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Homeowners age 65 years or older should have received renewal forms for senior citizen property tax exemptions, and must file them by
  Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Local seniors are encouraged to call Cook County Commissioner 
Larry Suffredin’s office at (847) 864-1209 for help completing their exemption forms.

The recently mailed senior applications are for 2015 property taxes, which are paid in calendar year 2016. The savings from the exemptions will appear on the second installment tax bills that are anticipated to be mailed in late June of 2016 and will be due August 1, 2016.

There are two (2) senior tax exemptions:

1. The Senior Exemption, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces property taxes by about $400 to $500. It is available to any owner-occupied residential property if the owner was born in 1950 or earlier.

2. The Senior Freeze may provide some seniors with additional savings if the combined 2014 income of all members of the household was less than $55,000, and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the property since January 1, 2014. 


Seniors must renew their senior and/or senior freeze exemption application forms every year to receive these exemptions.
 
 

Information for Seniors Who Did Not Receive Mailings or First-Time Applicants
Homeowners who were born in 1950 turned age 65 in 2015, and thus are likely to be eligible for one of the senior exemptions for the first time. Taxpayers who recently turned 65 will probably not receive applications when the senior renewal forms are mailed. Such individuals are encouraged to call the Property Tax Assessment Review Office at 847-448-8168 to obtain the forms and information necessary to receive the senior exemptions. The forms are also available online at Cookcountyassessor.com

Information for the Homeowner Exemption
Homeowners who purchased a home in 2014 may be eligible to receive the Homeowner Exemption, which would reduce property taxes by about $600 to $700 if the home is their primary residence. New homeowners will only need to apply for the Homeowner Exemption once. It will be automatically applied each year thereafter. The Homeowner Exemption is also automatically applied when filing a senior tax exemption.

Law on Erroneous Exemptions Relating to Seniors
Owners of properties that erroneously receive tax exemptions can be made to repay the tax savings from any exemption for which they are not eligible. To avoid erroneous senior citizen exemptions, it is important to understand the eligibility rules for such exemptions. Although generally straightforward, the rules can be confusing when a senior moves.
  

If a senior was in residence on January 1, 2015, the property should be eligible for the 2015 senior exemptions (paid in 2016), even if the senior citizen no longer lives in the property. But, in most cases, the property will not be eligible for senior tax exemptions in subsequent years.

Residents with questions about eligibility for senior exemptions and other exemptions should call Commissioner Larry Suffredin at 847-864-1209 or Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios 312-443-7550

 

 

 
Applications Due February 3

 
Homeowners age 65 years or older should have received renewal forms for senior citizen property tax exemptions, and must file them by
  Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Local seniors are encouraged to call Cook County Commissioner 
Larry Suffredin’s office at (847) 864-1209 for help completing their exemption forms.

The recently mailed senior applications are for 2015 property taxes, which are paid in calendar year 2016. The savings from the exemptions will appear on the second installment tax bills that are anticipated to be mailed in late June of 2016 and will be due August 1, 2016.

There are two (2) senior tax exemptions:

1. The Senior Exemption, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces property taxes by about $400 to $500. It is available to any owner-occupied residential property if the owner was born in 1950 or earlier.

2. The Senior Freeze may provide some seniors with additional savings if the combined 2014 income of all members of the household was less than $55,000, and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the property since January 1, 2014. 


Seniors must renew their senior and/or senior freeze exemption application forms every year to receive these exemptions.
 

Information for Seniors Who Did Not Receive Mailings or First-Time Applicants
Homeowners who were born in 1950 turned age 65 in 2015, and thus are likely to be eligible for one of the senior exemptions for the first time. Taxpayers who recently turned 65 will probably not receive applications when the senior renewal forms are mailed. Such individuals are encouraged to call the Property Tax Assessment Review Office at 847-448-8168 to obtain the forms and information necessary to receive the senior exemptions. The forms are also available online at Cookcountyassessor.com

Information for the Homeowner Exemption
Homeowners who purchased a home in 2014 may be eligible to receive the Homeowner Exemption, which would reduce property taxes by about $600 to $700 if the home is their primary residence. New homeowners will only need to apply for the Homeowner Exemption once. It will be automatically applied each year thereafter. The Homeowner Exemption is also automatically applied when filing a senior tax exemption.

Law on Erroneous Exemptions Relating to Seniors
Owners of properties that erroneously receive tax exemptions can be made to repay the tax savings from any exemption for which they are not eligible. To avoid erroneous senior citizen exemptions, it is important to understand the eligibility rules for such exemptions. Although generally straightforward, the rules can be confusing when a senior moves. 

If a senior was in residence on January 1, 2015, the property should be eligible for the 2015 senior exemptions (paid in 2016), even if the senior citizen no longer lives in the property. But, in most cases, the property will not be eligible for senior tax exemptions in subsequent years.

Residents with questions about eligibility for senior exemptions and other exemptions should call Commissioner Larry Suffredin at 847-864-1209 or Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios 312-443-7550

 
Homeowners age 65 years or older should have received renewal forms for senior citizen property tax exemptions, and must file them by
  Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Local seniors are encouraged to call Cook County Commissioner 
Larry Suffredin’s office at (847) 864-1209 for help completing their exemption forms.

The recently mailed senior applications are for 2015 property taxes, which are paid in calendar year 2016. The savings from the exemptions will appear on the second installment tax bills that are anticipated to be mailed in late June of 2016 and will be due August 1, 2016.

There are two (2) senior tax exemptions:

1. The Senior Exemption, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces property taxes by about $400 to $500. It is available to any owner-occupied residential property if the owner was born in 1950 or earlier.

2. The Senior Freeze may provide some seniors with additional savings if the combined 2014 income of all members of the household was less than $55,000, and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the property since January 1, 2014. 


Seniors must renew their senior and/or senior freeze exemption application forms every year to receive these exemptions.
 
 

Information for Seniors Who Did Not Receive Mailings or First-Time Applicants
Homeowners who were born in 1950 turned age 65 in 2015, and thus are likely to be eligible for one of the senior exemptions for the first time. Taxpayers who recently turned 65 will probably not receive applications when the senior renewal forms are mailed. Such individuals are encouraged to call the Property Tax Assessment Review Office at 847-448-8168 to obtain the forms and information necessary to receive the senior exemptions. The forms are also available online at Cookcountyassessor.com

Information for the Homeowner Exemption
Homeowners who purchased a home in 2014 may be eligible to receive the Homeowner Exemption, which would reduce property taxes by about $600 to $700 if the home is their primary residence. New homeowners will only need to apply for the Homeowner Exemption once. It will be automatically applied each year thereafter. The Homeowner Exemption is also automatically applied when filing a senior tax exemption.

Law on Erroneous Exemptions Relating to Seniors
Owners of properties that erroneously receive tax exemptions can be made to repay the tax savings from any exemption for which they are not eligible. To avoid erroneous senior citizen exemptions, it is important to understand the eligibility rules for such exemptions. Although generally straightforward, the rules can be confusing when a senior moves.
  

If a senior was in residence on January 1, 2015, the property should be eligible for the 2015 senior exemptions (paid in 2016), even if the senior citizen no longer lives in the property. But, in most cases, the property will not be eligible for senior tax exemptions in subsequent years.

Residents with questions about eligibility for senior exemptions and other exemptions should call Commissioner Larry Suffredin at 847-864-1209 or Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios 312-443-7550

 
Homeowners age 65 years or older should have received renewal forms for senior citizen property tax exemptions, and must file them by
  Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Local seniors are encouraged to call Cook County Commissioner 
Larry Suffredin’s office at (847) 864-1209 for help completing their exemption forms.

The recently mailed senior applications are for 2015 property taxes, which are paid in calendar year 2016. The savings from the exemptions will appear on the second installment tax bills that are anticipated to be mailed in late June of 2016 and will be due August 1, 2016.

There are two (2) senior tax exemptions:

1. The Senior Exemption, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces property taxes by about $400 to $500. It is available to any owner-occupied residential property if the owner was born in 1950 or earlier.

2. The Senior Freeze may provide some seniors with additional savings if the combined 2014 income of all members of the household was less than $55,000, and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the property since January 1, 2014. 


Seniors must renew their senior and/or senior freeze exemption application forms every year to receive these exemptions.
 
 

Information for Seniors Who Did Not Receive Mailings or First-Time Applicants
Homeowners who were born in 1950 turned age 65 in 2015, and thus are likely to be eligible for one of the senior exemptions for the first time. Taxpayers who recently turned 65 will probably not receive applications when the senior renewal forms are mailed. Such individuals are encouraged to call the Property Tax Assessment Review Office at 847-448-8168 to obtain the forms and information necessary to receive the senior exemptions. The forms are also available online at Cookcountyassessor.com

Information for the Homeowner Exemption
Homeowners who purchased a home in 2014 may be eligible to receive the Homeowner Exemption, which would reduce property taxes by about $600 to $700 if the home is their primary residence. New homeowners will only need to apply for the Homeowner Exemption once. It will be automatically applied each year thereafter. The Homeowner Exemption is also automatically applied when filing a senior tax exemption.

Law on Erroneous Exemptions Relating to Seniors
Owners of properties that erroneously receive tax exemptions can be made to repay the tax savings from any exemption for which they are not eligible. To avoid erroneous senior citizen exemptions, it is important to understand the eligibility rules for such exemptions. Although generally straightforward, the rules can be confusing when a senior moves.
  

If a senior was in residence on January 1, 2015, the property should be eligible for the 2015 senior exemptions (paid in 2016), even if the senior citizen no longer lives in the property. But, in most cases, the property will not be eligible for senior tax exemptions in subsequent years.

Residents with questions about eligibility for senior exemptions and other exemptions should call Commissioner Larry Suffredin at 847-864-1209 or Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios 312-443-7550