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SENIOR CITIZENS PROPERTY TAX DEFERRAL PROGRAM

Information and forms for the Senior Citizens Property Tax Deferral program are available from the office of Iroquois County Treasurer, Mindy Kuntz Hagan, according to an announcement made by the Treasurer's Office.

The program allows qualified senior citizens to defer all or part of their 2013 property taxes up to $5,000 on their personal residence. Applications must be filed with the Treasurer's office by March 1, 2014 in order to defer 2013 taxes billed in 2014.

To qualify, a person must be 65 or over by June 1, 2014, have a total household income of $55,000 or less, and have lived in the property for at least three years. In addition, there must be no delinquent taxes on the property.

Qualified taxpayers can defer taxes totaling up to 80 percent of the equity interest they have in the home. The program sets up a form of a loan with a six percent interest rate which doesn't become due until the taxpayer sells the property or until after the taxpayer's death.

To apply for the program, the person has to file two forms with the County Treasurer's office. The first form (IL1017 TD) asks for basic information on the taxpayer, their income and their property. It also requires that joint owners agree to the tax deferral. In addition, it requires that evidence be presented of adequate insurance on the property.

The second form (IL1018 TD) is the agreement for the tax deferral. It sets out the conditions of the deferral, including the amount which can be deferred, the interest rate and the arrangements for paying back the "loan".