28000 W. Cuba Road 
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General Homestead Exemption

General Homestead Exemption (GHE)


Following the Illinois Property Tax Code, this exemption lowers the equalized assessed value of the property by $8,000. These changes will be reflective for 2023 payable in 2024.

To Qualify:

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Property must be the principal residence of the owner.
  • Can only receive on one property.
  • Have lived on the property on or before January 1st of the tax year; otherwise, on new construction, the value may be prorated for the portion of the year that is was owner-occupied.

To Apply:

All applications must be submitted online through the Smartfile E-Filing Portal.  You can receive assistance by phone or in person by calling the Cuba Township Assessor’s Office at 847-381-1120.  To start the application process:

  • Go to the Chief County Assessment Office Smart E-Filing Portal at assessor.lakecountyil.gov
  • Log in to your account, create a new account, or log in as a guest
  • Click “Available Filings”
    • EX01: Homestead Exemption Application (First time applications only)
  • Click “Begin Filing” and follow the instructions


Visit the Cuba Township Assessor’s Office and provide proof of identification.

35 ILCS 200/15-175

Properties Held in Trust

When you are applying for a new exemption and the property is held in trust, we must verify that the applicant is a beneficiary of that trust. The exemptions cannot be applied without this verification. Please include a copy of that part of the actual trust agreement which states that the applicant is a beneficiary. This can usually be found on the first few pages of the trust document. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 847-381-1120.

Cuba Township

28000 W. Cuba Road
Barrington, IL 60010

Office Hours:  M–F 9am–4pm

Township Phone:  (847) 381-1924
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Assessor Phone:  (847) 381-1120
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