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Homestead Exemptions Available to DeKalb County Residents 

All exemptions listed below are available through the DeKalb County Supervisor of Assessments Office, 110 East Sycamore Street, Sycamore IL  60178. Please call 815.895.7120 for additional information.

 

 

The Owner Occupied Homestead Exemption Limited .pdf  is an exemption of up to $6,000 off the assessed value of your property. You must live in, and own or have a legal interest in, your property as of January 1 of any given year to qualify. This exemption must be applied for but no yearly renewals are necessary. On new construction the exemption will be pro-rated.

 

The Home Improvement Exemption is available for an added improvement (i.e. new garage, deck, central air, room addition, etc.), not general home maintenance, to an owner occupied property for up to $25,000 off the increased assessed value for up to four years. This exemption is automatically granted upon certification by the township assessor as to the assessed value and kind of improvement. No application is necessary.

 

The Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption is an exemption available to all senior citizens, (65 years and older) that live in, and own or have a legal interest in, their home. This exemption is worth $5,000 off the assessed value of the property. You may file for this exemption anytime during the year you turn 65. This must be applied for, but no yearly renewals are necessary. This exemption will be pro-rated from the date of occupancy.

 

The Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption allows qualified senior citizens to freeze the equalized assessed value of their property for tax purposes. Property taxes will be calculated against the frozen value every year you qualify for the exemption. The frozen value is established at the time of initial application. To qualify, you must be 65 or older, have lived in, and owned your home for at least the two prior January firsts, and have a total household income of $55,000 or less. This income includes ALL taxable Federal income, plus total Social Security (as shown on Form SSA-1099) earned the year prior to application by all individuals living in the household. Senior citizens filing for their initial exemption will be required to bring in their earnings documentation for verification. After the initial application is filed, an application will be mailed annually. There is no repayment of saved dollars when the exemption expires. The Supervisor of Assessments Office will be glad to help people fill out applications, notarize the application free of charge, and answer all questions.

 

There is an additional state program in which senior citizens may participate if certain qualifications are met.

  • The Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral Program is a state program that allows qualified senior citizens with a qualified household income to defer all or part of the property taxes on their personal residence. This money, plus six percent annual interest, must be repaid after the taxpayer’s death, or at time of the sale of the property. Participation in this program will place a lien on the property. The application is available at the DeKalb County Treasurer’s Office. The deadline for filing is February 28 of any given year. Please contact the DeKalb County Treasurer’s office for more information at (815)895-7112.

 

The Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities .pdf  is an exemption of $2,000 off the assessed value of your property. You must own, and live in, your property January 1 of the current assessment year, and have a qualified disability. Documentation to prove you are disabled is required. You can contact our office to find out what kind of documentation is needed. This exemption must be renewed every year.

 

The Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption .pdf  is an exemption of $2,500 or $5,000 off the assessed value of your property. You must own and live in your property January 1 of the current assessment year, and be a veteran of the United States armed forces with a service-connected disability. You must have at least a 50% disability rating given by the United States Veterans’ Affairs office to be qualified. Documentation is required. You can contact our office to find out what documentation is needed. This exemption must be renewed every year.

 

The Returning Veterans’ Homestead Exemption .pdf  is an exemption of $5,000 off the assessed value of your property. You must own and live in your property (or have had the intention of doing so) January 1 of the current assessment year, and have returned home from active duty and the following year. If you did not own a residence January 1 of the year you returned home, but purchased one during that year, you will be awarded the exeption for the year following your return home.

 

The Disabled Veteran Exemption is an exemption of up to $70,000 of the assessed value for certain types of housing owned and used by a disabled veteran or his or her unmarried surviving spouse. The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs determines the eligibility for this exemption, which must be reestablished annually. This exemption is also available on a mobile home owned and used exclusively by a disabled veteran or their spouse. For a single tax year, the property cannot receive this exemption and the Disabled Persons’ Homestead Exemption or Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption.