Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois law (Public Act 101-0635), certain property exemptions applied for in taxable year 2019 will be automatically renewed for the taxable year 2020. 

What You Need to Know about Your Exemptions!

Which exemptions will auto-renew for 2020? 

The homeowner and senior exemptions currently auto-renew each year. 

Which exemptions will auto-renew for the year 2020 only?

The Senior Freeze will auto-renew, for 2020 only, if the owner of record is the same on January 1st, 2020 as it was on January 1st, 2019 and have a total household annual income of $65,000 or less in calendar year 2019.    

The persons with Disabilities Exemption will auto-renew, for 2020 only, if the owner of record is the same on January 1st, 2020. 

The Veterans with Disabilities Exemption will auto-renew, for 2020 only, if the owner of record is the same on January 1st, 2020.  If a veteran’s disability percentage has changed, he or she will need to submit an application with the updated award letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans of Affairs.

I turned 65 in the 2020 year; how do I apply for my Senior Exemption?

If you are the owner of record on January 1st, 2020 and born in 1955 or earlier, you may apply for the Senior Exemption.  The 2020 applications may be available the mid-part of February.   Call the Maine Township Office and we will assist you in getting signed up to receive the exemption on your Second Installment Property tax bill. 

I turned 65 in the 2020 year; how do I apply for the Senior Freeze?

This is an additional deduction for seniors that have a total household income qualification of $65,000 or less from their 2019 Federal Income Tax.  Additionally, the senior must me be the owner of record on January 1st, 2020 and January 1st, 2019.  The 2020 applications may be available the mid-part of February.   Call the Maine Township Office and we will assist you in getting signed up to receive the exemption on your Second Installment Property tax bill. 

What You Need to Know about Your 2020 Property Tax Bill!

The First Installment Property Tax Bill can be viewed on the Cook County Treasurer’s Website (www.cookcountytreasurer.com.)  This bill is due March 2, 2021, however due to the pandemic, fees for late charges have been waived through May 3, 2021.  This is the same for the Second Installment of 2020 taxes which is due August 2, 2021 but late charges have been waived through October 1, 2021.  The Treasurer’s office will accept partial payments for the First Installment Tax Year 2020 but any outstanding balances after May 3, 2021 will incur a late charge of 1.5 percent per month mandated by Illinois law.