Board of Review:
Charitable Exemptions

Board of Review
Property Tax Relief

Charitable Exemption

To be exempt for property tax purposes, the property must be owned by a "beneficent and charitable" organization and used exclusively for charitable and beneficent purposes and not leased or otherwise used for profit. However, an incidental use of the property for a noncharitable purpose will not preclude granting the exemption. (Note: Property tax exemptions are also given to most government property, as well as land used for schools, religious purposes, cemeteries, and agricultural and horticultural societies.)

To become exempt for property tax purposes, an organization must first be determined eligible by the Rock Island County Board of Review. Application to the Board of Review should include proof of ownership of the property, a specific description of all uses of the property, the organization's charter, financial statement, 501(c)(2) or 501(c)(3) exemption letter from the IRS, picture of the exterior of the property, affidavit of use of the property, and other supporting information. These officials, in turn, submit the data on the organization to the Illinois Department of Revenue ExternalLink.gif for final approval before removing the property from the tax roles.

Forms available online:

Charitable Exempt Form PDF Document
Complete this form to apply for any non-homestead exemption except for a federal/state agency or a religious exemption.

Charitable Exempt Form - Federal and State PDF Document
Complete this form to apply for a non-homestead exemption that is a a federal or state agency.

Charitable Exempt Form - Religious PDF Document
Complete this form to apply for a non-homestead exemption that is a religious organization.

Charitable Exemption Form - Hospital PDF Document
Complete this form to apply for a hospital non-homestead exemption. "Hospital" means any institution, place, building, buildings on a campus, or other health care facility located in Illinois that is licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act and has a hospital owner.
Hospital Schedule A
Hospital Schedule E
Affidavit for Hospital Property Tax Exemption

If you have any questions regarding the Charitable Exemption, or need to obtain an application by mail, please contact:

Rock Island County
Board of Review
1504 Third Avenue
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

Phone: (309) 558-3670
Fax: (309) 558-3658

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Joan Russell, Chairperson
Board of Review Office
Rock Island County Office Building (map ExternalLink.gif)
Second Floor - 1504 Third Avenue, Rock Island IL, 61201-8624

Phone: (309) 558-3670     Fax: (309) 558-3658     Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - Monday thru Friday