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Paper applications no longer required.
About 60,000 property owners in Cook County should use cookcountytreasurer.com to update the name or mailing address on their tax bills, another example of how the internet can make things easier for taxpayers, Treasurer Maria Pappas said today.
The online application replaces thousands of paper forms that the Treasurer’s Office processes each year, Pappas said. “We’ve already eliminated the paper application for most refunds. Now we are changing the most routine request our office receives,” she added.
To help homeowners who have mail-delivery problems, cookcountytreasurer.com shows when tax bills have been returned by the U.S. Postal Service. The Treasurer’s Office has reduced the number of properties with incorrect mailing addresses by nearly a third, to 60,082.
To see if your bills have been returned or to change the name and address on your bill, visit cookcountytreasurer.com and:
- Select the purple box labeled “Your Property Tax Overview”
- Enter your address or Property Index Number (PIN)
- Look for a red warning box that appears if your bills have been returned
- Select “Update Your Information” to change the taxpayer name or mailing address
To avoid the hassle of the mail, select “eBilling” on the website to receive your tax bill by email. Paper name/address change applications will continue to be accepted.
Each year, Residents receiving the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze on their property taxes MUST complete and submit an application for 2018 to the Cook County Assessor’s Office. The 2018 applications were mailed by the Assessor January 4, 2019. If you do not receive an application in the mail, applications are available on the Assessor’s website for both the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze.
Here is a link to the Assessor’s website: http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/Exemptions/Exemption-Forms.aspx.
If you turned 65 in 2018 you are eligible to apply for the Senior Citizen Exemption. Please complete the Senior Citizen Exemption form and provide the required documents detailed in the FAQ section (http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/Exemptions/Exemption-Forms.aspx.) To qualify for the Senior Freeze exemption, you must have a total gross income in 2017 of no more than $65,000.
All completed applications must be submitted to the Assessor’s office no later than February 6, 2019.