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Change to Senior Citizen Income Limit for Assessment Freeze

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Date: February 8, 2018

Topic: Change to Senior Citizen Income Limit for Assessment Freeze

Contact: Tom Walsh, Supervisor of Assessments | | (815) 319-4460


A new law concerning the Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Exemption (Senior Freeze) came into effect for the 2018 tax year, payable in 2019.  The new law changes the maximum total household income eligible to qualify for the exemption from $55,000 to $65,000.  The $55,000 limit is still in effect for the 2017 tax year, payable in 2018, and earlier years.

This exemption is available to senior citizens (age 65 years and older) who own and occupy their home as their principal dwelling place and meet the new income requirements.

The past several years the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments has sent renewal applications only to the people who qualified for the freeze the prior year.  For 2018, the office is making an extra effort to make sure all seniors who might be eligible for the freeze under the new income limit receive notification of the new limit and receive the proper form they will need if they decide to apply for the Senior Freeze.  The freeze applications will be sent to all senior citizens who are currently receiving the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption, whether or not they have applied or qualified for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption (PTAX-340) in the past.

Please contact the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments Office for additional information at (815) 319-4460.

The Senior Freeze applications will be sent in early to mid-March.

Prepared by: Chief Deputy, Supervisor of Assessments Terri Reeves | | (815) 319-4467

Winnebago County
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
OFC: (815) 319-4444

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