Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Exemption
Qualified senior citizens can apply for a freeze of the assessed value of their property. Over time, in many areas, this program results in taxes changing minimally and often decreasing as surrounding properties continue to rise in assessed value. This is the most valuable Homeowner Exemption program. The value increases over the years as it eliminates the impact of regular re-assessment increases that may occur every three years.
For the 2012 tax year (payable in 2013), the applicant must have owned and occupied the home on January 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012 and have been responsible for the 2011 and 2012 taxes. Any exemption that is granted will be reflected on the Second Installment tax bill.
This program is administered by the Cook County Assessor's Office and requires an annual application (due to income requirements that must be met each year) to:
Cook County Assessor's Office
118 North Clark Street, Room 320
Chicago, IL 60602
You may find more information on these and other exemption programs at www.cookcountyassessor.com