Seniors who own property in Cook County have until March 22 to apply for their annual property tax exemptions. Unlike the homeowners’ exemption, seniors must apply each year.  The senior property tax exemption automatically qualifies a property owner for the homeowners’ exemption.

Cook County Assessor Berrios announced that applications are down this year, and an extension may allow more more homeowners to participate.  http://www.annerossleyrealestate.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

The Senior Citizen Exemption provides tax relief by reducing the equalized assessed valuation of an eligible residence. To qualify for the Senior Citizen Exemption for the taxable year 2010, the property owner must have:

  • Been born prior to or in the year 1945,
  • owned the property, or have a lease or contract which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes, and
  • Used the property as a principal place of residence.
  • The Senior Citizen Exemption application does not need to be notarized.

Seniors who are on limited incomes may also qualify for a property tax freeze.  To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for the taxable year 2010 taxpayers must have:

  • Been born prior to or in the year 1945,
  • A total household income of $55,000 or less for income tax year 2009,
  • Owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1, 2009 and January 1, 2010,
  • Used the property as a principal place of residence as of January 1, 2009 and January 1, 2010, and
  • Been liable for the payment of 2009 and 2010 property taxes.

The Senior Freeze Exemption must be notarized.

Download your forms here:

Homeowners and Seniors Exemption Form

Senior Freeze Exemption Form

If you should have received an exemption in the past, you can file a certificate of error.  Download this form and send it in to the Assessor’s Office.

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