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Property tax deferral available for seniors

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County Treasurer Christine Johnson reminds taxpayers that the March 3 deadline for application for the Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Program is rapidly approaching. Under this program, seniors who qualify can apply to defer the property taxes on their personal residences for this tax year.

Requirements for participation in the program include: a person must be 65 or older, must not have a total household income of more than $55,000; the property must be used exclusively for residential purposes; there must not be a lien against the property for unpaid real estate taxes; the taxpayer must have owned and occupied the property, or other qualifying property, as a residence for at least the past three years; and the taxpayer must show sufficient evidence that the property is insured against fire or casualty loss for at least the amount of taxes which have been deferred.

Interested seniors are urged to contact Johnson’s office at 815-895-7112 for an application or more information. Applications must be submitted to the DeKalb County Treasurer’s office by March 3 to be considered for this year’s deferral program.

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