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Illinois-Cook County

Program Overview

For residents of Cook County, Illinois, taxpayers whose primary residence is a single-family home, townhouse, condominium, co-op or apartment building (up to six units) are eligible for a Homestead Exemption. Older adults can apply for a Senior Exemption that provides property tax savings by reducing the equalized assessed value of an eligible property.
Property Tax-Aide Application Season Is Closed

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Homestead Exemption

Eligibility

You may be eligible if:
  • You either own or have a lease or contract which makes you responsible for the real estate taxes of the residential property
  • You occupy the property as your principal place of residence on January 1, 2020.

Application Deadline

Applications will be available early February. Once this exemption is applied, the Assessor’s Office auto-renews it for you each year.

Required Documentation

  • Proof of Property Tax Liability
  • Proof of age and residency and occupancy in 2020

Senior Exemption

Eligibility

You may be eligible if:
  • You meet the requirements noted above for the Homestead Exemption
  • You must be 65 years of age or older during the tax year for which you are applying.
  • You either own the property or have a lease or contract which makes you responsible for the real estate taxes.
  • You occupy the property as your principal place of residence on January 1, 2020. If you have moved or plan to move in the future, you may be entitled to a prorated Senior Exemption, based on the time of occupancy.

Application Deadline

Applications will be available early February. Once this exemption is applied, the Assessor’s Office auto-renews it for you each year.

Required Documentation

  • Senior Exemption application form
  • Proof of Property Tax Liability
  • Proof of age and residency and occupancy in 2020

Where to Get Help Near You

Unfortunately none of our partner organizations are available at this time.

Please check back for openings in their schedule. You can also learn more about tax relief programs from your state’s Department of Revenue or Department of Taxation.

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