Deadline now Feb. 15 for property tax senior exemptions

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has extended the deadline to Friday, Feb. 15, for the Senior Citizen and Senior Freeze Exemption applications for Tax Year 2018. 

The original deadline date was Feb. 6. 


“With the recent frigid temperatures, our office was concerned that some seniors would not get their applications returned on time,”Kaegi explained. “We have extended the application deadline to ensure that as many eligible seniors as possible receive these important, money-saving deductions on their bills.” 


Over 300,000 applications were mailed in January to seniors who received the exemptions last year. The Senior Exemption application is part of a booklet mailed to eligible seniors. The booklet also contains the separate, income-based Senior Freeze Exemption application. 


Any exemptions filed for the 2018 tax year will appear on the second installment bill which will be mailed in July 2019.


Under Illinois law, seniors must reapply annually for both the Senior and Senior Freeze Exemptions in order to continue to receive the deductions.


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.

Eligible seniors who have never applied for the Senior and/or Senior Freeze Exemptions in the past may visit the assessor's website at and download an application or contact the Assessor's Office at 312-443-7550 for more information.

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