WASHINGTON — Homeowners who were 65 years or older by December 31, 2019, or who are receiving Social Security disability payments may be eligible for a state tax credit on their property tax bill.
Their property must be their principal residence and their total income, including Social Security, must not exceed $37,000 (single) and $45,100 (married).
In addition to the above credit from the state, residents may be eligible for a town tax credit. Applicants must be 65 years or older by December 31, 2019 and must have been taxpayers of the town for a period of three years prior to their application.
For the town credit, total income, including Social Security, cannot exceed $37,400 (single) and $45,500 (married).
Application must be filed in the assessor’s office by May 15 and, if eligible, will apply to the July billing.
Once approved for the state program, reapplication is every two years, unless there is a change in income. Forms will be mailed to state program homeowners who must reapply this year.
Applications for the town credit must be submitted annually and can be obtained at the assessor’s office.
Persons currently receiving a veteran’s exemption may be eligible for an additional exemption if they meet the above state income requirements. There is no age requirement for additional exemption. Applications will be accepted until October 1 for tax benefit on the October 1, 2020 grand list.
All applications are available at www.washington.org/assessor or from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the assessor’s office.
Those seeking additional information may call 860-868-0398.