Senior Citizen Exemptions
In 2016, new and old Senior Exemptions will once again be offered by the State of Illinois to all homeowners 65 and over. If you are new, in addition to the Owner Occupied Exemption, which reduces the assessment by $6000, there are two other exemptions: a.) the Senior Homestead Exemption ($4000); and b.)the Senior Homestead Freeze Limit (reduction varies by age and length of time in program). To qualify for the senior Homestead Exemption, you must produce two items to the assessor: 1. a photo id (a driver's license will work) or a birth certificate, and 2. a copy of the deed where you reside containing your name in the title. Often, folks feel that their income is too high to qualify, but there are no income requirements to qualify. If you have received this exemption in the past, the forms will be sent to the most current address the county has on file.
The Senior Homestead Freeze Limit Exemption does have some additional qualifying criteria:
1. you must live in the home for a minimum of two years to qualify
Example #1: Applicant buys home June 1, 2015 and they turn 65 in 2016 they will qualify for the first time for the freeze exemption in 2017. (They will have lived in the home January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017.) They will not qualify for the freeze exemption in 2016 because they did not live there on January 1, 2015.
Example #2: Applicant buys home December 1, 2014 and they turn 65 in 2016 they will qualify for the first time for the freeze exemption in 2016. (They have lived in the home January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2015.)
2. the household income cannot exceed $55,000. If the household income ranges between $45,000 and $55,000 (or any losses are claimed), the applicant must provide a copy of their 2016 federal income tax form to verify the income. All assessors must also furnish a copy of their income tax form to qualify for the freeze exemption.
Once again, if you have qualified for either of these exemptions in the past, the forms will be mailed to the last address that the County has on file in February 2016. The current application for this exemption is located under the tab- Information Center on this website.
Also, if you were born anytime during 1951 or before, and you need help with the forms or wish to sign up for the first time, watch this site for upcoming dates to receive this help at the Rutland Township Hall, 2835 E. 24th Road, Marseilles, IL. You may also contact the Township by phone at 815-795-2925. (Home visits can also be arranged for those having difficulty getting out of the home.)