Property Tax Senior Exemption/ Senior Freeze Application

Posted: 1/19/2017

The Cook County Assessor's Office has mailed out Property Tax Senior Exemption/ Senior Freeze Application Information Packets.

Under Illinois law, seniors must reapply annually for both the Senior and Senior Freeze Exemptions in order to continue to receive the deductions on their Second Installment tax bill.

Applications were mailed to seniors who received the exemptions last year. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 8th and it is imperative that seniors return their application to the Assessor's Office in order to receive their exemption.

Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016 will appear as deductions on the 2017 Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this summer.

To qualify for the Senior Citizen Exemption for Tax Year 2016, the property owner must have:
* been born prior to or in the year 1951
* owned the property during 2016 or have a lease or contract for 2016 which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes
* used the property as a principal place of residence in 2016

To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for Tax Year 2016, taxpayers must have:
* been born prior to or in the year 1951
* a total household income of $55,000 or less for [income] Tax Year 2015
* owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1,2015 and January 1, 2016
* used the property as a principal place of residence as of January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016
* been liable for the payment of 2015 and 2016 property taxes

Eligible seniors who have never applied for the Senior and/or Senior Freeze Exemptions in the past should visit the Assessor's web site at www.cookcountyassessor.com and download an application or contact the Assessor's Office at 312-443-7550 and request a form be mailed to them.

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