Apply for Senior Property Tax Exemptions by Feb. 15
UPDATE February 5, 2018 - Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi announced today that his office has extended the deadline for the Senior Citizen and Senior Freeze Exemption applications for Tax Year 2018. The original deadline date was February 6 and the deadline has been extended to Friday, February 15, 2019.
Evanston residents 65 years or older should apply for senior citizen property tax exemptions by
Wednesday, February 6 Friday, February 15.
Renewal forms were mailed and should have been received in early January. Local seniors are encouraged to call the Property Tax Assessment Review Office at 847-448-8168 for help with the forms.
Eligibility for Senior Citizen Exemptions
There are two senior tax exemptions:
- The Senior Exemption, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces property taxes by about $700. It is available for any owner-occupied residential property if the owner was born in 1953 or earlier.
- The Senior Freeze provides seniors with additional savings if the combined income of all members of the household is less than $65,000, and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the property since January 1, 2017.
The recently mailed senior applications are for 2018 property taxes, which are paid in calendar year 2019. The savings from the exemptions will appear on second installment tax bills that will likely be mailed in late June of 2019.
Maximum Income for Senior Freeze Higher than in Previous Years
Between 2009 and 2017, seniors with annual household income of $55,000 or less qualified for the Senior Freeze. Last year, the maximum income rose to $65,000, and it remains at that level this year. Seniors whose income was previously too high for the Senior Freeze are advised to check to see if they now qualify.
New Senior Citizens
Homeowners who were born in 1953 turned 65 in 2018, and thus are likely to be eligible for the senior exemptions for the first time. Taxpayers who recently turned 65 will probably not receive senior renewal forms in the mail and are encouraged to call the Property Tax Assessment Review Office at 847-448-8168 for information about the senior exemptions. Information is also available on the Cook County Assessor's web site at cookcountyassessor.com.
Homes Formerly Occupied by Senior Citizens
If a senior was living at a property on January 1, 2018, the property should be eligible for the 2018 senior exemptions (paid in 2019), even if the senior citizen ceased living at the property later in 2018. But special application forms have to be completed for properties eligible for the senior exemption under such circumstances. Owners of homes previously occupied by senior citizens should call the Property Tax Assessment Review Office at 847-448-8168 for further information.
Seniors with additional questions can call the Property Tax Assessment Review Office at 847-448-8168.