Senior Assessment Freeze

2020 Senior Citizen’s Assessment Freeze

Automatic Renewal of Exemptions

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the State has enacted legislation to automatically renew exemptions for tax year 2020.  The automatic renewals will be granted for the Senior Assessment Freeze, Disabled Persons, Disabled Veterans exemptions.

If a taxpayer had any of the exemptions in place for tax year 2019, then the exemption will automatically be granted for tax year 2020.  Taxpayers do not need to renew or file for this year.  If a taxpayer has already submitted an application or renewal for 2020, no further action is required.

The only instance where an application must be made is for first time applicants or if there has been a change is the Disabled Veterans disability rating.

This legislation was supported by the Lake County Township Assessor’s Association to protect the most venerable population from the spread of Covid-19.  Lake County will be mailing notices to those taxpayers who are impacted.

Please contact my office should if you have questions

How To Apply:

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How to Apply

Qualifications and Documentation:

To qualify, applicants must:

• Be 65 years of age or older
• Own the property as their principal residence January 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020
• Have a total household income of $65,000 or less in 2019
• This exemption must be renewed on an annual basis.
• Please have your photo ID showing the property address for the exemption being applied for.
• You will need your tax return, 1040 or 1040SR or household income documents for the tax year of 2019 for all household members.

Benefit:

The Senior Freeze provides limited-income seniors with protection against real estate tax increases due to rising property values. It is not a tax freeze or a tax reduction and does not protect against increased taxes due to tax rate increases. Because this exemption provides for a base year frozen assessment, it will potentially provide increased savings each year a senior is eligible.

Conclusion:

The County has made this commitment to file on-line. There is a cost savings where County personnel is not processing the paperwork. My office understands this will create difficulties for our seniors. We are here to help.