The Adams County Supervisor of Assessments office on Monday mailed out tax-exemption renewal forms that normally would have been mailed to seniors at the end of December.
The renewal forms involve both the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption and the 2013 PTAX 340 Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption. New applications for these exemptions must be filed each year, and the supervisor of assessments' office always mails out both renewal forms simultaneously.
This year's mailing was late because the Illinois Department of Revenue, which prepares the PTAX 340 form for distribution by counties, didn't release the forms until the end of last week because federal tax guidelines were slowed in being finalized this year.
Supervisor of Assessments Georgene Zimmerman said the homestead exemption form lists a Jan. 31 deadline. She said that deadline can be ignored this year because of the late mailing. She said forms will be accepted anytime this year.
First-time applicants must apply in person and supply a photocopy of the deed to their property and their birth certificate or other acceptable proof of age. Applicants must own and occupy their residence during 2013 and must be born in 1948 or before.
Any individual who has previously filed and did not receive a mailed certificate should contact Zimmerman's office at 277-2135.
Governmental properties, schools, churches and charitable institutions must file an exemption application for 2013. Demonstration home assessment applications, fraternal organization assessment freeze and veterans organization assessment freeze applications must be filed by Dec. 31.