Veterans' Additional Exemption Tax Relief Program

Program Description

State law provides a basic $1,000 property tax exemption for certain honorably discharged veterans who actively served at least 90 days during war time, or their survivors. State law also provides an additional exemption for veterans and disabled veterans who are eligible for the basic exemption and who can meet certain income limits. The veteran's original copy of his/her Honorable Discharge (DD-214 Form) must be filed in the land records of the town of residence prior to October 1 in order that the exemption may be granted. For income qualified applicants, an application must be filed biennially with the Assessor's Office of the town of residence between February 1 and October 1st.

The Homeowner Question & Answer Booklet is available for this program. PLEASE NOTE: The municipal Claim Form (M-59) is now available in Adobe Acrobat format. The form can be filled out on-line, downloaded for signature and mailed in to OPM.

For Further Information, Please Contact:
Patrick Sullivan: phone (860) 418-6406, e-mail -

Program Objective Statement

To reimburse towns, cities and boroughs that provide additional property tax relief for veterans and certain survivors who are already receiving exemptions/tax relief under the Veterans' Program provided for in the Connecticut General Statutes: Section 12-81 (19) through (26).


All towns, cities, including the unconsolidated City of Groton and boroughs that provide the local property tax exemption of up to $1,000 as specified in CGS: Section 12-81 (19) through (26) to veterans and survivors qualified to receive that local exemption. NOTE: This grant does not reimburse the towns for this local exemption. Under this grant program, those veterans meeting specified income limits may apply for an additional State exemption totaling up to 200% of the local exemption.

Grant Activity

Fiscal Year 2010 - Paid Out: - $2.78 million: Recipients: - 173 municipalities/boroughs containing 19,669 individual participants.

Key Dates

By January 15, 2011 - Distribute Application forms to towns.

By May 15, 2011 - Distribute Claim forms to towns.

By August 1, 2011 - Receive Claim and Application forms back from towns.

By December 1, 2011- Prepare and certify Payment List for Comptroller. 

Statutory References

Connecticut General Statutes (CGS): Sections 12-81g and 12-81 subdivisions (19), (20), (21), (22), (23), (24), (25) and (26).

Regulatory References

Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies: §12-81g-1, §12-81g-2, §12-81g-3, §12-81g-4 and §12-81g-5.

Funding Source(s)

State: General Fund (100%).

Account Number

11000 - 17024 - 51007 - 55070.

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number

Not applicable

General Statement of Process

Distributes Application and Claim Forms to towns and receives forms back from the towns. Processes requests for penalty waivers. Reviews Claims for accuracy and completeness. Modifies, approves or denies Claims and reconciles modifications with towns. Prepares and certifies grant Payment List for Comptroller. Compiles grant data for inclusion in Year-end Report to General Assembly.