Pappas: ‘Senior citizens owed as much as $45 million in unclaimed Cook County property tax exemptions’

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As many as 26,500 senior citizens could save a total of $45 million on their Cook County property tax bills due August 1, 2019, by applying now for exemptions they received last year, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said today. Those homeowners received the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption last year but have not reapplied, according to an estimate by the Treasurer’s Office. Of those seniors, roughly 19,200 received the Senior Freeze Exemption last year but also have not reapplied. “It takes a little time to apply, but the exemptions reduce your tax bill by hundreds of dollars,” Pappas said. To verify tax exemptions going back four years, visit and:

• Select the purple box labeled “Your Property Tax Overview”

• Enter your address or Property Index Number (PIN)

• Check the results under “Have You Received Your Exemptions in These Tax Years?”

• If you believe you are entitled to an exemption you have not received, select “Apply for a missing exemption.”

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