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90_SB0035enr 35 ILCS 200/15-172 Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that if an applicant for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption fails to file the application in a timely manner and the failure to file was due to a mental or physical condition sufficiently severe so as to render the applicant incapable of filing the application in a timely manner, the Chief County Assessment Officer may extend the filing deadline for a period of 30 days after the applicant regains the capability to file the application, but in no case may the filing deadline be extended beyond 3 months of the original filing deadline. Requires the applicant to provide the Chief County Assessment Officer with a signed statement from the applicant's physician stating the nature and extent of the condition, that, in the physician's opinion, the condition was so severe that it rendered the applicant incapable of filing the application in a timely manner, and the date on which the applicant regained the capability to file the application. Effective immediately. LRB9000131KRpk SB35 Enrolled LRB9000131KRpk 1 AN ACT to amend the Property Tax Code by changing Section 2 15-172. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Property Tax Code is amended by changing 6 Section 15-172 as follows: 7 (35 ILCS 200/15-172) 8 Sec. 15-172. Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead 9 Exemption. 10 (a) This Section may be cited as the Senior Citizens 11 Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption. 12 (b) As used in this Section: 13 "Applicant" means an individual who has filed an 14 application under this Section. 15 "Base amount" means the base year equalized assessed 16 value of the residence plus the first year's equalized 17 assessed value of any added improvements which increased the 18 assessed value of the residence after the base year. 19 "Base year" means the taxable year prior to the taxable 20 year for which the applicant first qualifies and applies for 21 the exemption provided that in the prior taxable year the 22 property was improved with a permanent structure that was 23 occupied as a residence by the applicant who was liable for 24 paying real property taxes on the property and who was either 25 (i) an owner of record of the property or had legal or 26 equitable interest in the property as evidenced by a written 27 instrument or (ii) had a legal or equitable interest as a 28 lessee in the parcel of property that was single family 29 residence. 30 "Chief County Assessment Officer" means the County 31 Assessor or Supervisor of Assessments of the county in which SB35 Enrolled -2- LRB9000131KRpk 1 the property is located. 2 "Equalized assessed value" means the assessed value as 3 equalized by the Illinois Department of Revenue. 4 "Household" means the applicant, the spouse of the 5 applicant, and all persons using the residence of the 6 applicant as their principal place of residence. 7 "Household income" means the combined income of the 8 members of a household for the calendar year preceding the 9 taxable year. 10 "Income" has the same meaning as provided in Section 3.07 11 of the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax 12 Relief and Pharmaceutical Assistance Act. 13 "Internal Revenue Code of 1986" means the United States 14 Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor law or laws 15 relating to federal income taxes in effect for the year 16 preceding the taxable year. 17 "Life care facility that qualifies as a cooperative" 18 means a facility as defined in Section 2 of the Life Care 19 Facilities Act. 20 "Residence" means the principal dwelling place and 21 appurtenant structures used for residential purposes in this 22 State occupied on January 1 of the taxable year by a 23 household and so much of the surrounding land, constituting 24 the parcel upon which the dwelling place is situated, as is 25 used for residential purposes. If the Chief County Assessment 26 Officer has established a specific legal description for a 27 portion of property constituting the residence, then that 28 portion of property shall be deemed the residence for the 29 purposes of this Section. 30 "Taxable year" means the calendar year during which ad 31 valorem property taxes payable in the next succeeding year 32 are levied. 33 (c) Beginning in taxable year 1994, a senior citizens 34 assessment freeze homestead exemption is granted for real SB35 Enrolled -3- LRB9000131KRpk 1 property that is improved with a permanent structure that is 2 occupied as a residence by an applicant who (i) is 65 years 3 of age or older during the taxable year, (ii) has a household 4 income of $35,000 or less, (iii) is liable for paying real 5 property taxes on the property, and (iv) is an owner of 6 record of the property or has a legal or equitable interest 7 in the property as evidenced by a written instrument. This 8 homestead exemption shall also apply to a leasehold interest 9 in a parcel of property improved with a permanent structure 10 that is a single family residence that is occupied as a 11 residence by a person who (i) is 65 years of age or older 12 during the taxable year, (ii) has a household income of 13 $35,000 or less, (iii) has a legal or equitable ownership 14 interest in the property as lessee, and (iv) is liable for 15 the payment of real property taxes on that property. 16 The amount of this exemption shall be the equalized 17 assessed value of the residence in the taxable year for which 18 application is made minus the base amount. 19 When the applicant is a surviving spouse of an applicant 20 for a prior year for the same residence for which an 21 exemption under this Section has been granted, the base year 22 and base amount for that residence are the same as for the 23 applicant for the prior year. 24 Each year at the time the assessment books are certified 25 to the County Clerk, the Board of Review or Board of Appeals 26 shall give to the County Clerk a list of the assessed values 27 of improvements on each parcel qualifying for this exemption 28 that were added after the base year for this parcel and that 29 increased the assessed value of the property. 30 In the case of land improved with an apartment building 31 owned and operated as a cooperative or a building that is a 32 life care facility that qualifies as a cooperative, the 33 maximum reduction from the equalized assessed value of the 34 property is limited to the sum of the reductions calculated SB35 Enrolled -4- LRB9000131KRpk 1 for each unit occupied as a residence by a person or persons 2 65 years of age or older with a household income of $35,000 3 or less who is liable, by contract with the owner or owners 4 of record, for paying real property taxes on the property and 5 who is an owner of record of a legal or equitable interest in 6 the cooperative apartment building, other than a leasehold 7 interest. In the instance of a cooperative where a homestead 8 exemption has been granted under this Section, the 9 cooperative association or its management firm shall credit 10 the savings resulting from that exemption only to the 11 apportioned tax liability of the owner who qualified for the 12 exemption. Any person who willfully refuses to credit that 13 savings to an owner who qualifies for the exemption is guilty 14 of a Class B misdemeanor. 15 When a homestead exemption has been granted under this 16 Section and an applicant then becomes a resident of a 17 facility licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act, the 18 exemption shall be granted in subsequent years so long as the 19 residence (i) continues to be occupied by the qualified 20 applicant's spouse or (ii) if remaining unoccupied, is still 21 owned by the qualified applicant for the homestead exemption. 22 Beginning January 1, 1997, when an individual dies who 23 would have qualified for an exemption under this Section, and 24 the surviving spouse does not independently qualify for this 25 exemption because of age, the exemption under this Section 26 shall be granted to the surviving spouse for the taxable year 27 preceding and the taxable year of the death, provided that, 28 except for age, the surviving spouse meets all other 29 qualifications for the granting of this exemption for those 30 years. 31 When married persons maintain separate residences, the 32 exemption provided for in this Section may be claimed by only 33 one of such persons and for only one residence. 34 For taxable year 1994 only, in counties having less than SB35 Enrolled -5- LRB9000131KRpk 1 3,000,000 inhabitants, to receive the exemption, a person 2 shall submit an application by February 15, 1995 to the Chief 3 County Assessment Officer of the county in which the property 4 is located. In counties having 3,000,000 or more 5 inhabitants, for taxable year 1994 and all subsequent taxable 6 years, to receive the exemption, a person may submit an 7 application to the Chief County Assessment Officer of the 8 county in which the property is located during such period as 9 may be specified by the Chief County Assessment Officer. The 10 Chief County Assessment Officer in counties of 3,000,000 or 11 more inhabitants shall annually give notice of the 12 application period by mail or by publication. In counties 13 having less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, beginning with 14 taxable year 1995 and thereafter, to receive the exemption, a 15 person shall submit an application by July 1 of each taxable 16 year to the Chief County Assessment Officer of the county in 17 which the property is located. A county may, by ordinance, 18 establish a date for submission of applications that is 19 earlier than July 1, but in no event shall a county establish 20 a date for submission of applications that is later than July 21 1. The applicant shall submit with the application an 22 affidavit of the applicant's total household income, age, 23 marital status (and if married the name and address of the 24 applicant's spouse, if known), and principal dwelling place 25 of members of the household on January 1 of the taxable year. 26 The Department shall establish, by rule, a method for 27 verifying the accuracy of affidavits filed by applicants 28 under this Section. The applications shall be clearly marked 29 as applications for the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze 30 Homestead Exemption. 31 Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, in 32 counties having fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants, if an 33 applicant fails to file the application required by this 34 Section in a timely manner and this failure to file is due to SB35 Enrolled -6- LRB9000131KRpk 1 a mental or physical condition sufficiently severe so as to 2 render the applicant incapable of filing the application in a 3 timely manner, the Chief County Assessment Officer may extend 4 the filing deadline for a period of 30 days after the 5 applicant regains the capability to file the application, but 6 in no case may the filing deadline be extended beyond 3 7 months of the original filing deadline. In order to receive 8 the extension provided in this paragraph, the applicant shall 9 provide the Chief County Assessment Officer with a signed 10 statement from the applicant's physician stating the nature 11 and extent of the condition, that, in the physician's 12 opinion, the condition was so severe that it rendered the 13 applicant incapable of filing the application in a timely 14 manner, and the date on which the applicant regained the 15 capability to file the application. 16 In counties having less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, if an 17 applicant was denied an exemption in taxable year 1994 and 18 the denial occurred due to an error on the part of an 19 assessment official, or his or her agent or employee, then 20 beginning in taxable year 1997 the applicant's base year, for 21 purposes of determining the amount of the exemption, shall be 22 1993 rather than 1994. In addition, in taxable year 1997, the 23 applicant's exemption shall also include an amount equal to 24 (i) the amount of any exemption denied to the applicant in 25 taxable year 1995 as a result of using 1994, rather than 26 1993, as the base year, (ii) the amount of any exemption 27 denied to the applicant in taxable year 1996 as a result of 28 using 1994, rather than 1993, as the base year, and (iii) the 29 amount of the exemption erroneously denied for taxable year 30 1994. 31 For purposes of this Section, a person who will be 65 32 years of age during the current taxable year shall be 33 eligible to apply for the homestead exemption during that 34 taxable year. Application shall be made during the SB35 Enrolled -7- LRB9000131KRpk 1 application period in effect for the county of his or her 2 residence. 3 The Chief County Assessment Officer may determine the 4 eligibility of a life care facility that qualifies as a 5 cooperative to receive the benefits provided by this Section 6 by use of an affidavit, application, visual inspection, 7 questionnaire, or other reasonable method in order to insure 8 that the tax savings resulting from the exemption are 9 credited by the management firm to the apportioned tax 10 liability of each qualifying resident. The Chief County 11 Assessment Officer may request reasonable proof that the 12 management firm has so credited that exemption. 13 Except as provided in this Section, all information 14 received by the chief county assessment officer or the 15 Department from applications filed under this Section, or 16 from any investigation conducted under the provisions of this 17 Section, shall be confidential, except for official purposes 18 or pursuant to official procedures for collection of any 19 State or local tax or enforcement of any civil or criminal 20 penalty or sanction imposed by this Act or by any statute or 21 ordinance imposing a State or local tax. Any person who 22 divulges any such information in any manner, except in 23 accordance with a proper judicial order, is guilty of a Class 24 A misdemeanor. 25 Nothing contained in this Section shall prevent the 26 Director or chief county assessment officer from publishing 27 or making available reasonable statistics concerning the 28 operation of the exemption contained in this Section in which 29 the contents of claims are grouped into aggregates in such a 30 way that information contained in any individual claim shall 31 not be disclosed. 32 (Source: P.A. 88-669, eff. 11-29-94; 88-682, eff. 1-13-95; 33 89-62, eff. 1-1-96; 89-426, eff. 6-1-96; 89-557, eff. 1-1-97; 34 89-581, eff. 1-1-97; 89-626, eff. 8-9-96; revised 9-3-96.) SB35 Enrolled -8- LRB9000131KRpk 1 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 2 becoming law.
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