Tax Relief Information

Individuals who are applying for tax relief are required to provide documentation of Social Security Benefits (SSA-1099).  This document is generally mailed to individuals and can also be obtained through the link below:

As of January 2019, the contact number for the Torrington Social Security Office is (800) 772-1213.


Blind & Disabled

New applications for the blind and totally disabled person’s exemption must be filed by October 1st of the assessment date. 

  • Totally Disabled Tax Exemption Application: FORM D-1  

Local Option Exemptions for Handicapped

Under Barkhamsted Town Ordinances, Local Exemptions are available to the owners of certain private vehicles specially equipped for the transportation of the handicapped. Please call or visit the Assessor's office for further information.

Veterans

Veterans must have filed their DD-214 form (discharge papers) with the town clerk’s office no later than September 30, 2019  to be eligible for the veteran’s exemption on the assessment of October 1st 2019 list year. Veterans may request their DD-214 on-line from the National Archives. Veterans with service connected disability rating and under the age of 65, must submit to the assessor proof of disability rating from the Veterans Administration, in order to receive the proper amount of exemption on the 2019 Grand List.

Disabled Veterans aged 65 or older

If you were receiving additional exemptions due to a Veteran's disability, you may be entitled to an additional exemption equivalent to the 100% disability rating. If you are not receiving such an exemption, please provide proof to the Assessor.

Additional Veterans' Exemption

For income qualifying applicants, the 2020 G/L will be based on the following income maximums: The maximum for single applicants will be $37,000; the maximum for married applicants will be $45,100.  (File biennially form M-59a , Filing period Feb. 1st - Oct. 1st)

100% V.A. determined Disabled Veterans will continue to use $18,000 for single applicants and $21,000 for married applicants (adjusted gross income only;Social Security Income is not considered).

Information for Disabled Veterans Who Need to Obtain VA Verification for Tax Assessment Purposes

Effective with tax year 2008, the Federal VA will no longer automatically mail to you VA Form 20-5455, “Statement of Benefit Payment Records,” for submission to your local Tax Assessor for tax abatement credit.  You must now request on your own a Letter of Disability Verification from the VA Regional Office in Newington through one of the below methods and submit this letter to your Tax Assessor immediately upon receipt. 

You must include in your request your full name, VA claim number (or Social Security number if not known), and your complete mailing address.  

Ways for Disabled CT Veterans to Request an Annual Letter of Disability Verification from the VA:

  1. Email a request here
  2. Fax a written request to (860) 665-7654
  3. Call the toll-free CT Veterans Information Line at (866) 928-8387 and ask them to submit a request to the Federal VA on your behalf 
  4. Visit a district office of the CT Department of Veterans’ Affairs located in Bridgeport, Newington, Norwich, Rocky Hill, Waterbury or West Haven

(Addresses and telephone numbers are available at this link or by calling (866) 928-8387)