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Cook County Assessor Berrios Mails Exemption                Applications to Seniors

New Law Requires Seniors to Reapply Annually for Senior Citizen Exemption

CHICAGO – Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios was joined by city and county officials on Monday to announce a massive mailing targeted at Senior Citizen homeowners who must now re-apply to receive an annual reduction in their property taxes.

“It’s critical in the coming days that seniors watch for the Senior Citizen Exemption application in the mail,” Assessor Berrios said. “They will owe more on their property tax bills if they fail to fill out this very important application. I don’t want anyone to miss out on their right to save money.”

A new Illinois law requires that seniors re-apply for the Senior Citizen Exemption. On Monday, the Assessor’s office mailed out nearly 300,000 applications containing both the Senior Citizen and Senior Freeze Exemptions to taxpayers who received a senior exemption last year.

“My top priority during this legislative session will be getting this unfair law overturned,” Assessor Berrios said. “I don’t want seniors to run the risk of forgetting to fill out the application and seeing a tremendous increase on their second-installment tax bills.”

Berrios did stress however that seniors must reapply for the Senior Citizen Exemption this year in order to receive the exemption savings on their tax bills.  He also said that his office would be hosting numerous senior outreach meetings to make seniors aware of the new annual application requirement.

The Senior Citizen Exemption provides tax relief by reducing the equalized assessed valuation of an eligible residence. This savings is in the form of a deduction on the second-installment property tax bill. Seniors receiving the Senior Citizen Exemption automatically qualify for the Homeowner Exemption, and do not have to apply for it separately.

Seniors who do not receive applications in the mail but believe they are entitled to the exemption, may download a form by visiting www.cookcountyassessor.com. They can also call (312) 443-7550.

To reach as many people as possible, the Assessor’s office is being assisted in senior outreach by the City of Chicago. The City will have the applications available at its six senior regional centers throughout the city.

“Seniors have worked hard all their lives and should receive all the tax relief they deserve.  Senior property owners in Chicago should call 3-1-1 to make sure they are receiving all their exemptions and receive assistance if they do not have all their exemptions," Mayor Richard M. Daley said.

Many elected officials joined the Assessor Monday to voice their concerns about the new annual application requirement.

“It is important for seniors to re-apply for their exemptions so that they do not miss out in the savings that are due to them.  It is unfortunate that it is necessary to send these notices to our senior citizens each year, and I look forward to the General Assembly passing legislation that will make this process less confusing and more convenient,” Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth Gorman said.

To qualify for the Senior Citizen Exemption for the taxable year 2010, the property owner must have:

n  Been born prior to or in the year 1945,

n  Owned the property, or have a lease or contract which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes, and

n  Used the property as a principal place of residence.

In addition to the Senior Citizen Exemption, seniors on limited incomes may also qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption.  This exemption freezes the equalized assessed value of their property. 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.

Annual application is also required for the Senior Freeze Exemption.

Eligible seniors who have never applied for the senior exemptions in the past may visit the Assessor’s Web site and download an application or contact the Assessor’s Office and request a form be mailed to them.

“We will continue our public outreach efforts in order to reach as many seniors as possible,” Assessor Berrios said. “We want to do everything to ensure that Cook County seniors continue to receive all the money-saving exemptions to which they are rightfully entitled.”



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05/20/2013Exemption Fraud Legislation Developed by Assessor Berrios Passess the Illinois Senate
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12/21/2012Assessor Berrios announces receipt of $5.5 million PILOT payment from CHA
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08/15/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Jefferson Township Taxpayers
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06/25/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Hyde Park Township Taxpayers
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05/18/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lake Township Taxpayers
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04/11/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Lakeview Township Taxpayers
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03/08/2012Reassessment Notices Mailed to Rogers Park Township Taxpayers
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10/29/2010Reassessment Notices for Wheeling Township Mailed
10/06/2010Reassessment Notices for New Trier Township Mailed
09/21/2010Reassessment Notices for Elk Grove Township Mailed
08/19/2010Reassessment Notices for Maine Township Mailed
07/26/2010Reassessment Notices for Niles Township Mailed
07/15/2010Reassessment Notices for Evanston Township Mailed
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06/29/2010Reassessment Notices for Norwood Park Township Mailed
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01/27/2010Reassessment Notices for North Township Mailed
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01/14/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Worth Township Taxpayers
01/08/2010Assessment Notices Mailed to Northfield Township Taxpayers
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12/23/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to New Trier Township Taxpayers
12/17/2009Reassessment Notices for South Township Mailed
12/15/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Lyons Township Taxpayers
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11/25/2009Reassessment Notices for West Township Mailed
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10/23/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Stickney Township Taxpayers
10/19/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Leyden Township Taxpayers
10/09/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Rich Township Taxpayers
10/02/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Elk Grove Township Taxpayers
09/25/2009Reassessment Notices for Hyde Park Township Mailed
09/24/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Maine Township Taxpayers
09/17/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Niles Township Taxpayers
09/04/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Barrington Township Taxpayers
09/01/2009Reassessment Notices for Jefferson Township Mailed
08/17/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Calumet Township Taxpayers
08/11/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Bremen Township Taxpayers
07/31/2009Reassessment Notices for Lakeview Township Mailed
07/29/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Palos Township Taxpayers
07/23/2009Reassessment Notices for Berwyn Township Mailed
07/10/2009Reassessment Notices for EvanstonTownship Mailed
07/02/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Oak Park Township Taxpayers
06/30/2009Reassessment Notices for Rogers Park Township Mailed
06/18/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Cicero Township Taxpayers
06/15/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Norwood Park Township Taxpayers
06/01/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to Riverside Township Taxpayers
05/18/2009Assessment Notices Mailed to River Forest Township Taxpayers