Senior exemption: MIA on Cook tax bills next week

For years and years, the Cook County senior exemption for real estate taxes, which reduces the tax bill of those over 65 years old by about $250, did not  require an annual application.

Now it does.

Surprise, it’s all messed up because no one realizes that they have to file the application.

It appears that one in five seniors did not file the new application for the senior exemption. So when tax bills are mailed next week, seniors across Chicagoland will hit the roof when they see they did not get their senior exemption. Or they will just pay the higher tax bill, thinking they already got the exemption.

This can be cured after the tax bill is received by filing for a certificate of error before the tax bill is paid. Tell your senior friends to check their tax bills, because there’s a good chance the exemption will not be there.


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