STONINGTON — Tax exemptions are available from the town of Stonington for veterans and active duty military personnel, and the application deadline for the basic property tax exemptions is Sept. 30 to be included on the October 2019 grand list.

In order to apply, veterans must file honorable discharge (DD214) papers. A current service member must submit a letter from his or her commanding officer with the town clerk’s office at 152 Elm St. Discharge papers need only to be filed once. To receive an exemption, a veteran must have served 90 or more cumulative days during wartime, unless the war lasted less than 90 days.

Eligible veterans without taxable property in their names but who lease a vehicle may receive reimbursement of taxes equal to their exemption. Active duty residents are entitled to an exemption of one motor vehicle in addition to the veteran’s exemption. Forms and additional information are provided under the town's Assessment Department at the website.

Disabled veterans who have established their eligibility for exemption are no longer required to file an annual statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs unless there is a change in the percentage of disability or they are over 65 years of age.

If a married veteran has a total 2018 income of $43,900 or less, or a single veteran has an income of $36,000 or less, he or she may apply for an additional exemption with the Assessment Department. The last day to file for this exemption is Oct. 1.

Nonresident active duty servicemen and servicewomen stationed in Connecticut may apply for a motor vehicles exemption under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, a law enacted in 2003 that revised and expanded the Soldiers' and Sailors' Relief Act of 1940.

For forms and more information about exemptions and eligibility, call 860-535-5098 or visit the Assessment Department at 152 Elm St., Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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