Senior Exemption Application Deadline Extended
If you have not applied for your Cook County Senior Property Tax Exemption or Property Tax Freeze Application, there is still time.
The deadline for senior homeowners in Cook County to apply for the senior property tax exemption and senior property tax freeze has been extended to Friday, March 2.
Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios has extended the deadline past the original deadline, previously Friday, March 2.
If you know someone who may be eligible, please let them know. Thousands of eligible homeowners have not renewed their exemptions.
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According to Assessor Joseph Berrios:
“I extended the deadline so all seniors have extra time to return their applications to ensure they receive the expanded exemption savings this year.
It is also important to remember that under Illinois law, seniors are required to reapply annually for both the Senior and Senior Freeze Exemptions.”
Many qualifying seniors have not renewed
The assessor’s office said over 270,000 applications were mailed in early January to seniors who received the exemption last year.
Approximately 80,000 seniors who received that notice have not yet renewed their exemptions.
Senior Property Tax Freeze Exemption Qualifications
To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for Tax Year 2017, taxpayers 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 a principal place of residence as of January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017, and
- been responsible for the payment of 2016 and 2017 property taxes.
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