Veterans may be eligible for Weston tax exemptions

Weston veterans or their spouses who have not filed their original “DD-214” discharge papers with the Weston town clerk, or active duty service personnel, may be eligible for a property tax exemption to be applied against their motor vehicle, personal property, or real estate assessments.

Veterans who are permanent residents of Weston and have served a minimum of three months of active duty during war time, should file their “DD-214” or other approved discharge papers with the Weston town clerk by Sept. 30 in order to receive a property tax exemption for the July 2013 tax bills.

Active duty service personnel should file a veteran’s letter stating active duty status with the town clerk by Sept. 30.

The eligibility dates for war time service are: World War II: Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1947; Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955; Vietnam Era: Feb. 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975; Lebanon: July 1, 1958 to Nov. 1, 1958, or Sept. 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984; Invasion of Grenada: Oct. 25, 1983 to Dec. 15, 1983; Operation Earnest Will: Feb. 1, 1987 to July 23, 1987; Invasion of Panama: Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990; and Persian Gulf War: after Aug. 2, 1990.

Veterans currently granted benefits under this program will continue to receive benefits without reapplying.

Contact the Assessor’s Office (203-222-2606) for details on applying for the exemption for the above-mentioned periods of service.

In addition, any disabled veteran may be eligible for a disabled veteran’s exemption regardless of their dates of service.

In order to qualify for the disabled veteran’s exemption, the veteran must have a disability rating from the Veterans Administration, must be domiciled in Weston, and must submit proof of his or her claim for the exemption by filing an honorable discharge with the town clerk by Sept. 30.

Any questions may be referred to the Assessor’s Office at 203-222-2606.

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