COVID-related automatic exemption renewals have ended
Information provided by the Cook County Assessor’s Office
CHICAGO, Ill. (April 18, 2023) – Exemption applications for the 2022 tax year are now available online. Exemptions are savings that contribute to lowering a homeowner’s property tax bill. The most common is the Homeowner Exemption, saving a property owner an average of $950 dollars each year. As a reminder, exemptions are reflected on the second installment property tax bill. See the full list of exemptions here.
Applying for exemptions
Here are three key things that homeowners should be aware of when applying for exemptions:
- New homeowners, first-time applicants, or those that need to reapply can now do so online by visiting www.cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions. Homeowners are strongly encouraged to apply online so there is a digital record of their application. Applying online also allows Assessor staff to easily locate the application, provide a status update, and notify if missing documents are needed.
- The automatic renewals related to COVID-19 have ended. Homeowners need to resume annual filings for the Low-Income Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze “Senior Freeze” and Veterans with Disabilities Exemptions. Seniors and Veterans that need to reapply will be mailed application booklets in the mail.
- The automatic renewal of the Homeowner, Senior, and Persons with Disabilities Exemptions will continue, and postcards will be mailed to households confirming that no action is needed.
Check your exemption status
If homeowners are unsure of their existing exemptions, they can check by reviewing their “Property Details” and review the Exemption History & Status section.
Multi-language applications available
Exemption forms are available in English, Spanish, Polish, and simplified Chinese languages. Applications can be downloaded at www.cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions.
For a list of upcoming in-person and virtual outreach events, including guidance on property tax exemptions, visit www.cookcountyassessor.com/event-list.