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Definitions of the Different Exemptions



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http://www.willcountysoa.com/forms.aspx


GENERAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION                    
This exemption is a $6000 reduction off of your equalized assessed value. To qualify you must:

Live on the property, as your primary residence, on or before January 1 of that tax year; and
Own the property. This exemption comes automatically every year. If you are buying under contract or your property is in Trust, you should contact our office to make sure you can receive this exemption.

GENERAL SENIOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION (PTAX-324)                    http://www.willcountysoa.com/forms.aspx
This exemption is a $5000 reduction off of your equalized assessed value in addition to the General Homestead. To qualify you must:

Live on the property, as your primary residence on or before January 1 of that tax year.
Have reached age 65 during the tax year.
Apply at the Township Assessor’s office. Please bring proof of age (drivers license, Illinois I.D, or birth certificate).
This exemption needs to be filed for only once; it will continue until ownership or addresses change.
This exemption can not be used in more than one state.

SENIOR CITIZEN ASSESSMENT FREEZE                   http://www.willcountysoa.com/forms.aspx
This exemption freezes the assessment on your property, but does not freeze the tax rate.
To qualify you must:

Live in the property, as your primary residence for one calendar year from January 1-January 1.
Be 65 years of age or older the year you apply.
Have a maximum household income of $55,000. This household income includes that of all persons using the property as their principal dwelling place on January 1 of the tax year.
Applications are available in the Assessor’s office generally at the end of May. If you qualified during the prior year, you will be sent a form automatically from the county.
This exemption must be filed every year to be continuous. The deadline is July 1.
Our office will help you file for this exemption; you must bring in your income tax papers and Social Security form 1099 in order for it to be filed properly.

SENIOR REAL ESTATE TAX DEFERRAL                                 http://www.willcountysoa.com/forms.aspx
This exemption can be filed at the Will County Treasurers Office. Basically, you must be over 65 years old, and there is an income requirement. The annual filing period is between January 1 & March 1. This exemption defers your taxes. Eventually, payment comes out of your estate. If you’re interested in this exemption contact the Treasurers Office with any questions. (815) 740-4691.

SENIOR CITIZEN CIRCUIT BREAKER  - Now called BEAM (an Illinois Benefit Access Program)     http://www.willcountysoa.com/forms.aspx
This State program provides help to low-income senior citizens.   Application is only online.  It covers assistance with senior free transit rides and Secretary of State license plate discounts.  If you like more information or assistance, call 630-759-3411, which is through the Township Levy Center.or call the Benefits Access Senior Help Line at 1-800-252-8966 or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY) They will require your Social Security Number when you call the Help Line.  

To qualify your Annual Income must be less than $27,610 for a one person household; $36,635 or less for two person household; or $45,657 or less for three person household. 

DISABLED PERSONS' HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION (PTAX-343)  In accordance with (35 ILCS 200/15-168)   

http://www.willcountysoa.com/forms.aspx
An annual $2,000 reduction in the EAV of the property. The property must have been occupied on January 1 of the assessment year by a disabled person who is liable for the payment of property taxes.

Qualify if disabled or become disabled during the assessment year.

Disabled person cannot participate in any "substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment" which will result in the person's death or that will last for at least 12 continuous months. 

DISABLED VETERANS'                      http://www.willcountysoa.com/forms.aspx

This exemption is established by contacting the Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Property up to an assessed value of $70,000, owned and used exclusively by a disabled veteran, or the spouse or unmarried surviving spouse of the veteran, as a home, is exempt.  As used in this Section, a disabled veteran means a person who has served in the Armed Forces of the United States and whose disability is of such a nature that the Federal Government has authorized payment for purchase or construction of Specially Adapted Housing as set forth in the United States Code, Title 38, Chapter 21, Section 2101.

This exemption must be reestablished on an annual basis by certification from the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs to the Department, which shall forward a copy of the certification to local assessing officials. (Source: P.A. 01-401, eff. 1-1-00.)

 DISABLED VETERANS' STANDARD HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION (PTAX 342)     http://www.willcountysoa.com/forms.aspx

Provides an annual reduction in the equalized assessed value  (EAV) of the primary residence occupied by a disabled veteran on January 1st of the assessment year.  A Veteran with 70%-100% service connected disability will receive an annual decrease in their assessed value to Zero (0), when the EAV is $250,000 or less.   A veteran with 50% - 60% service connected disability will receive an annual $5,000 reduction in EAV.  A veteran with 30% -40% service connected disability will receive  an annual $2,500 reduction in EAV. 

To qualify you must be an Illinois resident who has served as a member of U.S. Armed Forces on active duty or state active duty, Illinois National Guard or U.S Reserve Forces, and not dishonorably discharged.  Have a least 30% service connected disability certified by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, own and occupy the property as the primary residence as of January 1st of the assessment year.  To file for Disabled Veterans' Homestead Exemption you will need a disability certification letter from the U.S. Dept. oF Veteran's affairs for the current assessment year. 

VETERANS ORGANIZATION ASSESSMENT FREEZE (PTAX-763)     http://www.willcountysoa.com/forms.aspx

For the Taxtable year 2000 and thereafter, the assessed value of real property owned and used by a veterans' organization chartered under federal law, on which is located the principal building for the post, camp, or chapter, must be frozen by the chief county assessment officer at (i) 15% of the assessed value of the property for the taxable year that the property first qualifies for the assessment freeze after taxable year 2000. 

The veterans organization must annually submit an application to the chief county assessment officer on or before December 31 of the assessment year in counties with a population of less than 3,000,000.

This Section shall not apply to parcels exempt under Section 15-145 (Source: P.A. 91-635, eff. 8-20-99.)

RETURNING VETERANS' STANDARD HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION (PTAX-341)     http://www.willcountysoa.com/forms.aspx

A two year exemption of 5,000 in EAV of the veteran's principal residence for the taxable year and following year that the veteran returns from active duty in an armed conflict involving the United States.  This means the exemption is for two years, but the you only have to apply once for this exemption.  The veteran files form PTAX-341 when they return home to receive the exemption.

HOMESTEAD IMPROVEMENT EXEMPTION  
This exemption defers for four years any increase in the assessed value of your property due to an addition or other improvements to your home for which the Township Assessor would add value.
A maximum of $25,000 of assessed value may be deferred under this program. To see if you’re entitled to this exemption, please call our office. We will be happy to check into the improvement that you have made.

 

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