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Public Act 100-0401


 

Public Act 0401 100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY



 


 
Public Act 100-0401
 
SB0473 EnrolledLRB100 05138 HLH 15148 b

    AN ACT concerning revenue.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Property Tax Code is amended by changing
Sections 15-170, 15-172, and 15-175 as follows:
 
    (35 ILCS 200/15-170)
    Sec. 15-170. Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption. An
annual homestead exemption limited, except as described here
with relation to cooperatives or life care facilities, to a
maximum reduction set forth below from the property's value, as
equalized or assessed by the Department, is granted for
property that is occupied as a residence by a person 65 years
of age or older who is liable for paying real estate taxes on
the property and is an owner of record of the property or has a
legal or equitable interest therein as evidenced by a written
instrument, except for a leasehold interest, other than a
leasehold interest of land on which a single family residence
is located, which is occupied as a residence by a person 65
years or older who has an ownership interest therein, legal,
equitable or as a lessee, and on which he or she is liable for
the payment of property taxes. Before taxable year 2004, the
maximum reduction shall be $2,500 in counties with 3,000,000 or
more inhabitants and $2,000 in all other counties. For taxable
years 2004 through 2005, the maximum reduction shall be $3,000
in all counties. For taxable years 2006 and 2007, the maximum
reduction shall be $3,500. For taxable years 2008 through 2011,
the maximum reduction is $4,000 in all counties. For taxable
year 2012, the maximum reduction is $5,000 in counties with
3,000,000 or more inhabitants and $4,000 in all other counties.
For taxable years 2013 through 2016 and thereafter, the maximum
reduction is $5,000 in all counties. For taxable years 2017 and
thereafter, the maximum reduction is $8,000 in counties with
3,000,000 or more inhabitants and $5,000 in all other counties.
    For land improved with an apartment building owned and
operated as a cooperative, the maximum reduction from the value
of the property, as equalized by the Department, shall be
multiplied by the number of apartments or units occupied by a
person 65 years of age or older who is liable, by contract with
the owner or owners of record, for paying property taxes on the
property and is an owner of record of a legal or equitable
interest in the cooperative apartment building, other than a
leasehold interest. For land improved with a life care
facility, the maximum reduction from the value of the property,
as equalized by the Department, shall be multiplied by the
number of apartments or units occupied by persons 65 years of
age or older, irrespective of any legal, equitable, or
leasehold interest in the facility, who are liable, under a
contract with the owner or owners of record of the facility,
for paying property taxes on the property. In a cooperative or
a life care facility where a homestead exemption has been
granted, the cooperative association or the management firm of
the cooperative or facility shall credit the savings resulting
from that exemption only to the apportioned tax liability of
the owner or resident who qualified for the exemption. Any
person who willfully refuses to so credit the savings shall be
guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. Under this Section and
Sections 15-175, 15-176, and 15-177, "life care facility" means
a facility, as defined in Section 2 of the Life Care Facilities
Act, with which the applicant for the homestead exemption has a
life care contract as defined in that Act.
    When a homestead exemption has been granted under this
Section and the person qualifying subsequently becomes a
resident of a facility licensed under the Assisted Living and
Shared Housing Act, the Nursing Home Care Act, the Specialized
Mental Health Rehabilitation Act of 2013, the ID/DD Community
Care Act, or the MC/DD Act, the exemption shall continue so
long as the residence continues to be occupied by the
qualifying person's spouse if the spouse is 65 years of age or
older, or if the residence remains unoccupied but is still
owned by the person qualified for the homestead exemption.
    A person who will be 65 years of age during the current
assessment year shall be eligible to apply for the homestead
exemption during that assessment year. Application shall be
made during the application period in effect for the county of
his residence.
    Beginning with assessment year 2003, for taxes payable in
2004, property that is first occupied as a residence after
January 1 of any assessment year by a person who is eligible
for the senior citizens homestead exemption under this Section
must be granted a pro-rata exemption for the assessment year.
The amount of the pro-rata exemption is the exemption allowed
in the county under this Section divided by 365 and multiplied
by the number of days during the assessment year the property
is occupied as a residence by a person eligible for the
exemption under this Section. The chief county assessment
officer must adopt reasonable procedures to establish
eligibility for this pro-rata exemption.
    The assessor or chief county assessment officer may
determine the eligibility of a life care facility to receive
the benefits provided by this Section, by affidavit,
application, visual inspection, questionnaire or other
reasonable methods in order to insure that the tax savings
resulting from the exemption are credited by the management
firm to the apportioned tax liability of each qualifying
resident. The assessor may request reasonable proof that the
management firm has so credited the exemption.
    The chief county assessment officer of each county with
less than 3,000,000 inhabitants shall provide to each person
allowed a homestead exemption under this Section a form to
designate any other person to receive a duplicate of any notice
of delinquency in the payment of taxes assessed and levied
under this Code on the property of the person receiving the
exemption. The duplicate notice shall be in addition to the
notice required to be provided to the person receiving the
exemption, and shall be given in the manner required by this
Code. The person filing the request for the duplicate notice
shall pay a fee of $5 to cover administrative costs to the
supervisor of assessments, who shall then file the executed
designation with the county collector. Notwithstanding any
other provision of this Code to the contrary, the filing of
such an executed designation requires the county collector to
provide duplicate notices as indicated by the designation. A
designation may be rescinded by the person who executed such
designation at any time, in the manner and form required by the
chief county assessment officer.
    The assessor or chief county assessment officer may
determine the eligibility of residential property to receive
the homestead exemption provided by this Section by
application, visual inspection, questionnaire or other
reasonable methods. The determination shall be made in
accordance with guidelines established by the Department.
    In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, beginning
in taxable year 2010, each taxpayer who has been granted an
exemption under this Section must reapply on an annual basis.
The chief county assessment officer shall mail the application
to the taxpayer. In counties with less than 3,000,000
inhabitants, the county board may by resolution provide that if
a person has been granted a homestead exemption under this
Section, the person qualifying need not reapply for the
exemption.
    In counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, if the
assessor or chief county assessment officer requires annual
application for verification of eligibility for an exemption
once granted under this Section, the application shall be
mailed to the taxpayer.
    The assessor or chief county assessment officer shall
notify each person who qualifies for an exemption under this
Section that the person may also qualify for deferral of real
estate taxes under the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral
Act. The notice shall set forth the qualifications needed for
deferral of real estate taxes, the address and telephone number
of county collector, and a statement that applications for
deferral of real estate taxes may be obtained from the county
collector.
    Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates Act,
no reimbursement by the State is required for the
implementation of any mandate created by this Section.
(Source: P.A. 98-7, eff. 4-23-13; 98-104, eff. 7-22-13; 98-756,
eff. 7-16-14; 99-180, eff. 7-29-15.)
 
    (35 ILCS 200/15-172)
    Sec. 15-172. Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead
Exemption.
    (a) This Section may be cited as the Senior Citizens
Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption.
    (b) As used in this Section:
    "Applicant" means an individual who has filed an
application under this Section.
    "Base amount" means the base year equalized assessed value
of the residence plus the first year's equalized assessed value
of any added improvements which increased the assessed value of
the residence after the base year.
    "Base year" means the taxable year prior to the taxable
year for which the applicant first qualifies and applies for
the exemption provided that in the prior taxable year the
property was improved with a permanent structure that was
occupied as a residence by the applicant who was liable for
paying real property taxes on the property and who was either
(i) an owner of record of the property or had legal or
equitable interest in the property as evidenced by a written
instrument or (ii) had a legal or equitable interest as a
lessee in the parcel of property that was single family
residence. If in any subsequent taxable year for which the
applicant applies and qualifies for the exemption the equalized
assessed value of the residence is less than the equalized
assessed value in the existing base year (provided that such
equalized assessed value is not based on an assessed value that
results from a temporary irregularity in the property that
reduces the assessed value for one or more taxable years), then
that subsequent taxable year shall become the base year until a
new base year is established under the terms of this paragraph.
For taxable year 1999 only, the Chief County Assessment Officer
shall review (i) all taxable years for which the applicant
applied and qualified for the exemption and (ii) the existing
base year. The assessment officer shall select as the new base
year the year with the lowest equalized assessed value. An
equalized assessed value that is based on an assessed value
that results from a temporary irregularity in the property that
reduces the assessed value for one or more taxable years shall
not be considered the lowest equalized assessed value. The
selected year shall be the base year for taxable year 1999 and
thereafter until a new base year is established under the terms
of this paragraph.
    "Chief County Assessment Officer" means the County
Assessor or Supervisor of Assessments of the county in which
the property is located.
    "Equalized assessed value" means the assessed value as
equalized by the Illinois Department of Revenue.
    "Household" means the applicant, the spouse of the
applicant, and all persons using the residence of the applicant
as their principal place of residence.
    "Household income" means the combined income of the members
of a household for the calendar year preceding the taxable
year.
    "Income" has the same meaning as provided in Section 3.07
of the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Property
Tax Relief Act, except that, beginning in assessment year 2001,
"income" does not include veteran's benefits.
    "Internal Revenue Code of 1986" means the United States
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor law or laws
relating to federal income taxes in effect for the year
preceding the taxable year.
    "Life care facility that qualifies as a cooperative" means
a facility as defined in Section 2 of the Life Care Facilities
Act.
    "Maximum income limitation" means:
        (1) $35,000 prior to taxable year 1999;
        (2) $40,000 in taxable years 1999 through 2003;
        (3) $45,000 in taxable years 2004 through 2005;
        (4) $50,000 in taxable years 2006 and 2007; and
        (5) $55,000 in taxable years 2008 through 2016; year
    2008 and thereafter.
        (6) for taxable year 2017, (i) $65,000 for qualified
    property located in a county with 3,000,000 or more
    inhabitants and (ii) $55,000 for qualified property
    located in a county with fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants;
    and
        (7) for taxable years 2018 and thereafter, $65,000 for
    all qualified property.
    "Residence" means the principal dwelling place and
appurtenant structures used for residential purposes in this
State occupied on January 1 of the taxable year by a household
and so much of the surrounding land, constituting the parcel
upon which the dwelling place is situated, as is used for
residential purposes. If the Chief County Assessment Officer
has established a specific legal description for a portion of
property constituting the residence, then that portion of
property shall be deemed the residence for the purposes of this
Section.
    "Taxable year" means the calendar year during which ad
valorem property taxes payable in the next succeeding year are
levied.
    (c) Beginning in taxable year 1994, a senior citizens
assessment freeze homestead exemption is granted for real
property that is improved with a permanent structure that is
occupied as a residence by an applicant who (i) is 65 years of
age or older during the taxable year, (ii) has a household
income that does not exceed the maximum income limitation,
(iii) is liable for paying real property taxes on the property,
and (iv) is an owner of record of the property or has a legal or
equitable interest in the property as evidenced by a written
instrument. This homestead exemption shall also apply to a
leasehold interest in a parcel of property improved with a
permanent structure that is a single family residence that is
occupied as a residence by a person who (i) is 65 years of age
or older during the taxable year, (ii) has a household income
that does not exceed the maximum income limitation, (iii) has a
legal or equitable ownership interest in the property as
lessee, and (iv) is liable for the payment of real property
taxes on that property.
    In counties of 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the amount of
the exemption for all taxable years is the equalized assessed
value of the residence in the taxable year for which
application is made minus the base amount. In all other
counties, the amount of the exemption is as follows: (i)
through taxable year 2005 and for taxable year 2007 and
thereafter, the amount of this exemption shall be the equalized
assessed value of the residence in the taxable year for which
application is made minus the base amount; and (ii) for taxable
year 2006, the amount of the exemption is as follows:
        (1) For an applicant who has a household income of
    $45,000 or less, the amount of the exemption is the
    equalized assessed value of the residence in the taxable
    year for which application is made minus the base amount.
        (2) For an applicant who has a household income
    exceeding $45,000 but not exceeding $46,250, the amount of
    the exemption is (i) the equalized assessed value of the
    residence in the taxable year for which application is made
    minus the base amount (ii) multiplied by 0.8.
        (3) For an applicant who has a household income
    exceeding $46,250 but not exceeding $47,500, the amount of
    the exemption is (i) the equalized assessed value of the
    residence in the taxable year for which application is made
    minus the base amount (ii) multiplied by 0.6.
        (4) For an applicant who has a household income
    exceeding $47,500 but not exceeding $48,750, the amount of
    the exemption is (i) the equalized assessed value of the
    residence in the taxable year for which application is made
    minus the base amount (ii) multiplied by 0.4.
        (5) For an applicant who has a household income
    exceeding $48,750 but not exceeding $50,000, the amount of
    the exemption is (i) the equalized assessed value of the
    residence in the taxable year for which application is made
    minus the base amount (ii) multiplied by 0.2.
    When the applicant is a surviving spouse of an applicant
for a prior year for the same residence for which an exemption
under this Section has been granted, the base year and base
amount for that residence are the same as for the applicant for
the prior year.
    Each year at the time the assessment books are certified to
the County Clerk, the Board of Review or Board of Appeals shall
give to the County Clerk a list of the assessed values of
improvements on each parcel qualifying for this exemption that
were added after the base year for this parcel and that
increased the assessed value of the property.
    In the case of land improved with an apartment building
owned and operated as a cooperative or a building that is a
life care facility that qualifies as a cooperative, the maximum
reduction from the equalized assessed value of the property is
limited to the sum of the reductions calculated for each unit
occupied as a residence by a person or persons (i) 65 years of
age or older, (ii) with a household income that does not exceed
the maximum income limitation, (iii) who is liable, by contract
with the owner or owners of record, for paying real property
taxes on the property, and (iv) who is an owner of record of a
legal or equitable interest in the cooperative apartment
building, other than a leasehold interest. In the instance of a
cooperative where a homestead exemption has been granted under
this Section, the cooperative association or its management
firm shall credit the savings resulting from that exemption
only to the apportioned tax liability of the owner who
qualified for the exemption. Any person who willfully refuses
to credit that savings to an owner who qualifies for the
exemption is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    When a homestead exemption has been granted under this
Section and an applicant then becomes a resident of a facility
licensed under the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act, the
Nursing Home Care Act, the Specialized Mental Health
Rehabilitation Act of 2013, the ID/DD Community Care Act, or
the MC/DD Act, the exemption shall be granted in subsequent
years so long as the residence (i) continues to be occupied by
the qualified applicant's spouse or (ii) if remaining
unoccupied, is still owned by the qualified applicant for the
homestead exemption.
    Beginning January 1, 1997, when an individual dies who
would have qualified for an exemption under this Section, and
the surviving spouse does not independently qualify for this
exemption because of age, the exemption under this Section
shall be granted to the surviving spouse for the taxable year
preceding and the taxable year of the death, provided that,
except for age, the surviving spouse meets all other
qualifications for the granting of this exemption for those
years.
    When married persons maintain separate residences, the
exemption provided for in this Section may be claimed by only
one of such persons and for only one residence.
    For taxable year 1994 only, in counties having less than
3,000,000 inhabitants, to receive the exemption, a person shall
submit an application by February 15, 1995 to the Chief County
Assessment Officer of the county in which the property is
located. In counties having 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, for
taxable year 1994 and all subsequent taxable years, to receive
the exemption, a person may submit an application to the Chief
County Assessment Officer of the county in which the property
is located during such period as may be specified by the Chief
County Assessment Officer. The Chief County Assessment Officer
in counties of 3,000,000 or more inhabitants shall annually
give notice of the application period by mail or by
publication. In counties having less than 3,000,000
inhabitants, beginning with taxable year 1995 and thereafter,
to receive the exemption, a person shall submit an application
by July 1 of each taxable year to the Chief County Assessment
Officer of the county in which the property is located. A
county may, by ordinance, establish a date for submission of
applications that is different than July 1. The applicant shall
submit with the application an affidavit of the applicant's
total household income, age, marital status (and if married the
name and address of the applicant's spouse, if known), and
principal dwelling place of members of the household on January
1 of the taxable year. The Department shall establish, by rule,
a method for verifying the accuracy of affidavits filed by
applicants under this Section, and the Chief County Assessment
Officer may conduct audits of any taxpayer claiming an
exemption under this Section to verify that the taxpayer is
eligible to receive the exemption. Each application shall
contain or be verified by a written declaration that it is made
under the penalties of perjury. A taxpayer's signing a
fraudulent application under this Act is perjury, as defined in
Section 32-2 of the Criminal Code of 2012. The applications
shall be clearly marked as applications for the Senior Citizens
Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption and must contain a notice
that any taxpayer who receives the exemption is subject to an
audit by the Chief County Assessment Officer.
    Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, in
counties having fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants, if an
applicant fails to file the application required by this
Section in a timely manner and this failure to file is 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. In order to receive the extension
provided in this paragraph, the applicant shall provide the
Chief County Assessment Officer with a signed statement from
the applicant's physician, advanced practice nurse, or
physician assistant stating the nature and extent of the
condition, that, in the physician's, advanced practice
nurse's, or physician assistant'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.
    Beginning January 1, 1998, notwithstanding any other
provision to the contrary, in counties having fewer than
3,000,000 inhabitants, if an applicant fails to file the
application required by this Section in a timely manner and
this failure to file is 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 3 months. In order to receive the extension provided in this
paragraph, the applicant shall provide the Chief County
Assessment Officer with a signed statement from the applicant's
physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant
stating the nature and extent of the condition, and that, in
the physician's, advanced practice nurse's, or physician
assistant's opinion, the condition was so severe that it
rendered the applicant incapable of filing the application in a
timely manner.
    In counties having less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, if an
applicant was denied an exemption in taxable year 1994 and the
denial occurred due to an error on the part of an assessment
official, or his or her agent or employee, then beginning in
taxable year 1997 the applicant's base year, for purposes of
determining the amount of the exemption, shall be 1993 rather
than 1994. In addition, in taxable year 1997, the applicant's
exemption shall also include an amount equal to (i) the amount
of any exemption denied to the applicant in taxable year 1995
as a result of using 1994, rather than 1993, as the base year,
(ii) the amount of any exemption denied to the applicant in
taxable year 1996 as a result of using 1994, rather than 1993,
as the base year, and (iii) the amount of the exemption
erroneously denied for taxable year 1994.
    For purposes of this Section, a person who will be 65 years
of age during the current taxable year shall be eligible to
apply for the homestead exemption during that taxable year.
Application shall be made during the application period in
effect for the county of his or her residence.
    The Chief County Assessment Officer may determine the
eligibility of a life care facility that qualifies as a
cooperative to receive the benefits provided by this Section by
use of an affidavit, application, visual inspection,
questionnaire, or other reasonable method in order to insure
that the tax savings resulting from the exemption are credited
by the management firm to the apportioned tax liability of each
qualifying resident. The Chief County Assessment Officer may
request reasonable proof that the management firm has so
credited that exemption.
    Except as provided in this Section, all information
received by the chief county assessment officer or the
Department from applications filed under this Section, or from
any investigation conducted under the provisions of this
Section, shall be confidential, except for official purposes or
pursuant to official procedures for collection of any State or
local tax or enforcement of any civil or criminal penalty or
sanction imposed by this Act or by any statute or ordinance
imposing a State or local tax. Any person who divulges any such
information in any manner, except in accordance with a proper
judicial order, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    Nothing contained in this Section shall prevent the
Director or chief county assessment officer from publishing or
making available reasonable statistics concerning the
operation of the exemption contained in this Section in which
the contents of claims are grouped into aggregates in such a
way that information contained in any individual claim shall
not be disclosed.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for taxable
year 2017 and thereafter, in counties of 3,000,000 or more
inhabitants, the amount of the exemption shall be the greater
of (i) the amount of the exemption otherwise calculated under
this Section or (ii) $2,000.
    (d) Each Chief County Assessment Officer shall annually
publish a notice of availability of the exemption provided
under this Section. The notice shall be published at least 60
days but no more than 75 days prior to the date on which the
application must be submitted to the Chief County Assessment
Officer of the county in which the property is located. The
notice shall appear in a newspaper of general circulation in
the county.
    Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates Act,
no reimbursement by the State is required for the
implementation of any mandate created by this Section.
(Source: P.A. 98-104, eff. 7-22-13; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15;
99-180, eff. 7-29-15; 99-581, eff. 1-1-17; 99-642, eff.
7-28-16.)
 
    (35 ILCS 200/15-175)
    Sec. 15-175. General homestead exemption.
    (a) Except as provided in Sections 15-176 and 15-177,
homestead property is entitled to an annual homestead exemption
limited, except as described here with relation to
cooperatives, to a reduction in the equalized assessed value of
homestead property equal to the increase in equalized assessed
value for the current assessment year above the equalized
assessed value of the property for 1977, up to the maximum
reduction set forth below. If however, the 1977 equalized
assessed value upon which taxes were paid is subsequently
determined by local assessing officials, the Property Tax
Appeal Board, or a court to have been excessive, the equalized
assessed value which should have been placed on the property
for 1977 shall be used to determine the amount of the
exemption.
    (b) Except as provided in Section 15-176, the maximum
reduction before taxable year 2004 shall be $4,500 in counties
with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants and $3,500 in all other
counties. Except as provided in Sections 15-176 and 15-177, for
taxable years 2004 through 2007, the maximum reduction shall be
$5,000, for taxable year 2008, the maximum reduction is $5,500,
and, for taxable years 2009 through 2011, the maximum reduction
is $6,000 in all counties. For taxable years 2012 through 2016
and thereafter, the maximum reduction is $7,000 in counties
with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants and $6,000 in all other
counties. For taxable years 2017 and thereafter, the maximum
reduction is $10,000 in counties with 3,000,000 or more
inhabitants and $6,000 in all other counties. If a county has
elected to subject itself to the provisions of Section 15-176
as provided in subsection (k) of that Section, then, for the
first taxable year only after the provisions of Section 15-176
no longer apply, for owners who, for the taxable year, have not
been granted a senior citizens assessment freeze homestead
exemption under Section 15-172 or a long-time occupant
homestead exemption under Section 15-177, there shall be an
additional exemption of $5,000 for owners with a household
income of $30,000 or less.
    (c) In counties with fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants, if,
based on the most recent assessment, the equalized assessed
value of the homestead property for the current assessment year
is greater than the equalized assessed value of the property
for 1977, the owner of the property shall automatically receive
the exemption granted under this Section in an amount equal to
the increase over the 1977 assessment up to the maximum
reduction set forth in this Section.
    (d) If in any assessment year beginning with the 2000
assessment year, homestead property has a pro-rata valuation
under Section 9-180 resulting in an increase in the assessed
valuation, a reduction in equalized assessed valuation equal to
the increase in equalized assessed value of the property for
the year of the pro-rata valuation above the equalized assessed
value of the property for 1977 shall be applied to the property
on a proportionate basis for the period the property qualified
as homestead property during the assessment year. The maximum
proportionate homestead exemption shall not exceed the maximum
homestead exemption allowed in the county under this Section
divided by 365 and multiplied by the number of days the
property qualified as homestead property.
    (d-1) In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, where
the chief county assessment officer provides a notice of
discovery, if a property is not occupied by its owner as a
principal residence as of January 1 of the current tax year,
then the property owner shall notify the chief county
assessment officer of that fact on a form prescribed by the
chief county assessment officer. That notice must be received
by the chief county assessment officer on or before March 1 of
the collection year. If mailed, the form shall be sent by
certified mail, return receipt requested. If the form is
provided in person, the chief county assessment officer shall
provide a date stamped copy of the notice. Failure to provide
timely notice pursuant to this subsection (d-1) shall result in
the exemption being treated as an erroneous exemption. Upon
timely receipt of the notice for the current tax year, no
exemption shall be applied to the property for the current tax
year. If the exemption is not removed upon timely receipt of
the notice by the chief assessment officer, then the error is
considered granted as a result of a clerical error or omission
on the part of the chief county assessment officer as described
in subsection (h) of Section 9-275, and the property owner
shall not be liable for the payment of interest and penalties
due to the erroneous exemption for the current tax year for
which the notice was filed after the date that notice was
timely received pursuant to this subsection. Notice provided
under this subsection shall not constitute a defense or amnesty
for prior year erroneous exemptions.
    For the purposes of this subsection (d-1):
    "Collection year" means the year in which the first and
second installment of the current tax year is billed.
    "Current tax year" means the year prior to the collection
year.
    (e) The chief county assessment officer may, when
considering whether to grant a leasehold exemption under this
Section, require the following conditions to be met:
        (1) that a notarized application for the exemption,
    signed by both the owner and the lessee of the property,
    must be submitted each year during the application period
    in effect for the county in which the property is located;
        (2) that a copy of the lease must be filed with the
    chief county assessment officer by the owner of the
    property at the time the notarized application is
    submitted;
        (3) that the lease must expressly state that the lessee
    is liable for the payment of property taxes; and
        (4) that the lease must include the following language
    in substantially the following form:
            "Lessee shall be liable for the payment of real
        estate taxes with respect to the residence in
        accordance with the terms and conditions of Section
        15-175 of the Property Tax Code (35 ILCS 200/15-175).
        The permanent real estate index number for the premises
        is (insert number), and, according to the most recent
        property tax bill, the current amount of real estate
        taxes associated with the premises is (insert amount)
        per year. The parties agree that the monthly rent set
        forth above shall be increased or decreased pro rata
        (effective January 1 of each calendar year) to reflect
        any increase or decrease in real estate taxes. Lessee
        shall be deemed to be satisfying Lessee's liability for
        the above mentioned real estate taxes with the monthly
        rent payments as set forth above (or increased or
        decreased as set forth herein).".
    In addition, if there is a change in lessee, or if the
lessee vacates the property, then the chief county assessment
officer may require the owner of the property to notify the
chief county assessment officer of that change.
    This subsection (e) does not apply to leasehold interests
in property owned by a municipality.
    (f) "Homestead property" under this Section includes
residential property that is occupied by its owner or owners as
his or their principal dwelling place, or that is a leasehold
interest on which a single family residence is situated, which
is occupied as a residence by a person who has an ownership
interest therein, legal or equitable or as a lessee, and on
which the person is liable for the payment of property taxes.
For land improved with an apartment building owned and operated
as a cooperative or a building which is a life care facility as
defined in Section 15-170 and considered to be a cooperative
under Section 15-170, the maximum reduction from the equalized
assessed value shall be limited to the increase in the value
above the equalized assessed value of the property for 1977, up
to the maximum reduction set forth above, multiplied by the
number of apartments or units occupied by a person or persons
who is liable, by contract with the owner or owners of record,
for paying property taxes on the property and is an owner of
record of a legal or equitable interest in the cooperative
apartment building, other than a leasehold interest. For
purposes of this Section, the term "life care facility" has the
meaning stated in Section 15-170.
    "Household", as used in this Section, means the owner, the
spouse of the owner, and all persons using the residence of the
owner as their principal place of residence.
    "Household income", as used in this Section, means the
combined income of the members of a household for the calendar
year preceding the taxable year.
    "Income", as used in this Section, has the same meaning as
provided in Section 3.07 of the Senior Citizens and Persons
with Disabilities Property Tax Relief Act, except that "income"
does not include veteran's benefits.
    (g) In a cooperative where a homestead exemption has been
granted, the cooperative association or its management firm
shall credit the savings resulting from that exemption only to
the apportioned tax liability of the owner who qualified for
the exemption. Any person who willfully refuses to so credit
the savings shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    (h) Where married persons maintain and reside in separate
residences qualifying as homestead property, each residence
shall receive 50% of the total reduction in equalized assessed
valuation provided by this Section.
    (i) In all counties, the assessor or chief county
assessment officer may determine the eligibility of
residential property to receive the homestead exemption and the
amount of the exemption by application, visual inspection,
questionnaire or other reasonable methods. The determination
shall be made in accordance with guidelines established by the
Department, provided that the taxpayer applying for an
additional general exemption under this Section shall submit to
the chief county assessment officer an application with an
affidavit of the applicant's total household income, age,
marital status (and, if married, the name and address of the
applicant's spouse, if known), and principal dwelling place of
members of the household on January 1 of the taxable year. The
Department shall issue guidelines establishing a method for
verifying the accuracy of the affidavits filed by applicants
under this paragraph. The applications shall be clearly marked
as applications for the Additional General Homestead
Exemption.
    (i-5) This subsection (i-5) applies to counties with
3,000,000 or more inhabitants. In the event of a sale of
homestead property, the homestead exemption shall remain in
effect for the remainder of the assessment year of the sale.
Upon receipt of a transfer declaration transmitted by the
recorder pursuant to Section 31-30 of the Real Estate Transfer
Tax Law for property receiving an exemption under this Section,
the assessor shall mail a notice and forms to the new owner of
the property providing information pertaining to the rules and
applicable filing periods for applying or reapplying for
homestead exemptions under this Code for which the property may
be eligible. If the new owner fails to apply or reapply for a
homestead exemption during the applicable filing period or the
property no longer qualifies for an existing homestead
exemption, the assessor shall cancel such exemption for any
ensuing assessment year.
    (j) In counties with fewer than 3,000,000 inhabitants, in
the event of a sale of homestead property the homestead
exemption shall remain in effect for the remainder of the
assessment year of the sale. The assessor or chief county
assessment officer may require the new owner of the property to
apply for the homestead exemption for the following assessment
year.
    (k) Notwithstanding Sections 6 and 8 of the State Mandates
Act, no reimbursement by the State is required for the
implementation of any mandate created by this Section.
(Source: P.A. 98-7, eff. 4-23-13; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13; 99-143,
eff. 7-27-15; 99-164, eff. 7-28-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16;
99-851, eff. 8-19-16.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/25/2017