Exemptions Available to Homeowners

For more information on each of the exemptions listed below, please call the Whiteside County Supervisor of Assessments Office at 1-815-772-5195

EXEMPTIONS AVAILABLE TO HOMEOWNERS:

Owner Occupied

$6,000

 15-175

         1978          

December 31

Senior Citizen

$5,000

 15-170

         1971

December 31

Senior Freeze

$55,000 max income

 15-172

         1994

July 1 

Home                   Improvement

$25,000  maximum

 15-180

         1975

NA

Disabled Veteran

$100,000

  15-165

         1969-revised in 2014

File with State

Disabled Veteran Standard

30% to 49% $2,500

50% to 69% $5,000  

70% to 100% tax exempt

 15-169

         2007- revised in 2015

December 31

Returning Vet

 $5,000

 15-167

         2007

December 31

Disabled Person  

 $2,000

 15-168

         2007          

December 31

OWNER OCCUPIED EXEMPTION:

Must be the owner of record on January 1 of the assessment year
Must be responsible for payment of the real estate taxes
Property must be occupied by the owners as their principal dwelling place

SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION:

Must be the owner of record on January 1 of the assessment year
Must be responsible for payment of the real estate taxes
Property must be occupied by the owners as their principal dwelling place
Must be 65 years of age or older
Only eligible for the exemption on one residence

VETERANS EXEMPTION:

Granted to disabled veterans who have served in the armed forces of the United States and who have acquired in connection with that service a disability of such a nature that the Federal Government has authorized payment for purchase or construction of specially adapted housing as set forth in the U.S. Code Title 38, Chapter 21.

HOME IMPROVEMENT EXEMPTION:

Allows up to a maximum of $75,000 in actual market value ($25,000 assessed value) granted when the property is owned and used exclusively for a residential purpose upon demonstration that a proposed increase in assessed value is attributable solely to a new improvement of an existing structure. The exemption shall continue for four (4) years from the date the improvement was completed and occupied. This must be your permanent full time residence.

SENIOR CITIZENS HOMESTEAD FREEZE EXEMPTION:

Property must be occupied by the owners as their principal dwelling place and be owners of the property on January 1 of the year prior to filing for exemption.
Must be responsible for payment of the real estate taxes
Must be 65 years of age or older Have a total household income of $55,000 or less Application must be filed every year

RETURNING VETERANS HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION:

Must be a veteran returning from a recent armed conflict
Granted in the year that the veteran returns

DISABLED VETERANS STANDARD HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION:

Must be a disabled veteran with at least a 30%-49% service connected disability for a $2,500 reduction
Must be a disabled veteran with at least a 50%-69% service connected disability for a $5,000 reduction
Must be a disabled veteran with at least a 70%-100% service connected disability to be tax exempt
Must provide copy of DD214 with initial application form Application must be filed every year with proof of percentage of disability
Must be the owner of record on January 1 of the assessment year
Must be responsible for payment of the real estate taxes

DISABLED PERSONS HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION:

Must be a disabled person with a Class 2 disability
Must be the owner of record on January 1 of the assessment year
Must be responsible for payment of the real estate taxes Application must be filed every year along with proof of disability

TENANT HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION:

Must have a tenant occupying the residence as of January 1 of the assessment year A copy of the lease that is in force must be on file in the Chief County Assessment Office
The lease must state that the tenant is liable for the payment of the property taxes Annual Application and Renewal Affidavit must be filed between January 1-July 1 every year

 

 

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