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Senior tax exemption information in Lyons Township

Homeowners who were born in 1948 and turned 65 in 2013, will be eligible for one of the senior exemptions for the first time. The Lyons Township Assessor’s Office has the prime forms available for first-time seniors. Qualified residents should bring their driver’s license, recent property tax bill, and 2012 Federal Income Tax for the total household income.

Renewal applications for senior property tax exemptions have been mailed. All seniors must apply to renew their exemptions.

If one has not received a form, wait until Jan. 27, before coming into the assessor’s office. The county prefers the pre-printed forms be used.

The form will indicate: this form must be returned by Feb. 5, 2014. This date is a tentative date, not the actual date. This date will be changing three more times. Residents should not mail the form in. Bring the form into the assessor’s office and they will deliver your paper work directly to the county office. If anyone needs assistance in filling out the form, the assessor or her staff will assist.

Senior exemptions must be renewed every year. There are two senior citizen property tax exemptions:

• The Senior Exemption, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces property taxes by about $200. It is available to any owner-occupied residential property whose owner was born in 1948 or earlier.

• The Senior Freeze provides some seniors with additional savings if the combined income of all occupants in a senior’s household is less than $55,000, and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the house since Jan. 1, 2012. One’s total household federal income tax for 2012 needs to be brought in.

The senior applications that have been mailed are for 2013 property taxes, (paid in calendar year 2014) and the savings from the exemptions will appear on the second installment tax bills that will likely be mailed in July of 2014.

First installment 2013 tax bills will be going out the end of January or the beginning of February with a March due date.

If anyone has questions or needs assistance, contact the assessor’s office at 6404 Joliet Road, Countryside, or (708) 482-8300 option 1.

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