Senior citizens in Cook County who are eligible for property tax exemptions have a little bit of extra time to file, thanks to a deadline extension from the Cook County Assessor.
The deadline, which was formerly Wednesday, Feb. 6, was pushed back to Wednesday, Feb. 20, giving residents 65 and older two more weeks to file for their tax break forms.
The forms are available online at www.CookCountyAssessor.com.
The tax break forms are for 2012 property taxes, which are to be paid in 2013. The savings will be shown on the second installment of tax bills set to be mailed in July of this year.
All homeowners born before 1947 are eligible for the Senior Exemption, regardless of income, which reduces property taxes by about $330. Some homeowners born before 1947 will also be eligible for a second tax break, the Senior Freeze.
The Senior Freeze is available for any senior citizen who's lived in and owned their home since Jan. 1, 2011 and has a combined household income of less that $55,000.