Chicago Homeowner Property Tax Rebate Applications Due 11/30
Update: the tax rebate deadline to file applications has been extended to December 31, 2016
In an effort to offset his recent $838 million property tax hikes over the past year, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city council have implemented a homeowner rebate program.
Qualified homeowners will receive $25 to $200. You may also qualify for an additional $150 senior supplement and hardship grant that extends your total rebate up to $1,000.
Not many people know about it—we just learned about it and we follow Chicago and Cook County property tax appeal-related news closely—so please read below and share with anyone you think may meet the qualification criteria.
Property Tax Rebate Criteria
To qualify for this property tax rebate, you must:
- Be a Chicago resident and homeowner
- Have received the Cook County Homeowners’ Exemption in the most recent property tax year
- Have a household adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less in 2015
- The City of Chicago portion of your most recent property tax bill (received in July 2016) increased from the previous year’s property tax bill (received in July 2015)
- Be current on your payment of all property taxes
- Not owe real estate taxes on other property located in Chicago
- Not have any City of Chicago debt (e.g. parking tickets, overdue water bills, etc.) – however, In cases where City debt is owed, the rebate will be applied to the debt
- Apply by the deadline of November 30, 2016 at one of the neighborhood processing locations or at City Hall
If you do not have a copy of your property tax bill, visit the Cook County Treasurer’s website.
Where Do I apply?
Eligible Chicago homeowners can apply for the standard rebate, senior supplement, and/or the enhanced grant at any of 26 neighborhood processing locations between October 1, 2016 and November 30, 2016. Applications will not be accepted after November 30, 2016.
Want More Property Tax Relief?
Appealing your property taxes, both at the Cook County Assessor and the Board of Review, (every year), is the only way to further reduce your property tax payments for years to come. We have a success rate over 90% and we’ve saved many Cook County homeowners thousands.