Senior Citizen’s Assessment Freeze (SCAFE)
Update – April 1, 2020
The County’s annual Senior Freeze mailing will not include the 2020 PTAX-340 Assessment Freeze application. The County made a decision to have applicants file the annual renewal application online.
The deadline to renew the Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze is October 1. Due to the federally-mandated extensions granted to tax filers, I anticipate an extension of the senior freeze deadline is on the horizon and I will keep you posted.
Instructions to file online are available here.
Given the current health crisis and the challenge for many seniors to file online, my office is making the paper form available below. You have the option to complete the form (please include tax schedules that have prior year carryovers) and send it back to the Cuba Township Assessor’s Office, 28000 W Cuba Road in Barrington or email all documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. My staff will file online, if you have filed for the freeze in prior years.
If this year is the first year you are filing for the Senior Freeze, please be patient and wait until we are able to receive the public in our office, or you can file online.
The Senior Freeze provides seniors with limited income protection against real estate tax increases due to rising property values. It 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 assessment, and it will potentially provide increased savings each year a senior is eligible. The base assessment used in the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption initially equals the assessed value from the prior year tax calculation. In subsequent years, if the new assessed value is lower than the original base value, the lower value becomes the new base amount.
To qualify, applicants must:
- Own the property as their principal residence for two consecutive years (January 1)
- Be age 65 or older
- Have a total household income of $65,000 or less. Household income includes the income of all persons using the property as their principal dwelling place on January 1 of the tax year.
Please note this exemption must be renewed annually. Each year in the Spring, the Chief County Assessment Office mails reminder notices to all taxpayers receiving Senior Homestead Exemptions. Applying is easy and available at the Cuba Township Assessor’s Office.
Applications are initiated at the local township office.
- First-time applicants may download the Senior Citizen’s Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption Application and bring it to the Cuba Township Assessors Office along with proof of age (Driver’s License or State ID) and proof of residency.
- Applicant may file electronically through the Smartfile E-Filing Portal or in person at the Cuba Township Assessor’s Office.
- Instructions to file electronically are available here.
Properties Held in Trust
If your property is held in a trust, we must verify you are a beneficiary of the trust. The exemptions cannot be applied without this verification. Please include a copy of the pages of the actual trust agreement that state 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.