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CGS in our continuing efforts to serve the Colorado senior community offers referrals and consultations for individuals seeking information, advocacy and problem resolution. This can include: providing application forms for a variety of public benefits; resource lists for legal, health and home maintenance; counseling on Medicare and Medicaid as well as private insurance and long term planning; assistance with tax and claim filing; and limited grant assistance to help low income olders adults with dental work, eyeglasses and hearing aids.
An Colorado resident aged 65 and older (or active duty military personnel) may defer or postpone the payment of property taxes on a primary residence (owner-occupied only).
Colorado seniors are eligible for a property tax exemption if they are 1) at least 65 years old on January 1 of the year in which he or she qualifies; 2) the property owner of record, and must have been the owner of record for at least ten consecutive years prior to January 1; and 3) are the primary occupant for at least ten consecutive years prior to January 1.
The property need only be declared exempt once and that declaration will carry forward every year. If you meet the criteria above, you may apply using this form. However, if you are a surviving spouse of an eligible person, or if your spouse is the owner but you qualify, or if the property is owned by an estate planned trust, you must apply using the Long Form which can be found here. Applications must be submitted to your county assessor's office.
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