​​Veterans with Disabilities Homestead Exemption

​What does this exemption do?
This exemption reduces the equalized assessed value (EAV) by the amount of the exemption. The reduction is as follows:

  • All EAV from the property (before taxes are calculated) for a veteran with at least a 70% service-connected disability.
  • $5,000 of EAV from the property (before taxes are calculated) for a veteran with a 50%-69% service-connected disability.
  • $2,500 of EAV from the property (before taxes are calculated) for a veteran with a 30%-49% service-connected disability.


Who can qualify for this exemption?

To qualify for the Disabled Veterans'; Standard Homestead Exemption the veteran must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an Illinois resident who has served as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty or state active duty, Illinois National Guard, or U.S. Reserve Forces, and not dishonorably discharged.
  • Have at least a 30% service-connected disability certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.
  • Must be the owner of record and occupy the house as of January 1 of the assessment year.
  • The property must have a total equalized assessed value of less than $250,000 for the primary residence.


How do I apply for this exemption?
You must apply for the exemption with the County Assessment Office.  Forms are available here (Veterans with Disabilities​ Exemption Form)​.  After the initial application is approved, you will be mailed a renewal form each subsequent year.

35ILCS 200/15-169