WHEELING TOWNSHIP ASSESSOR'S OFFICE

YOUR TAXPAYER ADVOCATES

1616 N. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS RD

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL 60004

taxinfo@wheelingtownship.com

(847) 259-1515

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Wheeling Township is open for appeals with Cook County Board of Review from April 11-May 10th.

We can provide comparables for an online appeal. If you need assistance please email taxinfo@wheelingtownship.com. Enter your Property Index Number in the subject line and request comparables in the email. We will research the property and send comparables along with instructions for the appeal at www.cookcountyboardofreview.com.

We also have forms in our office which can be completed and filed with the Board of Review.

If Assessed Value is reduced, the new value will be used to calculate the 2nd Installment tax bill that will be mailed later this year.

Call our office or go to www.cookcountyboardofreview.com for further information.

Auto Renewals

In response to COVID many exemptions will automatically renew again for tax year 2021. Homeowners will receive a letter in early March from Cook County Assessor that confirms the auto-renewal of these exemptions. You will not need to reapply if your exemption is automatically renewing.

The following exemptions will auto-renew for 2021 tax year:

  • Homeowner
  • Senior
  • Senior Freeze
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Veterans with Disabilities

2021 Exemption forms are now available online at www.cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions and in our office.

Senior homeowners are eligible for the Senior Freeze if they have a total household annual income of $65,000 or less in the 2020 calendar year. Please bring your 2020 Federal Income Tax return if you would like assistance in our office.

If photo ID is issued in 2022, please bring a bank statement dated in tax year of application. Additional information and documentation requirements are available at the above website.


A Message from Ken Jochum, your Township Assessor

As we begin a new tax year, and continue the appeal process for tax year 2021, I am pleased to remind you that our office is open to serve you in person. We continue to be available as well by phone and email. Neighbor to Neighbor service is the promise of Wheeling Township Government.

A BRIEF WORD ABOUT WHO DOES WHAT...

The Cook County Assessor is required by law to identify and assign fair market value to all properties in Cook County. The Cook County Assessor does NOT set taxes, mail bills or collect taxes. The Cook County Assessor is responsible only for determining the value of property, which establishes your assessed valuation.

The Wheeling Township Assessor does NOT assess property but rather is a Taxpayer Advocate, assisting taxpayers with appeals as well as the navigation of the property tax system.

The Wheeling Township Assessor is a separately elected official who works for the taxpayer and assists the Cook County Assessor, our office is not funded or controlled by the Cook County Assessor's office.

Our staff of professionals has many years of experience serving taxpayers in Wheeling Township and welcome the opportunity to serve you. We ask that you have your 14-digit Property Index Number available when you contact us.

SERVICES PROVIDED BY OUR OFFICE:

  1. Assistance with the Filing of Assessment Appeals through the Cook County Assessor's Office and Cook County Board of Review
  2. Application for and verification of Senior Freeze, Senior's, Homeowner's, Disabled Veteran's, and Disabled Person's Exemptions
  3. Assistance with filing for Real Estate Tax Refunds (Certificates of Error)
  4. Provide property index numbers (PIN) as required by local municipal variance applications
  5. Information and Assistance with the following Cook County Agencies: Cook County Assessor, Cook County Board of Review, Cook County Treasurer, and Cook County Recorder of Deeds/Cook County Clerk
  6. Assistance with Name and Address Changes for the Cook County Treasurer's Office and Property Location Changes for the Cook County Assessor's Office
  7. Processing of Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy with the Cook County Assessor for Entry on tax rolls
  8. Maintain current Real Estate Sales Transfer Declarations
  9. Free Notarization for property tax-related forms

   10. Provide forms for division and consolidation applications

Our staff of Neighbors stands ready to assist you with any real estate property tax related issues, stop in or call any time Monday through Friday from 9-4:30.

At Your Service,

Ken Jochum, CIAO, Township Assessor  kjochum@wheelingtownship.com

Julia Lipka, CIAO Chief Deputy Assessor


EXEMPTIONS

Exemptions reduce the equalized assessed value (EAV), of a property. Deductions will appear on the second installment bills issued in summer 2022.

Due to COVID and for the safety of constituents, many exemptions will automatically renew for tax year 2021. Cook County Assessor has changed the application process to electronic, hard copy exemption forms are not available. For those who are newly qualified for the Senior Exemption (born in 1956), or who have recently moved and need to apply please call our office for assistance. For further information and to see which exemptions were applied to a property last year go to www.cookcountyassessor.com and click on Exemption History and Status for property details.

Cook County has increased the exemption amounts as of tax year 2017.

The homeowner exemption is $10,000 off the EAV or 10,000 X the local tax rate.

The senior exemption is $8,000 off the EAV or 8,000 X the local tax rate.

The county has increased the income limitation allowing up to $65,000 gross household income from the previous income tax year. The senior freeze is a minimum $2,000 off the EAV - or 2,000 X the local tax rate. Therefore, all seniors who qualify based on their household income will see a reduction.

SENIOR EXEMPTION-NOW AUTOMATICALLY RENEWS

A law recently passed that no longer requires seniors in Cook County to renew the senior exemption yearly. Under the new law, seniors who currently receive the senior exemption need not reapply, the exemption will automatically renew annually.

Seniors not currently receiving the exemption and who turned 65 in 2021 must apply in 2022. It will then automatically renew in future years. A first-time applicant must complete the 2021 Homeowner/Senior Exemption application or the 2021 Senior Freeze application and provide a current driver's license or a valid Illinois State I.D. at the address of the property. Documentation requirements are listed on the Cook County Assessor website.

ELIGIBILITY FOR 2021 SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTIONS (BORN IN 1956 OR EARLIER)

Two senior citizen exemptions are available.

1. The Senior Exemption, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces the Equalized Assessed Value on your 2nd Installment bill by $8,000.  That can equate to a savings of $700 or more annually on the property tax bill. This exemption automatically renews unless a sale or death is recorded.

2. The Senior Freeze may provide some seniors with additional savings if the combined gross income of all occupants in a senior's household is less than $65,000 (for income tax year 2020), and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the house since January 1, 2020. The senior freeze does not freeze the total amount due each year, it freezes the total assessed value. The taxable amount is still subject to the annual state equalizer and local tax rate changes. 


Exemptions can only be taken on one property, and that must be the owner's principal residence. One senior/senior freeze exemption per household is permitted.  


DISABLED VETERAN EXEMPTION

Veterans with 30%-49% service connected disability receive $2,500 reduction in the equalized assessed value (EAV).

Veterans with 50%-69% service connected disability receive $5,000 reduction in the EAV.

Veterans with 70% or more service connected disability are completely exempt from property taxation on their primary residence UP TO A 250,000 EAV.

DISABLED EXEMPTION

The Disabled Persons' Homeowner Exemption provides an annual $2,000 reduction in the EAV of the property. The property must have been owned and occupied on January 1 of the assessment year by a disabled person who is liable for the payment of property taxes.

COOK COUNTY TREASURER NAME AND ADDRESS CHANGES

Property owners should use www.cookcountytreasurer.com to update the name or mailing address on their tax bills. To help homeowners who have mail delivery problems, the site also shows when tax bills have been returned by the U.S. Postal Service.

Helpful Links

www.cookcountypropertyinfo.com

This site provides an overview of property tax information for any property within Cook County and serves as a "portal" into related sites.

www.cookcountyassessor.com

This site provides information about the Cook County Assessor's (Fritz Kaegi) office, which is responsible for assessing all property in Cook County. You can use this site to look up the assessment and characteristics of your property as well as the other 1.8 million parcels of property in the county. That information can be used as evidence in your assessment appeal at the County Assessor's Office, Board of Review and Property Tax Appeal Board. The county Assessor's site also contains information about property exemptions.

www.cookcountyboardofreview.com

This site will tell you how to file an assessment appeal at the Board of Review.

www.cookcountytreasurer.com

Cook County Treasurer's website allows you to check the status of your property tax bill, download a duplicate copy, and pay online (no fee).  Information is also available on name and address changes, refunds, exemptions and tax dates.

www.cookcountyclerk.com

Find information on redemption of delinquent property taxes that have been sold. Learn how the Clerk's office calculates tax rates based on tax levies. This site will also give you information on how to get legal descriptions of parcels and copies of tax maps. 

Effective December 2021, Cook County Clerk has assumed all operations and duties of Recorder of Deeds and that office no longer exists. Property recordings and deed search can be found at the above website.

www.state.il.us/agency/ptab

The state of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) site will provide information on how to file an assessment appeal at PTAB. ***ALERT*** Be advised that you may only file an appeal at PTAB if you have previously filed an appeal at the Cook County Board of Review for the tax year in question.