Applications for Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program Due March 1, 2019

With prescription prices and utility bills rising faster than Social Security benefits, a tax-relief program can help senior citizens who are hard-pressed to pay their property taxes. Seniors whose annual household income is $55,000 or less can apply to the Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program for loans to cover property tax payments.

The State of Illinois issues the loans, which do not have to be repaid until the property is sold or the homeowner dies. An interest rate of 6 percent per year is charged by the state. The maximum loan is $5,000 per year. To qualify, homeowners must be at least 65 years old by June 1 of the year in which the application is made.

To apply:

• Download the application form

• Submit the completed application and copies of the required documents to the Treasurer’s Office

• The deadline is March 1, 2019. Applications after that date cannot be accepted

• Homeowners must reapply every year