WHEELING TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR'S OFFICE

YOUR TAXPAYER ADVOCATES

1616 N. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS RD

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL 60004

taxinfo@wheelingtownship.com

(847) 259-1515

SENIOR CITIZENS SEEKING TAX RELIEF CAN DEFER UP TO $7,500 IN PROPERTY TAXES.

Senior citizens sixty-five years of age or older who are struggling with property taxes can defer payment of their taxes until their homes or condominiums are sold. The Senior Citizen Tax Deferral Program allows seniors to defer as much as $7,500 of their property tax bill every year. In prior years, the maximum amount that could be deferred was $5,000.

  • To qualify for the deferral program, seniors must have annual income of less than $65,000, have equity in their homes that exceeds the sum of property taxes deferred, and have lived in their homes for at least three years. Two-flats and other properties that generate rental income are not eligible for the program. Properties held in a trust are also ineligible, although there are some exceptions to this rule. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2024.
  • The tax deferral program is essentially a loan from the state that is charged simple interest. The annual interest rate used to be 6% per year, but the rate has been reduced to 3% for new deferrals taken out this year.
  • To assure repayment of the deferral loan when the property is sold, a lien is placed on the senior's home.
  • There are some circumstances, however, where senior citizens might not want a lien on their homes. Seniors uncertain about whether to apply can speak with our office, but should also consider discussing the matter with legal advisors, financial advisors or family members.
  • All taxpayers interested in the deferral program should also apply for other tax benefits available to senior citizens. If you are eligible for the deferral, you should also be eligible for the Senior Freeze and the Senior exemption. By applying for the other senior benefits, you will reduce your property tax liability, which may reduce the deferred tax that will eventually be repaid
  • Senior with additional questions should call our office, 847 259 1515.


Township Office

1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd.

Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

Feel free to contact our Township Assessor office for any further information, we will be happy to assist you with your filing. If you are filing for the senior freeze with our office please bring in your Federal 1040 from 2021 to assist with your filing.

ABOUT WHO DOES WHAT...

The Cook County Assessor is required by law to identify and assign fair market value to all properties in Cook County. The Cook County Assessor does NOT set taxes, mail bills, or collect taxes. The Cook County Assessor is responsible only for determining the value of property, thereby establishing your assessed valuation.

The Wheeling Township Assessor does not assess property but rather is a taxpayer advocate, assisting taxpayers with appeals as well as the navigation of the property tax system.

The Wheeling Township Assessor is a separately elected official who works for the taxpayer and assists the Cook County Assessor. Our office is not funded or controlled by the Cook County Assessor's office.

Our staff has many years of experience serving taxpayers in Wheeling Township and welcomes the opportunity to serve you.

SERVICES PROVIDED BY OUR OFFICE

  1. Assistance with the filing of Assessment Appeals through the Cook County Assessor's office and Cook County Board of Review.
  2. Application for and verification of Senior Freeze, Senior Exemption, Homeowners exemption, Disabled Veteran's and Disabled Person's Exemptions.
  3. Assistance with filing for Real Estate Tax Refunds (Certificates of Error).
  4. Provide property index numbers (PIN) as required by local municipal variance applications.
  5. Information and Assistance with the following Cook County Agencies: Cook County Assessor, Cook County Board of Review, Cook County Treasurer, and Cook County Recorder of Deeds/Cook County Clerk.
  6. Assistance with name and address changes for the Cook County Treasurer's office and Property Location changes for the Cook County Assessor's office.
  7. Processing of Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy with the Cook County Assessor for entry on tax rolls.
  8. Maintain current Real Estate Sales Transfer Declarations
  9. Free notarization for property related forms.
  10. Provide forms for division and consolidation applications.

EXEMPTIONS

Exemptions reduce the equalized assessed value (EAV), of a property. Deductions will appear on the second installment bills issued in the summer.

HOMEOWNER'S EXEMPTION

The homeowner exemption is $10,000 off of the EAV or 10,000x the local tax rate.

SENIOR EXEMPTIONS

Seniors who currently receive the SENIOR EXEMPTION need not reapply, the exemption will automatically renew annually. Two senior exemptions are available.

  1. The SENIOR EXEMPTION, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces the Equalized Assessed Value on your 2nd installment bill by $8,000. That can equate to a savings of $700 or more annually on the property tax bill. This exemption automatically renews unless a sale or death is recorded.
  2. The SENIOR FREEZE may provide some seniors with additional savings if the combined gross income of all occupants in a senior's household is less than $65,000 (for income of previous tax year), and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the house since January 1st. The senior freeze does not freeze the total amount due each year, it freezes the total assessed value. The taxable amount is still subject to the annual state equalizer and local tax rate changes.

Exemptions can only be taken on one property, and that must be the owner's principal residence. One senior/senior freeze exemption per household is permitted.

DISABLED VETERAN EXEMPTION

Veterans with 30%-49% service connected disability receive $2,500 reduction in the equalized assessed value.

Veterans with 50%-69% service connected disability receive $5,000 reduction in the EAV.

Veterans with 70% or more service connected disability are completely exempt from property taxation on their primary residence up to an EAV of $250,000.

DISABLED PERSON

The Disabled Person's Homeowner Exemption provides an annual $2,000 reduction in the EAV of the property. The property must have been owned and occupied on January 1 of the assessment year by a disabled person who is liable for the payment of property taxes.

COOK COUNTY TREASURER NAME AND ADDRESS CHANGES

Property owners should use  to www.cookcountytreasurer.com update the name or mailing address on their tax bills. To help homeowners who have mail delivery problems, the site also shows when tax bills have been returned by the U.S. Postal Service.

HELPFUL LINKS

www.cookcountypropertyinfo.com

This site provides an overview of property tax information for any property within Cook County and serves as a portal into related sites.

www.cookcountyassessor.com

This site provides information about the Cook County Assessor's office, which is responsible for assessing all property in the county. You can use this site to look up the assessment and characteristics of your property which can be used for appeals and the Assessor and Board of Review.

www.cookcountyboardofreview.com

This site will tell you how to file an assessment appeal at the Board of Review.

www.cookcountytreasurer.com

This website allows you to check status of your property tax bill, download a duplicate copy, and pay online. Information is also available on name and address changes, refunds, exemption and tax dates.

www.cookcountyclerk.com

Find information on redemption of delinquent property taxes that have been sold. Learn how the Clerk's office calculates tax rates based on tax levies. This site will also give you information on how to get legal descriptions of parcels and copies of tax maps.

The Cook County Clerk has assumed all operations and duties of Recorder of Deeds. Property recordings and deed searches can be found at the above website.

www.state.il.us/agency/ptab

The State of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) site will provide information on how to file an assessment appeal at PTAB. Be advised that you may only file an appeal at PTAB if you have previously filed an appeal at the Cook County Board of Review for the tax year in question.

Our staff of Neighbors stands ready to assist you with any real estate property tax related issues, stop in or call us any time Monday through Friday from 9-4:30.

At Your Service,

Ken Jochum CIAO, Township Assessor kjochum@wheelingtownship.com

Julia Lipka CIAO, Chief Deputy Assessor