Chief County Assessment Office
Property Tax Relief
Disabled Veterans Standard Exemption
Provides a reduction in a property’s EAV to a qualifying property owned by a veteran with a service-connected disability certified by the U. S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. A $2,500 homestead exemption is available to a veteran with a service-connected disability of at least 30% but less than 50% or a $5,000 homestead exemption is available to a veteran with a service-connected disability of at least 50% but less than 70%. A total exemption from taxes is granted if the percentage of service-connected disability is at least 70 percent.
To qualify for this exemption, you must:
- Own & occupy the property as of January 1st, of the assessment year.
- Be an Illinois resident who has served as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces (on active duty or state active duty), Il. National Guard, or U.S. Reserve Forces, and not dishonorably discharged.
- Have at least a 30% service-connected disability certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Have a total EAV of less than $250,000 for the primary residence.
- The surviving spouse of a disabled veteran can continue to receive this exemption on the property, or transfer the exemption to a new primary residence (only 1 transfer allowed, and previous property must be sold first) if the following conditions are met: - Must not be remarried; - Must own & occupy property as of January, 1st of the assessment year; - Have a total EAV of less than $250,000 for the primary residence.
- Apply for the exemption at the Chief County Assessors Office, or click here to download the application.
NOTE: This exemption must be renewed each year.
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