Connecticut Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Connecticut Military and Veteran Benefits: Connecticut offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including a Soldiers, Sailors' and Marines' fund, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Connecticut Military and Veteran State Taxes Benefits?

Retired Military Pay Exempt from Connecticut State Taxes: Connecticut law allows a retired member of the Armed Forces of the United States or National Guard-to the extent retirement pay from the U.S. government is properly includible in federal adjusted gross income (AGI)-to subtract from federal AGI 100% of the income received from the U.S. government as retirement pay when computing his or her Connecticut AGI.

Payments received by a former Spouse of a retired military member, under a final decree of divorce, dissolution, annulment, or legal separation or a court ordered, ratified, or approved property settlement incident to a decree dividing military retirement pay, do not qualify for the 100% retirement pay exclusion. If you are a nonresident of Connecticut, your Armed Forces pension is not Connecticut-sourced income.

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Connecticut State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Disability pensions and any other benefits granted for relief of injuries or disabled Veterans, as well as tuition payments, subsistence allowances, and any other benefits paid to or on account of a Veteran or beneficiary under the laws relating to Veterans are treated the same for Connecticut income tax purposes as for federal income tax purposes. If these amounts are excludable from gross income for federal income tax purposes, they are not subject to Connecticut income tax.

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Connecticut State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Disability pensions and any other benefits granted for relief of injuries or disabled Veterans, as well as tuition payments, subsistence allowances, and any other benefits paid to or on account of a Veteran or beneficiary under the laws relating to Veterans are treated the same for Connecticut income tax purposes as for federal income tax purposes. If these amounts are excludable from gross income for federal income tax purposes, they are not subject to Connecticut income tax.

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Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Connecticut State Tax Benefits: Connecticut law allows a retired member of the Armed Forces of the United States or National Guard-to the extent retirement pay from the U.S. government is properly includible in federal adjusted gross income (AGI)-to subtract from federal AGI 100% of the income received from the U.S. government as retirement pay when computing his or her Connecticut AGI.

 Survivor benefits received by a beneficiary under an option or election made by a retired member, and that began upon the member’s death, are also covered by this modification.

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Connecticut Veteran Property Tax Exemption: A reduction of the assessed value of property for tax purposes is available - $1,500.00 deducted from the assessed value of either real estate or automobile before tax is assessed. Veterans below a certain income level and/or have service connected disabilities are eligible for additional property tax exemptions (up to $10,000 for paraplegics).
Who is eligible for Connecticut Veteran Property tax Exemption?
Veterans who have at least 90 days of active duty during wartime and are honorably discharged are eligible for the tax exemption. Veterans below a certain income level and/or disabled Veterans are eligible for additional property tax exemptions. Surviving Spouses of Veterans may also be eligible for this benefit. Contact your municipality’s Tax Assessor Officer for specific details.
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Reduced Connecticut Automobile Sales Tax for Military Personnel: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are residents of Connecticut are subject to a 6.35% (7.75% for vehicles over $50,000) sales and use tax .

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on full-time active duty in Connecticut who are residents of another state may purchase motor vehicles from a licensed Connecticut motor vehicle dealer at a reduced sales tax rate of 4.5%. Purchases can also be made jointly with the military member’s Spouse. To obtain the reduced tax rate the military member must complete the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Form CERT-135 and submit to the Connecticut licensed dealer with other required documents as mentioned on the CERT-135.

Military members who purchase a vehicle from an out-of-state dealer must submit the completed Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Form CERT-135 and other required documents to the DMV at the time of registration.

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Connecticut Tax Relief for Service Members Killed in Combat Zone or as a Result of Injuries: When a member of the military dies while on active duty in a combat zone or as a result of injuries received while serving in a combat zone, all income taxes are waived for the taxable year of the death and for any prior taxable year ending on or after the first day the deceased served in that combat zone. No income tax returns have to be filed for the deceased or the estate for these years.

If the deceased paid any tax while in the combat zone, the full amount of the tax paid will be refunded to the estate or Surviving Spouse provided a return is filed to claim the refund. If any tax was assessed but not paid, the assessments will be canceled.

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What are my Connecticut Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

 Connecticut Veterans, Military Service Member, Veteran and Dependent Tuition Waiver: State statutes provide that tuition at Connecticut public colleges and universities may be waived for eligible Veterans, Service members and certain dependents. The state tuition waiver also covers the amount of tuition