Tax Relief for Elderly and Totally Disabled Persons

The Assessor's Office accepts applications for the State of Connecticut Circuit Breaker program between Feb 1 and May 15 annually.  In order to qualify for the program a person must be totally disabled or over age 65 at the end of the previous calendar year.  The total allowable household income, including Social Security benefits, changes yearly.

The total allowable income for calendar year ending 2017 was: $43,000 for a married couple and $35,300 for a single person.

The amount of tax relief is a sliding scale based on the total income.  For example, a married couple with an annual income of $22,000, may qualify for assistance from the State of up to $1,000.  The $1,000 would be taken off their tax bill.

Once qualified for the State program, a person/couple is also eligible for the Town of Essex matching benefit.  Using the example above, the tax bill could be reduced by up to $2,000.

If you or someone you know, might be eligible for this benefit, please have them come to the Assessor's Office at Town Hall with their SSA 1099, and proof of any income earned in the previous calendar year or a copy of their most recent tax return.

We look forward to the opportunity to assist you.