Veterans Homeowner Exemptions for Cook County

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The Cook County Assessor’s Office administers property tax exemptions that may lower a veteran’s property tax bill.

For veterans returning from active duty in armed conflict, the Returning Veterans Exemption provides a $5,000 reduction in the equalized assessed value of their property for the taxable year in which they return.

The Homestead Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities is for veterans with a service-connected disability as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The exemption reduces by certain amounts the Equalized Assessed Value (EAV) on the primary residence of a veteran with a disability, very likely lowering the tax bill. The amounts of those EAV deductions depend on the level of disability. Veterans 70% or more disabled receive an EAV reduction of $250,000, and because of this can be totally exempt from property taxes on their home.

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