Income Tax Credit for Property Taxes Paid (Circuit Breaker)





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

Benefit Varies with Income

Benefit Type

Circuit Breaker


Taxpayers receive a non-refundable income tax credit for all or a portion of their property taxes for their primary residence or motor vehicles. The amount of the credit is determined by income and marital status, with a maximum credit of $200. The credit is reduced by 15% for every $10,000 or a fraction thereof in adjusted gross income above $49,500 for unmarried individuals; $35,200 for married filing separately; $54,500 for heads of household; and $70,500 for married households.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Credit to the income tax bill

Eligible Property Type



Characteristics of Eligible Property

This credit applies to property taxes paid on a primary residence or motor vehicle.

Eligibility Criteria



Income Ceiling

Principal Residence

Other Criteria

Description of Eligibility Criteria

To qualify, taxpayers must have paid property taxes on their primary residence or motor vehicle. In addition, the claimant or spouse must be at least 65 years old or have claimed a dependent on their federal income tax. The amount of the credit, up to a maximum of $200, is determined by income and marital status. The maximum income is $109,500 for a single filer; $65,250 for a married filing separately; $114,500 for head of household and $130,500 for filing jointly.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

No local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

State reimburses all of the local government tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

The state issues a credit directly to the taxpayer.

Record ID



For the tax years 2019 and 2020, this property tax credit shall be allowed only for a Connecticut resident who is 65 years of age or older before the close of the applicable taxable year, or who claims one or more dependents for the federal income tax for the applicable taxable year. "Income" is income from all sources including but not limited to wages, pensions and disability benefits. Social security benefit adjustments, military retirement benefits, sale of local and state bonds among others are not counted as income.


Conn. Gen. Stat. § 12-704c (in effect for 2020)
Connecticut Department of Revenue form CT-1040: Individual Income Tax Return Tax year 2019 for benefits in 2020
[ accessed 11/05/2021]
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Connecticut Department of Revenue form CT-1040: Individual Income Tax Information Booklet Tax year 2019 for benefits in 2020
[ Accessed 10/05/2020]
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