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Cook County Assessor
This site provides information about the Cook County Assessor's Office, which is responsible for assessing all properties in Cook County. You can use this site to look up the assessment and characteristics of your property as well as the other 1.8 million parcels of property in the county. This information can be used for appealing your properties assessed value online. It also contains information regarding property tax exemptions qualifications.
Automatic renewal due to Covid-19 has ended for the Senior Freeze and Veterans Exemptions. Be on the lookout for postcards regarding your exemption status from the Cook County Assessor. The automatic renewal for the Senior Freeze and Veterans Exemptions has ended.
The Cook County Assessor has rolled out of all property exemption application forms. They are available on line. Sign Up to Stay in Touch (constantcontact.com)
Some Property Tax Exemptions will Automatically Renew
The automatic renewal is for the Homeowner and Senior Exemptions and will continue to auto-renew every year.
To verify which exemptions were received last year, homeowners can visit the Cook County Property Tax Portal at cookcountypropertyinfo.com, enter their PIN and look under the exemption tab.
For those first time applicants, the 2022 tax year exemption filing period will begin in late Spring 2023. Homeowners are encouraged to file online. Our office can help you file. To learn more about property tax exemptions and eligibility, visit cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions.
Homeowner's and regular Senior Exemptions once applied for, automatically renew unless there are changes to the deed. Homeowners who purchased their homes in 2021 and homeowners who turned 65 in 2022 should be able to file for their Homeowner and Senior Exemptions late Spring 2023. If you need help filing for an exemption please contact our office.
Seniors who qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption must apply every year. There will be some circumstances when a property's exemptions will not automatically renew; when a property has been sold, if the property owner owns multiple properties, changes in the deed, or if the property is held in trust.
SENIOR FREEZE EXEMPTION
Senior Citizen Freeze Exemption requirements and applications must be filed every year.
Property must have been owner occupied and used as the principal residence January 1st - December 31st.
The total household income must be less than $65,000 and is based on one's tax return 2 years previous to the year they are filing for. This includes all Social Security income received including Medicare benefits.
Household Income is calculated from the Income Tax Returns or, if you do not file income tax returns, with proof of income (pensions, Social Security, interest, dividends, unemployment, etc). Total household income includes all the income for everyone that lives in the home.
Property must be owner occupied on January 1, of the year one claims the exemption.
You will need to have a State of Illinois issued ID or Driver's License issued in the previous year with your current home address.
If you do not have a State of Illinois ID or Driver's License with proper address and year, you may use a land line phone bill dated in the proper year or have an affidavit form stating knowledge of when you purchased and moved in.
SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION
All Homeowner Exemption requirements and
Age requirement is 65 in the tax year. In other words, apply in the year you turn 66 years.
Due to a change in the law in 2020, once you have applied successfully for this exemption, it will renew automatically on a yearly basis.
DISABLED PERSONS EXEMPTION
All Homeowner Exemption requirements and
Homeowner must be disabled or become disabled during the tax year.
Receive Social Security Disability. You must provide the award letter indicating the date the disability was granted for.
Have a completed PTAX-343-A form signed by your doctor to be approved by Cook County. This form is available in our office or online at CookCountyAssessor.com.
DISABLED VETERAN AND RETURNING VETERAN EXEMPTIONS
A property tax exemption for disabled veterans allows more disabled veteran's greater tax savings than was the case in prior years. Under the new law, the most severely wounded veterans will not pay any property taxes at all.
All veterans who receive the Disabled Veterans Exemption are entitled to property tax savings. A new law in 2016 allows veterans of the US Armed Forces who were severely wounded while serving their country and who are at least 70% disabled complete exemption from property taxes.
Eligibility rules and tax savings: To qualify for the Disabled Veterans Exemption, a property must be owned and occupied by a disabled veteran, and the veteran must have a disability that is connected to military service. The law requires that the service-connected disability be certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, which determines the extent of a veteran's disability.
The level of reduced property tax is dependent on the percentage of medically certified disability.