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The grand list year runs from October 1stthrough September 30th each year. The DMV furnishes us a list of all vehicles registered on October 1st. You are then billed for this time period July1st. If at anytimeafter October 1st ownership changes, your bill may be prorated tothe month of transfer. In order for thisprorate to be processed, you must bring in proof of transfer of ownership. This includes, but is not limited to, areturned plate receipt from the DMV, a bill of sale, a receipt from a junkyard,a letter from your insurance companydeclaring a total loss, or copy of a purchase agreement showing your oldvehicle as a trade in vehicle. Alldocumentation must be dated and refer to the vehicle by make, model, and VINnumber.
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State Statute requires all persons (residents andnon-residents) of taxable personal property in the Town of Ledyard or within the Indian ReservationBoundaries to file with the Assessor a sworn declaration of all such personalproperty owned or leased by them on the 1st day of October.
Personal property consists of non-registered and out ofstate motor vehicles; trailers, horses; ponies; construction equipment,machinery, commercial furniture, fixtures and equipment, electronic dataprocessing equipment, farm and mechanic’s machinery and tools, consumablesupplies and all other taxable property not mentioned. Declaration forms are mailed to all partiesappearing on the previous Grand List and must be returned by November 1st. Forms for new businesses are available uponrequest. Failure to file such a declarationby November 1st will result in an additional 25% penalty.
The current exemptions available include Veterans, Disabled Veteran’s,Totally Disabled, and Blind. In order toqualify you must do the following:
Veterans: You mustfile your DD214 with the Town Clerk on or before September 30th. Once this is filed, you will receive your exemption each year, withnothing further to file. There are stateand local income based tax credit programs available as well that must beapplied for between February 1stand October 1st biannually.
Disabled Veterans:If you have a disability rating through the Department of Veteran Affairs, acopy of your award letter or annual statement needs to be sent to the Assessor’sOffice to increase your Veteran’s exemption. This need only be filed once, unless there is an increase to yourpercentage of disability. This must bereceived in this office by January 31st.
Totally Disabled: If you are collecting Social Security as 100%disabled, there is an exemption you may apply for. You must furnish a copy of your award letterfrom SSA and file a short exemption form, available in the Assessor’s Office,prior to October 1st. Thereare state and local tax credit programs available as well that must be appliedfor between February 1st andMay 15th biannually.
Blind: If you arelegally blind, you may qualify for an exemption by furnishing this office witha certificate of legal blindness issued by the Board of Education and Servicesfor the Blind.
Elderly: There arestate and local income based tax credit programs available to those over 65that must be applied for between February1st and May 15th biannually.
The income limits for all tax credit programs are setby the state and change each year due to cost of living. For the 2017 GrandList, the maximum qualifying income was $44,125 for single persons and $53,750for married persons. In order to applyfor these programs, you must provide a copy of your income tax return, if youfile, your Social Security 1099, if you collect, and any other statements ofincome you may receive. Please contactthe Assessor’s Office if you believe you may qualify and our staff will adviseyou as to what you need to do next.