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Last Day To Apply For Property Tax Exemptions Is Aug. 26

Thursday, August 18, 2022 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

The last day for homeowners to apply for property tax exemptions is Aug. 26, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi recently announced.

“My goal is to ensure that homeowners receive all the money-saving exemptions to which they are entitled,” Assessor Kaegi said. “Homeowners can visit our website to apply online for exemptions they may be eligible to receive or check the status of their auto-renewed exemptions for this year.”

Kaegi’s office said they sent notices in April to “hundreds of thousands of households” notifying them that the Illinois legislature has allowed for the automatic renewal of many exemptions, so most property owners don’t need to reapply.

“State law requires an audit of auto-renewed exemptions. Any households selected for audit were mailed forms that allow them to re-verify their exemptions online or by mail,” Kaegi’s office said. “The following exemptions will automatically renew for homeowners who received them last year (tax year 2020) and remained eligible this year (tax year 2021).”

  • Homeowner Exemption (annual auto-renewal)
  • Senior Exemption (annual auto-renewal)
  • Senior Freeze Exemption (2021 auto-renewal)
  • Persons with Disabilities Exemption (2021 auto-renewal)
  • Veterans with Disabilities Exemption (2021 auto-renewal

The office said the Longtime and Returning Veterans Exemptions will not auto-renew this year.

Kaegi is hosting a virtual workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 23, to explain the recent changes and improvements to the exemption application process. Assessor’s office personnel will explain how homeowners can check which exemptions are already applied to their property and how to apply online if needed.

“We continue to expand our outreach efforts so that we can reach homeowners across the county, making them aware of everything they need to know with regards to their exemptions and assessments,” Assessor Kaegi said.

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