income Requirement
Any Veteran who is eligible for the Veteran’s exemption previously mentioned, and whose adjusted gross income meets certain guidelines, is eligible for twice the regular exemption which would be applied to your assessment. Application dates for this program are Feb. 1 through May 15. For the Oct. 1, 2019 Grand List, income requirements are as follows:
Single Veteran: $36,000
Married Veteran: $43,900
The above includes all income, non taxable and taxable.
Totally disabled Veterans do not include Social Security in the income.
Town of Westport Additional Veteran’s Exemption
The Town of Westport also offers a local option for an additional $20,000 off of your assessment. Application dates for this program are Feb. 1 through Sept. 30. For the Oct. 1, 2019 Grand List, income requirements are as follows:
Single Veteran $61,000 maximum income
Married Veteran $68,900 maximum income
A member of the armed forces who is currently on active duty may be eligible to have one passenger motor vehicle garaged inside or outside the state exempt from property tax. To qualify, the individual must submit a form annually confirming “on active duty” by signing the attestation statement. Download and print out an application.[PDF]