Palatine Township Assessor
Bill Pohlman, CIAO
The Palatine Township Assessor’s office works to assist Palatine Township residents in the many areas related to Property Tax assessments. Our offices can answer your questions and assist you with filing your Assessment Appeals through the Cook County Assessor’s Office and the Cook County Board of Review. Our knowledgeable staff has access to information on properties within Palatine Township utilizing software linked to the Cook County Assessor’s records.
We look forward to assisting you with your property tax appeals, making sure you are receiving all of your exemptions and to answer any questions you may have. Contact us at 847-358-6164 Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
PROPERTY TAX APPEALS
Our Township Assessor’s Office is here to assist you in your property tax appeal. Appeals may only be filed during certain periods designated by the Cook County Assessor’s Office or the Cook County Board of Review. Dates will be posted once the appeals are opened by the Cook County Assessor’s office or the Cook County Board of Review.
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS
Exemptions are an important way you can receive all of the deductions on your property taxes that are unique to your circumstances. Below are the majority of the exemptions that are available and a description. If you qualify and file for any of these exemptions, you will receive a deduction on your property taxes. If you would prefer a verbal explanation of these exemptions, go to our YouTube Channel. To receive help filing your exemptions or if you have questions, contact the Palatine Township Assessor’s Office at 847-358-6164.
The Homeowner Exemption is now automatically renewed for property owners who received it in the past. If you are not receiving your Homeowner Exemption, contact our office at 847-358-6164 to fill out the proper application. You must mail the completed form back to the County Assessor or return to our office in order to receive your Homeowner Exemption. The Homeowner Exemption will reduce your EAV by $10,000 if you have resided at your property for the principal place of residence as of January 1 of the year in question. The savings you receive in real dollars will be reflected on your second installment tax bill on the Homeowner Exemption line.
SENIOR CITIZEN AND SENIOR FREEZE EXPEMTION
SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION: If you are 65 or older, you may apply for the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption and reduce your EAV by $8,000 once approved. The Senior Citizen’s Exemption is now automatic. If you’ve received the Senior Citizen’s Exemption before, it will automatically renew going forward.
LOW-INCOME SENIOR CITZEN ASSESSMENT FREEZE EXEMPTION: (MUST BE RENEWED ANNUALLY) You may qualify for the Low-Income Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze if you qualify for the Senior Citizen Exemption and have a total household income of less than $65,000 in the year prior to the property tax year in question. The Low-Income Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze allows qualified Senior Citizens to apply for a freeze of the EAV of their property. This freezes the EAV at the level prior to the taxable year for which the applicant first applies and qualifies or the current year whichever is lower. For example, a senior citizen who applies and qualifies for this exemption in the taxable year 2020 will have the EAV of the property frozen at the 2020 EAV or 2019 EAV whichever is lower. Those receiving this exemption should be aware that this does not automatically freeze the amount of their tax bill. Only the EAV remains at the fixed amount. The amount of dollars that the taxing district asks for (levy) and the tax rate will continue to effect calculation of the bill.
RETURNING VETERANS EXEMPTIONS
The Returning Veterans Homestead Exemption provides a 1-year $5,000 annual reduction in a property’s equalized assessed value (EAV) to qualifying veterans who return from active duty in armed conflict involving the armed forces of the United States.
To receive this exemption, the veteran must file an application for the year in which they return. Example: return in 2020, $5,000 reduction for tax year 2020, paid in 2021.
DISABLED VETERANS EXEMPTIONS
The Disabled Veterans’ Homeowner Exemption provides an annual reduction in a property’s equalized assessed value (EAV) on the primary residence occupied by a disabled veteran on January 1 of the assessment year.
The amount of the exemption each year depends on the percentage of the disabled veteran’s service-connected disability as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
A disabled veteran with at least:
- 70% service-connected disability is exempt from all property taxes.
50% to 69% service-connected disability will receive an annual $5,000 reduction in the (EAV) of their property.
30% to 49% will receive an annual $2,500 reduction in the EAV of their property.
A disabled veteran must apply for this exemption each year. To complete the Disabled Veterans’ Exemption application, the following is needed: 70% service-connected disability is exempt from all property taxes.
First time applicants need to provide a certified Department of Defense form DD214.
Disability Certification Letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs dated no earlier than 2021.
- Deed to the property.
- A surviving spouse, as long as the spouse does not remarry, applying for the first time or transferring the exemption to a new address will also need to provide the disabled veteran’s death certificate.
DISABLED PERSONS EXEMPTIONS
The Disabled Persons’ Homestead Exemption provides a $2,500 reduction in a property’s equalized assessed value (EAV) to a qualifying property owned by a disabled person.
A disabled person must file an annual application by the county’s due date to continue to receive this exemption.
HOME IMPROVEMENT EXEMPTIONS
The Home Improvement Exemption encourages the expansion or renovation of homes by delaying taxation on up to $75,000 worth of improvements for at least four years.
You do not have to apply for a Home Improvement Exemption. It will be given automatically. You will be eligible for the exemption after you apply for a building permit to improve your home.
- www.cookcountyassessor.com Cook County Assessor’s office is responsible for assessing all property in Cook County.
- www.cookcountyboardofreview.com How to file an assessment appeal at the Board of Review.
- www.cookcountytreasurer.com The Treasurer’s web site allows you to check the status of your property tax bill payments and directs you where and how to pay your tax bill.
- www.state.il.us/agency/ptab The state of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) site will provide information on how to file an assessment appeal at PTAB. ***ALERT*** Be advised that you may only file an appeal at PTAB if you have previously filed an appeal at the Cook County Board of Review for the tax year in question.
- https://www.cookcountyclerkil.gov/ Find information on redemption of delinquent property taxes that have been sold. Learn how to Clerk’s office calculates tax rates based on tax levies. Also, find how to get legal descriptions of parcels, copies of tax maps, and look up property transactions, deeds, and mortgage information.
- Property Tax Portal: https://www.cookcountypropertyinfo.com/ This website consolidates all property tax information and delivers Cook County taxpayers a one-stop customer service website.
Sharing information about your property tax bill:
Cook County property tax bills have been posted to cookcountytreasurer.com where homeowners can see how much they owe more than a week before the bills are to be mail.
To see a tax bill for a particular home or other property, visit cookcountytreasurer.com and select the purple box labeled “Your Property Tax Overview.” You can search by address.