Senior Freeze Exemption

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Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios’ Office has mailed Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2017. Legislation crafted by Berrios will result in additional savings for these exemptions that will appear as deductions on Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this coming summer.

Nearly 300,000 applications were mailed to seniors who received the exemptions last year. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 7th and state law requires annual renewal in order to continue to receive exemption savings.

The Senior Exemption application is part of a booklet sent to eligible seniors. The booklet also contains the separate, income-based Senior Freeze Exemption application.

Who qualifies for a Senior Freeze Exemption?

To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for Tax Year 2017, a taxpayer must have:

  • been born prior to or in the year 1952
  • a total household income of $65,000 or less for [income] Tax Year 2016
  • owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017
  • used the property as his or her principal place of residence as of January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017
  • been liable for payment of 2016 and 2017 property taxes

When do I apply for a Senior Freeze Exemption?

Those who are currently receiving the Senior Citizen Exemption will automatically receive an application form for the Senior Freeze Exemption.

You must file each year in order to continue to receive the Senior Freeze Exemption and the requirements must be met each year.

Are there other options available to seniors?

  • Senior Citizen Real Estate
  • Tax Deferral Program
  • Cook County Treasurer's Office 312/443-5100
  • Circuit Breaker Program
  • Illinois Department of Revenue 800/624-2459

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