Veterans with Disabilities Exemption

Veterans with a service-connected disability as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible for this exemption. It reduces by certain amounts the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) on the primary residence of a veteran with a disability, very likely lowering the tax bill. The amounts of those EAV deductions depend on the level of disability. Veterans 70% or more disabled are totally exempt from property taxes.

Automatic Renewal: Yes, for tax year 2020 only, this exemption will automatically renew.
Application Due Date: The application will be available in early February and the due date will be announced at that time. 

How can a homeowner see which exemptions were applied to their home last year?
Check the Cook County Portal website, then review the Exemption History and Status section. 

đź“Ś Reminder: Exemptions appear on your second installment tax bill issued in the summer. To learn more about how the property tax system works, click here

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Eligibility 

  • Illinois resident who has served as a member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty or State active duty, a member of the Illinois National Guard or U.S. Reserve Forces and has been honorably discharged.
  • Have at least a 30% service-connected disability certified by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Own and occupy the property as the primary residence as of January 1, 2020. 
  • Have a total EAV of less than $250,000 for the primary residence, excluding the EAV of property used for commercial purposes or rented for more than six (6) months. 
    • The equalized assessed value is only the partial property value on which your taxes are computed and can be found on the second installment tax bill under the Tax Calculator

Exemption amounts for the Veterans with Disabilities Homeowner Exemption are:

              Taxable Years

Percentage of Disability

Exemption Amount*

 
   

        2011-2014 (Tax Years)

70% and greater

$5,000

 
 

50-69%

$2, 500

 
       

      2015 and thereafter (Tax Years)

30%-49%

$2,500

 
 

50%-69%

$5,000

 
 

70% and greater

Total Exemption

 
               

Documentation Required to Apply 

  • A first-time applicant must please provide a Department of Defense DD Form 214, certified by either the Cook County Clerk's Office or Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. This document is not required for future annual applications.
  • All applicants, must provide a Disability Certification Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • A non-remarried surviving spouse of a veteran with a disability who is eligible for the Exemption and is using the Exemption for the first time or transferring it to a new address: you must provide the disabled veteran's death certificate and proof of ownership.

Verification letters will be used to verify the veteran's name, percentage of service-connected disability, and date of the letter. Please see examples of required verification letters. 

For further assistance on how to obtain required documents contact the Chicago VA Regional office. 
Number: 312.980-4470 or 312.980.4378
Email: VETINQUIRIES.VBACHI@va.gov

Please Note: This exemption cannot be combined with the Persons with Disabilities Exemption or Returning Veterans Homeowner Exemption.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a surviving spouse apply for the exemption?
A non-remarried surviving spouse of a veteran with a disability may receive or continue to receive this exemption if the same primary residence continues as such for the surviving spouse. Alternatively, the non-remarried surviving spouse may transfer the exemption amount (or less) to a new primary residence. 

As a surviving spouse can I transfer this exemption to a new residence? 
Yes you can transfer to a new residence. First, you must sell the disabled veteran's previous property before transferring the exemption to his or her new primary residence, and occupy the property as the primary residence and hold a legal or beneficial title to the property on January 1st of the assessment year. 

How do I apply for prior tax years?
If you were eligible for the exemption in a prior Tax Year but the exemption was not on your bill, you can apply for a refund or corrected bill by filing for a certificate of error. Learn more here.

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Due Date & How to Apply

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of the exemptions will automatically renew for tax year 2020. In the next few weeks, tens of thousands of households will receive a letter that confirms the auto-renewal of the exemptions placed on their home. For households who need to apply or reapply, applications will be made available by early February.