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Sec. 12-81. Exemptions. The following-described property shall be exempt from taxation.
Agricultural Societies 12-81 (10)
Cemetery Use 12-81 (11)
Charitable Organizations 12-81 (7)
Determination of Exemption 12-89
Educational Organizations 12-81 (7)
Historical Organizations 12-81 (7)
Horticultural Organizations 12-81 (10)
Hospitals 12-81 (16)
Literary Organizations 12-81 (7)
Partially Exempt Property 12-88
Sanatoriums 12-81 (16)
Scientific Organizations 12-81 (7)
Subject to the provisions of
sections 12-87 and 12-88, the real property of, or held in trust for, a corporation organized exclusively for scientific, educational,
literary, historical or charitable purposes or for two or more such purposes and used exclusively for carrying out one or more of such
purposes and the personal property of, or held in trust for, any such corporation, provided (A) any officer, member or employee
thereof does not receive or at any future time shall not receive any pecuniary profit from the operations thereof, except reasonable compensation for services in effecting one or more of such purposes or as proper beneficiary of its strictly charitable purposes, and (B) in 1965, and quadrennially thereafter, a statement shall be filed on or before the first day of November with the assessor or board of
assessors of any town, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough, in which any of its property claimed to be exempt is situated. Such statement shall be filed on a form provided by such assessor or board of assessors. On and after July 1, 1967, housing subsidized, in whole or in part, by federal, state or local government and housing for persons or families of low and moderate income shall not constitute a charitable purpose under this section. As used in this subdivision, "housing" shall not include real property used for temporary housing belonging to, or held in trust for, any corporation organized exclusively for charitable purposes
and exempt from taxation for federal income tax purposes, the primary use of which property is one or more of the following: (i) An
orphanage; (ii) a drug or alcohol treatment or rehabilitation facility; (iii) housing for homeless, retarded or mentally or physically
handicapped individuals, or for battered or abused women and children; (iv) housing for ex-offenders or for individuals participating in a program sponsored by the state Department of Correction or judicial branch; and (v) short-term housing operated by a charitable
organization where the average length of stay is less than 6 months. The operation of such housing, including the receipt of any rental payments, by such charitable organization shall be deemed to be an exclusively charitable purpose;
Subject to the provisions of section 12-88, tangible property owned by, or held in trust for, a
religious organization, provided such tangible property is used exclusively for cemetery purposes; donations held in trust by a municipality, an ecclesiastical society or a cemetery association, the income of which is to be used for the care or improvement of its cemetery, or of one or more private burial lots within such cemetery. Subject to the provisions of sections 12-87 and 12-88, any other tangible property used for cemetery purposes shall not be exempt, unless (a) such tangible property is exclusively so used and (b) no
officer, member or employee of the organization owning such property receives or, at any future time, shall receive any pecuniary
profit from the cemetery operations thereof except reasonable compensation for services in the conduct of its cemetery affairs and (c) in 1965, and quadrennially thereafter, a statement on forms prepared by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall be
filed on or before the last day required by law for the filing of assessment returns with the local board of assessors of any town,
consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough, in which any of its property claimed to be exempt is situated;
Subject to the provisions of subdivision (7) of this section
and section 12-88, real property and its equipment owned by or held in trust for any charitable corporation exclusively used as a
nonprofit camp or recreational facility for charitable purposes; provided at least seventy-five per cent of the beneficiaries of its strictly charitable purposes using such property and equipment in each taxable year were bona fide residents of the state at the time of such use. During the month preceding the assessment date of the town or towns where such camp or facilities are located, such charitable corporation shall submit to the assessors of such town or towns a statement under oath in respect to such residence of such beneficiaries using such facilities during the taxable year ending with the month in which such statement is rendered, and, if the number of such beneficiaries so resident in Connecticut did not equal or exceed such 75%, such real property and equipment shall not be exempt during the next ensuing taxable year. This subdivision shall not affect the exemption of any such real property or equipment of any such charitable corporation incorporated under the laws of this state granted prior to May 26, 1961, where such property and equipment was actually in use for such recreational purposes prior to said date;
During any year for which a report is not required by subdivisions (7), (10)
and (11) of section 12-81, a report shall be filed during the time prescribed by law for the filing of assessment lists next succeeding the
acquiring of property not theretofore made exempt by said subdivisions. Property otherwise exempt under any of said subdivisions and this section shall be subject to taxation until the requirements of said subdivisions and of this section have been complied with. (1949 Rev., S. 1762.)
Whenever any organization claiming exemption from property tax under the provisions of subdivision (7), (10), (11) or (16) of section 12-81 has not filed within the time prescribed, a quadrennial statement concerning such claim for exemption as required in said subdivisions, the assessor or board of assessors of the municipality in which the property is situated, upon receipt of proof of substantial compliance by such organization with the requirements concerning submission of such statement, may allow an extension of time not exceeding 60 days within which such statement may be filed, provided whenever an extension of time is so allowed, such organization shall pay a fee of 35 dollars for late-filing to the municipality in which the property with respect to which such statement is submitted is situated.(P.A. 79-51, S. 1, 2; P.A. 90-271, S. 5 and 24; P.A. 98-242, S.2, 9.) History: P.A. 90-271 made a technical change; P.A. 98-242 changed requirement that the Office of Policy and Management approve extension requests to require approval by local assessors, effective June 8, 1998.
Real property belonging to, or held in trust for, any organization mentioned in subdivision (7), (10), (11), (13), (14), (15), (16) or (18) of section 12-81, which real property is so held for one or more of the purposes stated in the applicable subdivision, and from which real property no rents, profits or income
are derived, shall be exempt from taxation though not in actual use therefore by reason of the absence of suitable buildings and improvements thereon, if the construction of such buildings or improvements is in progress. The real property belonging to, or held in trust for, any such organization, not used exclusively for carrying out one or more of such purposes but leased, rented or otherwise
used for other purposes, shall not be exempt. If a portion only of any lot or building belonging to, or held in trust for, any such organization is used exclusively for carrying out one or more of such purposes, such lot or building shall be so exempt only to the extent of the portion so used and the remaining portion shall be subject to taxation.(1949 Rev., S. 1763.)
The board of assessors of each town, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough shall inspect the statements filed with it and required by sections 12-81 and 12-87 from scientific, educational, literary, historical, charitable, agricultural and cemetery organizations, shall determine what part, if any, of the property claimed to be exempt by the organization shall be in fact exempt and shall place a valuation upon all such property, if any, as is found to be taxable, provided any property acquired by any tax-exempt organization after the 1st day of October shall first become exempt on the assessment date next succeeding the date of acquisition. Any organization filing a tax-exempt statement, aggrieved at the action of the assessor or board of assessors, may appeal, within the time prescribed by law for such appeals, to the board of assessment appeals. Any such organization claiming to be aggrieved by the action of the board of assessment appeals may, within 2 months from the
time of such action, make application in the nature of an appeal therefrom to the superior court for the judicial district in which such property is situated.(1949 Rev., S. 1764; 1961, P.A. 367; P.A. 76-436, S. 302, 681; P.A. 78-280, S. 1, 127; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 46; 95-283, S. 40, 68; P.A. 00-18, S. 1, 3.) History: P.A. 00-18 provided that property acquired by a tax-exempt organization after the 1st day of October shall first become exempt on the assessment date next
succeeding the date of acquisition, and provided that appeals from action of board be taken in the judicial district where the property is situated, effective July 1, 2000.
Any organization claiming exemption from property tax in any municipality in which real or personal property belonging to such organization is situated, which exemption is claimed with respect to all or a portion of such property under the provisions of any of the subdivisions (7), (8), (10), (11), (12), (13), (14), (15), (16), (18), (27), (29), (49) or (58) of section 12-81, may be required upon request, at any time, by the assessor or board of assessors in such municipality to submit evidence of certification from the Internal Revenue Service, effective at the time of such request and in whatever form is then in use under Internal Revenue Service procedure
for purposes of such certification, that such organization has been approved for exemption from federal income tax as an exempt
organization under Section 501(c) or 501(d) of the Internal Revenue Code.(P.A. 86-101, S. 1, 2 effective May 6, 1986, and applicable in any municipality to the assessment year commencing October 1, 1986, and each assessment year
Treasurer or other Chief Financial
Officer of the Corporation
Justice of the Peace, Notary, Assessor, Town Clerk, Comm-Superior Court
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