Assessor's Office: Exemptions due by April 10 & Operational Updates

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Cook County Assessor's Office

April 08, 2020

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Exemption Applications Accepted Until

Friday, April 10

Attention property owners, the deadline to apply for property tax exemptions is Friday, April 10. Exemptions are for tax year 2019 and will be applied on the second installment property tax bills. Here are a few important reminders to get your savings this summer.

  • If you received the Homeowner or Senior Exemption last year, they will automatically renew.
  • Confirm last year’s status by looking up your property:
  • If you received the Senior Freeze, Persons with Disabilities, Veterans with Disabilities, and/or Longtime Occupant Exemptions last year, a renewal application was sent to your home.
    • The notarization requirement has been waived for the Longtime Occupant Exemption.
  • If you did not receive an application in the mail and need to apply, you can apply online:
  • If you submitted an exemption application online, you can follow this link to check status:
  • For a full list of 2020 FAQs click here:
  • Are you a renter who has a lease that makes you responsible for property taxes on the home you rent? You may be eligible for property tax savings. Read more:

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Operational Updates from Assessor's Office

As of March 16, 2020, the office is closed to the public

Appeals will be accepted for the following townships until May 1, 2020: River Forest, Riverside, Oak Park, Evanston, Norwood Park, Rogers Park, New Trier, and Barrington. Assessment notices were already mailed out from our office to these specific townships prior to the operational changes brought on by COVID-19. Any adjustments due to the effects of COVID-19 will be made after appeals have been received.

Additional updates to this schedule will be announced via CCAO email newsletter and the website. Please sign up here for updates.

We are doing all we can in our office to ensure our assessments reflect any effects of COVID-19. South Suburban reassessments scheduled for this year will be adjusted to reflect estimated effects of this outbreak on property values.

Property owners whose properties are not normally reassessed this year – in the North Suburbs and Chicago – will also receive adjusted assessed values later in the year after appeals have been processed. 

These adjustments to property values will affect second installment tax bills in 2021. 

The Cook County Assessor’s Office has no legal authority to delay, suspend, or freeze property tax bills. 

It is our statutory duty to ensure no one pays more than their fair share of property taxes.

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