Exemption for Persons with Disabilities
Physician’s Statement for Exemption for Persons with Disabilities
What does the exemption do?
The exemption reduces the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) by the amount of the exemption. For the current assessment year, the reduction is $2,000.
Who can qualify for this exemption?
To be eligible for the exemption, the taxpayer must be “unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or medical impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” A person becoming disabled during an assessment year is eligible in that same year.
Evidence that a taxpayer meets this condition includes:
· A class 2 (or 2A) Illinois Disabled Person Identification Card from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.
· Proof of Social Security Administration disability benefits.
· Proof of Veterans Administration disability benefits.
· Proof of Railroad or Civil Service disability benefits.
· An examination by an Illinois licensed physician (must complete Physician’s Statement)
An eligible taxpayer must occupy the property as their primary residence as of January 1 of the assessment year, must be liable for paying the real estate taxes and must be an owner of record or have a legal or equitable interest in the property as evidenced by a written instrument.
A taxpayer may not claim this exemption if they claim the Disabled Veterans’ Homestead Exemption or the Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption.
How do I apply for this exemption?
You must apply for the exemption with the County Assessment Office. You can get an application here (Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities Form, Physicians Statement for Persons with Disabilities) or you can call (309) 937-3570 and one will be mailed to you. After the initial application is approved, you will be mailed a renewal form each subsequent year.