The 2021 Tax Year Exemption Applications Are Due Friday, August 26, 2022 (Cook County, IL) — Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi announced exemptions that contribute to lowering a homeowner’s property tax bill. Many exemptions automatically renew this year due to COVID-19. Homeowners can check the Cook County Portal website, then review the Exemption History and Status section to determine which exemptions they received last year and whether they will auto-renew this year. New homeowners and those that need to reapply can do so by completing the online application.
“Bringing tax relief to residents is a top priority of mine, and I applaud the efforts of Assessor Kaegi to get homeowners the exemptions they are entitled to,” said Cook County Commissioner Frank J. Aguilar. “We must make these services accessible, conducting robust outreach with stakeholders to ensure everyone who is eligible for these exemptions are not only aware of the potential savings, but know where and how to apply. These initiatives allow for our schools to be funded, our streets to be repaired, and much more, without being punitive or creating burdensome tax payments for our residents.”
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)
Please Note: Longtime and Returning Veteran Exemptions will not auto-renew this year.
“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 on their auto-renewed exemptions for this year.”
Every year the Assessor’s Office sends mail to households regarding property tax exemptions. Most recently, booklets were sent to 100,000 households that need to either reapply for exemptions or may be eligible to receive savings. The most common is the Homeowner Exemption, which saves Cook County property owners an average of $973 each year.
The 2021 Tax Year Exemption Applications Are Due Friday, August 26, 2022