Senior citizen exemption forms were recently mailed to constituents that have filed previously for the Senior Citizen Exemption. This application form also includes a section where residents can sign up for the Senior Freeze if they meet the income guidelines.

To qualify for the Senior Exemption for the taxable year 2011, the property owner must have:

  • Been born prior to or in the year 1946,
  • Owned the property, or have a lease or contract which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes, and
  • Used the property as a principal place of residence.

To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for the taxable year 2011 taxpayers must have:

  • Been born prior to or in the year 1946,
  • A total household income of $55,000 or less for income tax year 2010,
  •  Owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2011,
  • Used the property as a principal place of residence as of January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2011, and
  • Been liable for the payment of 2010 and 2011 property taxes.

All Senior Freeze Exemption applications must be notarized.

Seniors receiving the Senior Citizen Exemption automatically receive the Homeowner Exemption. Seniors receiving the Senior Freeze Exemption automatically receive both the Homeowner and Senior Citizen Exemptions.  The deadline date for applying for the Senior Exemptions is March 28th.

See the following site to download the application:

www.cookcountyassessor.com