ASSESSOR Senior Info
Covid-19 Restrictions are still in place in our office. Masks are required in the office.
If you are unsure about any information regarding your property, please call the office before coming in. We may be able to assist over the telephone without any undue exposures or risks. The telephone number is 815-485-9419 our hours are 8:00-3:30 M-Th & 8:00-3:00 Friday.
Anyone born in 1956 is eligible to apply for the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption. You do not have to wait until your birthday to apply. If the household income is $65,000 or less you may qualify for the Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze. Applications will be available in our office in May. Just bring your 2020 income tax return with you. The Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption is 5,000 off of your assessed valuation. Anyone born in 1955 or before that has not already signed up for the senior exemption, come into our office as soon as possible and we will process the necessary paper work to get the exemption added to your 2020 tax bill. Do not delay as we have a limited time to make corrections on the 2020 tax bills. The tax bills will be mailed out the beginning of May 2021. These are the requirements for the senior exemption.
· The property must be owner occupied
· The property must be your primary residence
· At least one owner will be 65 during the tax year
The 2021 Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze applications for the 2020 income year will be available in May 2021. The household income limit is $65,000. Please bring all your income information to our office and we will assist you with copies and turn your paperwork over to the Will County Supervisor of Assessments Office for approval. Remember to bring all your income information with you, i.e., 2020 Federal 1040 income tax return and or your Social Security 1099. If you do not file a Federal 1040, then just bring all the income statements you received for 2020 and your Social Security 1099 and we will help you with the completion of the form. These forms are due July 1, 2021. If you think you may be eligible, bring your information in after May 1st and we will assist you with the application. Again, we will have these forms available May 1, 2021.
The Will County Treasurer’s Office mails tax bills out usually by the first of May. As Covid-19 is still active, Will County has implemented a four-phase tax payment plan. There will be 4 equal and separate coupons included on your tax bill. The schedule is as follows:
Installment 1A Due June 3, 2021
Installment 1B Due August 3, 2021
Installment 2A Due September 3, 2021
Installment 2B Due November 3, 2021
Please read your tax bill to be sure that the exemptions are listed in the calculations. The tax bill is the only place where you see the exemptions being applied to your property. Please read them carefully, as we only have a limited time frame to make corrections for any missed exemptions. If you think there is an error, please call the office as soon as possible so we can look into the matter. Our office hours are 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday. The telephone number is 815-485-9419.
Bonnie Luckhart Hernandez, C.I.A.O., New Lenox Township Assessor