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Tax Bills & Exemptions

Tax Bills

For help understanding your tax bill, and a link to view your current and prior tax bills, please visit the Winnebago County Treasurer's website HERE.

Exemptions: Tax Relief & Incentive Programs

Property assessment exemptions are two fold. First, they are intended to provide tax relief and second, to act as incentives for improving your property. Exemptions are available for owner-occupied properties, senior citizens, disabled veterans & non-veterans, those making improvements to their owner-occupied homes, and for religious, non-profit or charitable organizations.
For additional information on exemptions, please contact the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments at (815) 319-4460 or visit their website HERE

 

Also called the General Homestead Exemption, this exemption is for individuals who own and occupy their property (as their primary residence) as of January 1st of the tax year. You can apply for this exemption anytime during the year. 
Once you apply for this exemption (application can be found here), it will remain in effect until the property transfers ownership.
This exemption reduces the real estate value by $6,000 or the increase above the 1977 EAV, whichever is less. 

Please contact the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments Office (815) 319-4460 with any questions.

Similar to the Owner-Occupied Exemption, this exemption applies to Single Family Homes that are RENTED. In order for the property to qualify, the Tenant must occupy the home as of January 1st AND be liable for the payment of real estate taxes with respect to the residence in accordance with the terms and conditions of 35 ILCS 200/15-175.
This exemption (application for 2017 can be found here), must be applied for every year by April 1st.

Please contact the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments Office (815) 319-4460 with any questions.

This exemption encourages the expansion and improvement of Single Family homes by exempting up to $25,000 in assessment increase for four (4) years from the date of completion.
This exemption can apply to rebuilding or repairing a Single Family home after a catastrophic event as well. 

Please contact the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments Office (815) 319-4460 with any questions. 

This exemption is for individuals who own and occupy their property (as their primary residence), are 65 years or older, and who are liable for the payment of the real estate taxes on the property. 
Eligible senior taxpayers can complete an application at any time during the year that they turn 65 (application can be found here).
Annual renewal cards will be send to qualified taxpayers annually and should be returned to confirm continued eligibility.
This exemption reduces the real estate value by $5,000.

Please contact the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments Office (815) 319-4460 with any questions. 

This exemption provides seniors with limited income protection against real estate tax increases due to rising property values. This exemption is NOT a tax freeze or a tax reduction and does not protect against increased taxes due to tax rate increases. This exemption provides for a base year frozen assesssment, so it can potentially provide increased savings each year a senior is eligible during times of increasing assessments. 
To qualify, you must have a total household income of less than $55,000 (including both taxable and non-taxable income), own and occupy the property on January 1st of the application year and the prior base year, and be liable for payment of real estate taxes on the property. In some cases, the surviving spouse of an eligible senior citizen may qualify. 
To apply, senior taxpayers must complete an applicaiton affidavit (pink PTAX 340 form). This form must be signed and notarized. Income from all household members needs to be itemized and totaled for the year prior to the applicaiton year. This exemption is required to be filed for every year by the July 1st deadline. Applications are mailed by the Supervisor of Assessments to those senior taxpayers who had the Senior Citizen Assesment Freeze Homestead Exemption the prior year. 

Please contact the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments Office (815) 319-4460 with any questions. 

This program allows a qualifying senior to defer payment of real estate taxes on his or her personal residence. During the deferment period, the State of Illinois pays the real estate taxes. Then when the senior sells the property or within a year of his or her death, repayment plus an interest payment calculated at 6% annually is made.
To qualify you must be age 65 or older by June 1st of the year for which the application is made, have a total household income of less than the maximum allowable limit, own and occupy the property, have lived in the property or other qualifying property at least 3 years, be liable for payment of real estate taxes on the property and have no delinquent real estate taxes.
Application (which must be filed by March 1st) and guidelines are available from the Winnebago County Treasurer, 404 Elm Street, Room 205, Rockford, IL  61101.

Please contact the Winnebago County Treasurer (815) 319-4400 with any questions. 

A 2 year, $5,000 per year, EAV reduction for the first and second year that the veteran (or spouse) owned the home after the veteran returns from active duty in an armed conflict.
To receive this exemption, the veteran must file an application upon their return home.

Please contact the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments (815) 319-4460 with any questions.

The Disabled Veterans' Standard Homestead Exemption provides a reduction in a property's EAV for a veteran with a service-connected disability. If a veteran is disabled 30% or more but less then 50% then the annual exemption is $2500; a disability of 50% or more but less then 70% will be granted an exception of $5000; and a disability for 70% or more will result in the property being exempt from taxation under this code. Initial applications require proof and percentage of disability as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and are renewed annually. The exception is for owner occupied homes only and can be granted to "un-remarried surviving spouses".
A disabled veteran must file an annual application by the county’s due date to continue to receive this exemption. 

Please contact the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments (815) 319-4460 with any questions.

This exemption provides a $2,000 reduction in a property’s assessed value to a qualifying property owned by a disabled person. Initial application requires proof of total disability, after which annual renewals are sent. 
A disabled person must file an application or submit their renewal by the Winnebago County’s due date in order to continue to receive the exemption. 

Please contact the Winnebago Supervisor of Assessments Office (815) 319-4460 with any questions.

Properties of religious, charitable, and educational organizations, as well as units of federal, state and local governments, are eligible for exemption from property taxes to the extent provided by law. The organization must apply for exemption to the Winnebago County Board of Review which reviews the application and forwards it to the Illinois Department of Revenue for the final administrative decision.

Please contact the Winnebago County Supervisor of Assessments (815) 319-4460 with any questions.

Effective July 1, 2012, the state of Illinois cut funding for the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief grant. 

 

 

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Rockford Township Assessor's Office
401 West State Street, Suite 100
Rockford, Illinois 61101

T: (815) 965-0300
F: (815) 965-8968
 

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