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STATE OF ILLINOIS VETERANS' BENEFITS

BONUS PAYMENT

World War II. A bonus of $10 per month for domestic service and $15 per month for foreign service is payable to a veteran who was a resident of Illinois at time of entering service, served at least 60 days on active duty between September 16, 1940 and September 3, 1945, and received an honorable discharge. Survivors are entitled to a benefit of $1,000, if the veteran's death was service-connected and within the period specified.

Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Conflict Bonus. A $100 bonus is payable for service during one of the following periods:

Korea - June 27, 1950 - July 27, 1953

Vietnam - January 1, 1961 - March 28, 1973

Vietnam Frequent Wind - April 29, 30, 1975

Persian Gulf - August 2, 1990 - November 30, 1995.

The claimant must also be in receipt of one of the following medals: Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Era or the Southwest Asia Service Medal; and have been a resident of Illinois for 12 months immediately prior to entering service and have received an Honorable Discharge. (Individuals currently on active duty who served in the Persian Gulf may apply prior to discharge by also including the "Armed Forces Certificate".)

You can download a copy of the bonus application in PDF format, print it out, fill it in, and mail it to us.

Vietnam Veteran Survivors Compensation-Survivors are entitled to a payment of $1,000 if veteran's death is service-connected or is the direct result of service-connected disabilities incurred in the period specified. A separate application is required.

POW Compensation. Persons on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States or employed by the United States Government on, or after, January 1, 1961, who were residents of Illinois 12 months prior to entry, and who were taken and held prisoner by hostile forces in Southwest Asia, are entitled to $50 for each month or portion thereof while being held captive.

Survivors' Compensation. A $1,000 bonus is payable to survivors of certain persons killed by terrorist acts or hostile activities during performance of military service in periods recognized as wartime by United States campaign or service medals. Residency of 1 year in Illinois prior to entering military service is required.

BURIAL BENEFITS

Cartage and Erection Fees. When the federal government has furnished a headstone or marker, the ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS shall pay up to the allowable reimbursement amount for the setting of such marker within Illinois. Currently, the maximum amount is $100.00 payable upon approval of the application.

Graves Registration. The ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS shall

maintain a card file Roll of Honor of all veterans buried in the State of Illinois. Every person, firm or corporation owning or controlling any cemetery or burial place in this State is required to keep a permanent record of the burial of each U.S. war veteran or memorial marker erected for this purpose.

Indigent Veterans. The county Veterans Assistance Commission shall provide burial for any honorably discharged indigent veteran, or their mothers, fathers, spouse or surviving spouse, or minor children without sufficient means to defray the funeral expenses. The expense of such burial shall not exceed the sum of $600. Emergency food, transportation, etc. are provided in certain cases. Please contact your local county Veterans Assistance Commission for more information.

EDUCATION

Educational Opportunities for Children (10-18 Yrs). Financial aid is provided annually to each child between the ages of 10 and 18 years of a veteran who died or became totally disabled as a result of service in the Armed Forces during World War I, or II, the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts or beginning February 1, 1955, until such individuals are no longer eligible for induction under the Universal Military Training and Service Act. The financial aid applies to a state educational institution of elementary grade, high school or vocational training school.

MIA/POW Scholarship.Dependents of a veteran who has been declared by the Department of Defense or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be a prisoner of war; missing-in-action; to have died as the result of a service-connected disability; or be permanently disabled from service-connected causes with 100% disability; and, who was an Illinois resident or was an Illinois resident within six months of entering service may be eligible for the scholarship. Eligible dependents are entitled to full payment of tuition and certain fees to any state supported Illinois institution of higher learning consisting of the equivalent of four (4) calendar years of full-time enrollment including summer terms (i.e., 120 points).

State Approving Agency. Approves training for veterans in the areas of higher education, apprenticeship training, vocational training, and on the job training.

Veterans' Grant. The Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program pays tuition and certain fees at all Illinois state-supported colleges, universities and community colleges for Illinois residents. An individual must:

· be an honorably discharged veteran; and

· reside in Illinois six months before entering the service; and

· have at least one full year of active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces which includes veterans who were assigned to active duty in a foreign country in a time of hostilities in that country, regardless of length of service; and

· return to Illinois within six months of discharge from the service.

Applications and additional information are available from field offices of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, college financial aid offices or the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, 1755 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, 60015, telephone 847/948-8550 or 800/899-ISAC, web site address www.collegezone.com.

Illinois National Guard Scholarship. Any enlisted person or Lieutenant or Captain with at least one (1) year service in the Illinois Army/Air National Guard may participate. Available for eight (8) semesters or twelve (12) quarters of full-time or part-time undergraduate study or graduate study at any Illinois state-controlled university or community college. Recipient is entitled to payment of tuition and certain fees. Applications and information on the scholarship may be obtained from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, 1755 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, Illinois, 60015, telephone 847/948-8550 or 800/899-ISAC, web site address www.collegezone.com.

Children of Veterans Scholarship Each county in the state shall be entitled, annually, to one honorary scholarship at the University of Illinois, for the benefit of children of veterans of WWI, WWII, Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict and any time on or after August 2, 1990 and until those persons in service are no longer eligible for the Southwest Asia Service Medal. Preference is given to the children of deceased and disabled veterans. Such children shall be entitled to receive, without charge for tuition, instruction in any or all departments of the University for a term of at least four (4) consecutive years. Details may be obtained from the University's Financial Aid Office.

EMPLOYMENT

State Government/Employment Preference. Preference is given in Central Management Services entrance examinations to honorably discharged veterans who served in times of hostilities and peacetime. Contact the Veterans Outreach Program for more information at (217)524-1313 or (800)643-8138.

Jobs for Vets.The Department of Employment Security/Illinois Job Service provides a trained "Veterans Representative" to help you get the training and job you need. An electronic statewide job search information system is available at different locations throughout the State of Illinois. Contact your local Employment Security office for more information.

The Department of Human Services provides services for veterans with mental/physical disabilities that assist them in returning to gainful employment.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs have a number of Small Business Administration loan and Job Training Programs.

REAL ESTATE

Tax Exemption. This exemption is allowed on the assessed value of real property for which federal funds have been used for the purchase or construction of specially adapted housing for as long as the veteran, or the spouse, or unmarried surviving spouse resides on the property.

Specially Adapted Housing. Assistance is provided for service-connected disabled veterans for the purpose of acquiring or remodeling suitable dwelling units with special fixtures or moveable facilities made necessary by the veteran's permanent and total service-connected disabilities.

Tax Exemption for Mobile Home. This exemption applies to the tax imposed by the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Act when that property is owned and used exclusively by a disabled veteran, spouse or unmarried surviving spouse as a home. The veteran must have received authorization of the Specially Adapted Housing Grant by the USDVA, whether benefit was used or not. Applicant must be a permanent resident of the State of Illinois on January 1 of the tax year for which the exemption is being claimed. Disabled veterans that now live in a mobile home and never received the Specially Adapted Housing Grant are not eligible. Please contact your local service office for more information.

VETERANS' HOMES AT ANNA, LASALLE, MANTENO AND QUINCY

Quality nursing and health care services are provided for Illinois Veterans with military service of one (1) day or more during WW I, WW II, the Korean or Vietnam conflicts, or during any period of time now, or in the future, recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a period of war. The veteran must have either been an Illinois resident upon entering the service, or have resided in the State of Illinois for one (1) year preceding application for admittance into a Veterans' Home. Peacetime veterans with one (1) year of HONORABLE military service may also be eligible. OTHER QUALIFYING CONDITIONS, AS REQUIRED, MUST BE MET. A spouse, or surviving spouse, may also qualify for admittance to the Quincy Veterans' Home.

Since each of the Veterans' Homes specialize in a variety of health care and social services, each Home provides a special brochure describing the human services available.

You may receive any one or all of the Veterans' Home brochures from any of the Veterans Service Offices listed in this brochure or from the Department of Veterans' Affairs Central Office.

PERMITS

Camping & Admission Fees. This benefit provides for the exemption of camping and admission fees for certain disabled persons and former prisoners of war who are Illinois residents and wish to camp in parks under the control of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Documentation is required.

Hunting and Fishing Privileges. Fishing and hunting licenses are not required for disabled veterans who are Illinois residents and receiving 10% or greater service-connected compensation, or total disability pension benefits. To acquire a permit, contact your local Veterans Service office.

State Fair. Honorably discharged veterans of all ages and their families shall be admitted FREE, when they properly identify themselves, on Veterans' Day at the fair. Veterans Day includes a day-long program of drum corps, drill teams, and color guard competition. Admission is FREE to people 60 and older on Senior Day.

Necessary Documents to File Claims. Certificate of Discharge DD 214, death certificate, marriage license, insurance policies and in some cases medical documentation.

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New Tax Exemption in Illinois

Week of November 26, 2007

Local tax assessors in Illinois are getting ready for what could be an onslaught of applications filed by Illinois veterans seeking a tax break in the weeks ahead. Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill into law last month that provides homestead tax exemptions for disabled veterans and for veterans returning home this year from active duty. All applicants must be Illinois residents who have 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 honorably discharged. For more information, contact your local Illinois tax assessor's office. For more information on benefits for Illinois veterans, visit the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs website.

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SSGMike, Can you tell me if this tax break applies for all disabled vets,or just those currently in the military coming back?

Thank you!

State benefits are for all Veterans and your deducation usually is based on [a] that you are a Veteran b] served in a combat zone [c] are combat wounded [d] are a disabled Veteran.

You have to read the state benefits and tax information provided by your state. Usually the states have the forms on the website for you to fill and submit.

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This is it!

More Illinois veterans and disabled persons will be eligible for property tax relief as a result of legislation that was passed into law on October 17, 2007. Public Act 95-0644 creates three new homestead exemptions for Illinois’ disabled citizens and qualifying veterans. The legislation also expands current homestead exemptions to provide property tax relief for qualifying Illinois’ homeowners and senior citizens.

Three new homestead exemptions will take effect for the 2007 tax year (property taxes paid in 2008).

The new Returning Veterans’ Homestead Exemption (35 ILCS 200/15-167)provides a one-time $5,000 reduction in a property’s equalized assessed value (EAV) to qualifying veterans who return from active duty in an armed conflict involving the armed forces of the United States. To receive this exemption, the veteran must file an application upon their return home.

The new Disabled Persons’ Homestead Exemption (35 ILCS 200/15-168)

provides a $2,000 reduction in a property’s EAV to a qualifying property owned by a disabled person. A disabled person must file an annual application by the county’s due date to continue to receive this exemption.

The new Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption (35 ILCS

200/15-169) provides a reduction in a property’s EAV to a qualifying property owned by a veteran with a service-connected disability certified by the U. S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. A $2,500 homestead exemption is available to a veteran with a service-connected disability of at least 50% but less than 75% or a $5,000 homestead exemption is available to a veteran with a serviceconnected disability of at least 75%. A disabled veteran must file an annual application by the county’s due date to continue to receive this exemption.

The current Disabled Veterans’ Homestead Exemption (35 ILCS 200/15-165)

that provides up to a $70,000 reduction in assessed value for federally-approved specially adapted housing will continue to be available through the local Affairs Office.

A disabled person’s or disabled veteran’s property can receive only one of the following exemptions each year: Disabled Veterans’ Exemption (35 ILCS 200/15-165), Disabled Persons’ Homestead Exemption (35 ILCS 200/ 15-168) or the Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption (35 ILCS 200/15-169).

The increase in the current homestead exemptions will provide additional

property tax relief for some Illinois homeowners and senior citizens.

The maximum reduction on a property’s EAV for the current General

Homestead Exemption (35 ILCS 200/15-175) on owner-occupied residences

will increase from $5,000 to $5,500 for the 2008 tax year (property taxes paid in 2009), and increase again to $6,000 for the 2009 tax year (property taxes paid 2010).

The reduction on a property’s EAV for the current Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption (35 ILCS 200/15-170) on properties of residents that are 65 years ofage or older will increase from $3,500 to $4,000 for the 2008 tax year (property taxes paid in 2009).

The current Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption (35

ILCS 200/15-172) maximum household income levels for eligibility to freeze a property’s EAV will increase from $50,000 to $55,000.

For information on these homestead exemptions, please contact your chief

county assessment office or local assessment office.

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:rolleyes: Sorry I posted this in another section, but it belongs here;

A newbie mistake :P First, I want to thank grunt1949 for introducing me to this site.

Second, The information below is in paragraphs, because I cut

and paste from a different veteran site, to give you all the updated

information that I have.

Effective 17 October 2007 Illinois General Assembly & Governor signed Public Act 95-0644.

This is good news for almost all returning soldiers for armed conflict areas, disabled veterans,

and a step in the right direction for future Illinois veterans. Mostly deals homestead exemptions

and property tax. Hope this info helps those uninformedohwell.gif.

The form is PTAX-342, An application for Disabled Veterans' Standard Homestead

Exemption (DVSHE) form has been generated from the Illinois Department of Revenue

(IDOR). It is correct on the proper property tax exemption, although all over the form mentions

Estimated Assessed Value (EAV) reduction. It is funny that no where in Public Act

95-0644, 35 ILCS 200/15-169 (new) does it mention EAV until they write about limit value

of exemption (which is $250,000 EAV) on total resident property worth. All other sections

in this Illinois Public Act 95-0644 that was passed 17 October 2007, write about EAV and are

very specific on the intent in the 8 different sections concerning "Homestead Exemptions".

35 ILCS 200/15-165

35 ILCS 200/15-167

35 ILCS 200/15-168

35 ILCS 200/15-170

35 ILCS 200/15-172

35 ILCS 200/15-175

35 ILCS 200/15-177

35 ILCS 200/15-176

To be told this is just an "oversight" sounds goofy to me. How many lawyers picked through

this before it became a law? I have personally faxed and mailed letters to all the co-sponsors

of HR0664 that generated this Public Act 95-0644, and have only recieved 1 call saying that it

was being looked into. Also letters & faxes have been sent to the Illinois Governor, Asst Gov,

Illinois Director of Veteran Affairs (IDVA), Mayor of Chicago, and the IDOR for clarity on this

law for disabled veterans. Please help us out, Call your Chief County Assessor Officer (CCAO) and ask them to quote the law of Public Act 95-0644, Section 35 ILCS 200/ 15-169 (new) as it reads, and not what they "assume". Remember power is in numbers!!! Here is some quick numbers for you: This will make a difference of $2500 / $5000 yearly off your property tax, compared to

$200 to $500 a year, which is what our property taxes in Illinois have annually gone up historically for the last 10 years. Illinois has always been way behind to other states when properly

compensating the severally disabled veterans that are on limited income because of their disabilities. There is a time limitation for each county in Illinois when using the form PTAX-342 and it must be submitted in order to get this benefit for this year 2008 (2007 assessed year). Read the fine print on the back of the form concerning documentation that is needed, it can be misleading.

Just call the Chief County Assessor Officer (CCAO) and ask them what the Public Act 95-0644

Section 35 ILCS 200/ 15-169 (new) reads. As stated earlier many letters and faxes have been

sent to many people, and I called the LaSalle County Assessors office today to find out the deadline to sent the form PTAX-342 to get credit for this year (last year property taxes 2007) Ours is 28 February 2008. Call Ms. Taylor at (708) 202-2715 to get an updated disability certification letter for this tax year. Your DD214 needs to be certified by the recorders office. Get your PTAX-342 form in ASAP they (County assessors office) mentioned that there is a "loophole" that they are trying to rectify. Personally, I know the "loophole" they are talking about is the wording in section 35 ILCS 200/15-169 (new) of Public Act 95-0644. Let them know that you are aware of it, and contact all Illinois veterans to contact their state representatives & senators to keep the pressure on keeping this bill as is.

Sorry to ramble, just want to help fellow Illinois veterans.

Take Care,

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Found where the confusion is between IDOR and County Assessor..

The new Disabled Veterans' Standard Homestead Exemption (35 ILCS

200/15-169) provides a reduction in a eyes.gifproperty's EAV eyes.gif to a qualifying property

owned by a veteran with a service-connected disability certified by the U. S.

Department of Veterans' Affairs. A $2,500 homestead exemption is available to

a veteran with a service-connected disability of at least 50% but less than 75% or

a $5,000 homestead exemption is available to a veteran with a serviceconnected

disability of at least 75%. A disabled veteran must file an annual application by

the county's due date to continue to receive this exemption.

This is why the County Chief Assessor Officer (CCAO) are sticking to the PTAX-342

form, we just need to let them know, that we know, how the law reads (Public Act

95-0644 Section 35 ILCS 200/15-169(new)) when we file, and if they don't follow the law

as it is written, then we will appeal if need be. Just send a copy of the Public Act 95-0644,

Section 35 ILCS 200/15-169(new) copied and section

a) Beginning with taxable year 2007, an annual homestead

exemption, limited to the amounts set forth in subsection (:rolleyes:,

is granted for property that is used as a qualified residence

by a disabled veteran.

(:P The amount of the exemption under this Section is as

follows:

(1) for veterans with a service-connected disability

of at least 75%, as certified by the United States

Department of Veterans Affairs, the annual exemption is

$5,000; and

(2) for veterans with a service-connected disability

of at least 50%, but less than 75%, as certified by the

United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the annual

exemption is $2,500 (highlighted) when you file your PTAX-342

form, but do it in a timely manner according to your counties set deadline.

Hope this helps....

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Just received this email, my response is also attached: Will keep you all informed

Dear ;

I am responding to your emails, fax, and letter dated December 19, 2007

inquiring why the Disabled Veterans Standard Homestead Exemption under

Section 15-169 of the Property Tax Code is a reduction in the

equalized assessed value (EAV) of the property when EAV is not specified in the

law.

The section of the Property Tax Code that allows for homestead

exemptions has consistently provided for a reduction in the EAV of property.

This is consistent with the other homestead exemptions including: Senior

Citizens' Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-70), Senior Citizens Assessment

Freeze Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-172), General Homestead Exemption

(Sec. 15-175), and Alternative General Homestead Exemption (Sec.

15-176), in addition to the recently established homestead exemptions for

Returning Veterans' Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-167), Disabled Persons'

Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-168), and The Long-time Occupant Homestead

Exemption (Sec. 15-177).

There is a distinction made in the Property Tax Code between homestead

exemptions and the abatement of taxes. A homestead exemption is a

reduction in a property's equalized assessed value whereas a tax abatement

is an ordinance implemented by vote where there is a reduction in the

amount of property taxes to be paid.

Jo Ellen Mahr, Manager

Property Tax Division

Assistance and Education Section

My response;

January 8, 2008

1230

Dear Ms. JoEllen Mahr,

Thank you for your response. Although I am still confused on a couple of areas. Please bear with me as I explain with the highlighted areas

from your last email:

The section of the Property Tax Code that allows for homestead

exemptions has consistently provided for a reduction in the EAV of property.

This is consistent with the other homestead exemptions including:

Senior Citizens' Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-70)

Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-172)

General Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-175)

Alternative General Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-176)

Returning Veterans' Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-167)

Disabled Persons' Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-168)

The Long-time Occupant Homestead Exemption (Sec. 15-177)

You are correct; all of these Sections are very specific

on the intent of the EAV, and where it is to be applied.

The Disabled Veteran Standard Homestead Exemption (DVSHE)

(Sec. 15-169) mentions the EAV only when it pertains to the

$250,000 residence value limitations.

So my questions' are these?

Why would the law be written in this manner?

The majority of other states have property tax exemptions

for severally disabled veterans, isn't Illinois trying to

come on line with them?

What does this EAV in $250,000 residence value limitation mean then?

If I were to pay property tax on a $250,000 EAV residence,

wouldn't my annual property taxes be around $15,000 in the state of Illinois?

Why would anyone get an EAV tax exemption if a house was worth

around $850,000? (we can only dream…)

There is a distinction made in the Property Tax Code between homestead

exemptions and the abatement of taxes. A homestead exemption is a

reduction in a property's equalized assessed value whereas a tax

abatement is an ordinance implemented by vote where there is a reduction

in the amount of property taxes to be paid.

If this true, why was the law not written this way, as in all 8 other

sections of this particular Public Act then? Oversight??? Come on….

I understand abatement is when a person goes in and appeals their

tax bill compared to another property that they figure is of same value,

the CCAO & board vote to see if it is justified for a property tax break.

There is another terminology for this but…I'll stick to the subject at hand.

Go to the current 95th Illinois General Assembly (IGA), and look at all

the other pending legislation concerning severally disabled veterans and

property Tax in the state of Illinois. It is very obvious what the representatives

and senators legislators have in mind. There is nothing mentioned about

EAV and homestead exemption:

95th IGA - HB0114, HB1010, HB1012, HB1139, HB 1725

SB0063, SB0089

Historically the IGA has dealt with this issue to bring justice to the

severally disabled veterans in Illinois on limited income.

94th IGA - HB0651, HB2551, HB4247, HB4646

SB2146, SB3082

If there is property tax code book that specifically mentions EAV

and homestead exemptions, please give me guidance to obtain this

information from it so that I can educate other fellow Illinois veterans.

Please Assist

Sincerely,

Illinois concerned veteran

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Welcome!!

I am happy too see you found the Hadit group. Hopefully the other Illinois Vets are reading all the information you have posted and start to question their local county assesors. My husband and I are going to our tax assesors office this coming Monday with the ( printed out) info you have stated and the Public Act Law(that is in question).

I'll post if we get an answer.

Again Thank You for all that your doing for the

Illinois disabled Vets! Please keep us posted with your latest email to JoEllen Mahr.

Best Regards,

Justme 1949 (Grunt1949)

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Got a letter....

Today I received a letter form Thomas Holbrook, State Representative,

113th District, He stated "the section should have been drafted more

clearly" and "it was a small oversight in the legislation". He goes on

to state "The county assessment officials have accurately state that

the reduction will be taken from the equalized assessed value of the property.

I don't know where this is going but, a small oversight is the difference

between $400.00 a year and $5,000 a year annual property tax break.

Currently doing some research on Mr. Holbrook with him being the chief sponsor

on the pending bill HB1725, and what his intent was for this bill he has proposed.

At least he responded to my correspondence, even though it's not what I wanted to hear.

To me, it is not a defeat, only a challenge, game on.....

Either way it is a small or large win for Illinois disabled veterans

Take Care,

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<H1 id=article-title>Tax Help for Illinois Veterans</H1>Week of January 07, 2008

Two new tax laws affect Illinois veterans and their employers. The Returning Veterans Homestead Exemption gives qualifying veterans a one-time $5,000 reduction to their home's equalized assessed value. The Disabled Veterans Standard Homestead Exemption provides a reduction in a property's equalized assessed value for a veteran with a service-connected disability. Also the Veteran's Tax Credit is a new state income tax credit available to employers for every qualified veteran they hire. For more information about the Veteran's Tax Credit or the property tax exemptions for veterans, visit the Illinois Department of Revenue website or call the Illinois Department of Revenue at (800) 732-8866.

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Come on....Let us veterans bond together and ask questions

on the Public Act 95-0644, Section 35 ILCS 200/15-169, don't

just take the word of someone that says something, I did

that for 20 years by following orders to accomplish the mission.

As a civilian and veteran that defended our country, I now

ask questions and just say "show me" in writing where it is

documented, not because someone in a certain position is

"assuming" something. This law that was passed on

October 17, 2007 and is very specific on what is written.

Why are people not questioning what is told to them?

Take Care,

putintime

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Since I have recieved one feedback response from (Phase I) Illinois Representatives

& Senators that co-sponsored this bill (HB664), or from Illinois Depart-

ment of Revenue (IDOR), and many other letters & faxes that I have

personally sent. Now it is (Phase II) time to write all Illinois Veteran Service

Officers (VSO), and Illinois Veteran headquarters representatives (Illinois

American Legion, Illinois Veterans of Foriegn Wars, Illinois Disabled Veterans

Association, etc...), and see if they have anything in writing that is different

than the way the law is written concerning Public Act 95-0644, Section

35 ILCS 200/15-169 (new). Please give me insight if any of you are

getting negative response from your Chief County Assessor Office (CCAO),

Are your (CCAO) interpeting the law to mean the Estimated Assessed Value (EAV),

or the way the property annual exemption as the new Public Act 95-0644,

Section 35 ILCS 200/15-169 (new) law reads.

We must bond together and get what is due...Let them all know you are aware

of what is going on and are showing concern for your fellow veterans

Take Care,

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Since I have recieved one feedback response from (Phase I) Illinois Representatives

& Senators that co-sponsored this bill (HB664), or from Illinois Depart-

ment of Revenue (IDOR), and many other letters & faxes that I have

personally sent. Now it is (Phase II) time to write all Illinois Veteran Service

Officers (VSO), and Illinois Veteran headquarters representatives (Illinois

American Legion, Illinois Veterans of Foriegn Wars, Illinois Disabled Veterans

Association, etc...), and see if they have anything in writing that is different

than the way the law is written concerning Public Act 95-0644, Section

35 ILCS 200/15-169 (new). Please give me insight if any of you are

getting negative response from your Chief County Assessor Office (CCAO),

Are your (CCAO) interpeting the law to mean the Estimated Assessed Value (EAV),

or the way the property annual exemption as the new Public Act 95-0644,

Section 35 ILCS 200/15-169 (new) law reads.

We must bond together and get what is due...Let them all know you are aware

of what is going on and are showing concern for your fellow veterans

Take Care,

putintime

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Illinois Property Tax

Ok...Just need some feedback on how fellow Illinois veterans are being treated concerning the

new property tax law concerning disabled veterans with a VA disability % rating of

50-74% and 75-100%. The new Public Law 95-0644, Section 35 ILCS 200/ 15-169,

is pretty clear on the intent of the law as it is written. Depending on the disabled veterans

disability % will determine the annual exemption.

It seems as if the Chief County Assessor Offices (CCAO) across Illinois are "assuming"

this means the "annual exemption" is off the Estamated Assessed Value (EAV) of the

property, although this section of the law pertaining to the annual exemption mentions nothing

of EAV.

If someone has something out there that is written to help the CCAO, or to support the

Illinois disabled veteran, please let me know so I can inform other veterans across Illinois.

Take Care,

putintime

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One state gives 100% property tax exemption if you are 100% disabled,

and another state you don't get squat, but politicians babbling how they

are there for support, although they never served or have a clue what a

severally disabled veteran goes through daily. Then some states wonder why

they cannot maintain retired veterans that are experienced in leadership,

mentors,and able to finish a job that is needed for our youth to look up too,

instead of an excuse on WHY not.... Ask your local Veteran Service Officer

(VSO) to help you compare how Illinois Property Tax exemptions compare to

other states for disabled veterans, you would be amazed (example: Florida vs.

Illinois). Stand up for your rights, You have earned them..Public Act 95-0644,

Section 35 ILCS 200/15-169 (new) is a perfect example of local CCAO

"assuming" the given written fact of law, they are trying to say is off the EAV,

let them know, show them, what they can not show you...THE FACTS....

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Yesterday, I dropped off my application form PTax-342 to the county assessors office, they were very nice. I also included, a copy of Public Act 95-0644, Section 35 ILCS 200/15-169(new) with some highlighted areas, so there was no mistake on how I understood the bill to read (which is quite clear). I asked them if they needed anything else, they stated they would send me coorespondence in the mail if need be. Please make sure that you have the following updated documentation through the recorders office before you give your paperwork and PTax-342 form

for property tax exemption: DD214, Property Deed, current disability % rating from VA

from VA.

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Ok...It's been over a couple months and have not heard anything about

Public Act 95-0644 (35 ILCS 200/15-169 new) since I turned in my exemption

with all the proper documentation to the County Assessors office. I guess I'm

going to have to wait until tax time to find out if they are going to follow

the way the law is written or if they are going to assume what the law says.

We must all unite and stand for what is right....$2500 property tax exemption

for those 50-74% disabled, and $5000 property tax exemption for all those veterans

that are 75-100% disabled. If any disabled veteran has residental property worth

more than $250,000 Estamated Assessed Value (EAV) than this new law does

not apply.

Just read it as it states...not what another presumes

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Ask questions ....Contact everyone...Stand up....Be Heard...Get Answers

To All;

Just contacted many newspapers, the Illinois VA, Illinois American Legion, Illinois Foriegn Legion, and my local county assessors office. Now I am waiting for a response. Let them know,

that you know, how the law reads, before they dictate what they presume.

Please assist Illinois Severally Disabled Veterans

On October 17, 2007 a bill was passed in the Illinois General Assembly

it is Public Act 95-0644 Section 35 ILCS 200 / 15-169 new.

All Illinois County Assessor Offices (CAO) are saying that this new bill is

off the veterans Estimated Assessed Value (EAV) of their property, but the

attached approved state bill is very specific.

This is very important for Illinois severally disabled veterans, please give us

your insight.

Please assist in writing.....

The law is written as follows:

(35 ILCS 200/15-169 new)

Sec. 15-169. DISABLED VETERAN STANDARD HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION.

(a) Beginning with taxable year 2007, an annual homestead

exemption, limited to the amounts set forth in subsection (<_<,

is granted for property that is used as a qualified residence

by a disabled veteran.

(:angry: The amount of the exemption under this Section is as

follows:

(1) for veterans with a service-connected disability

of at least 75%, as certified by the United States

Department of Veterans Affairs, the annual exemption is

$5,000; and

(2) for veterans with a service-connected disability

of at least 50%, but less than 75%, as certified by the

United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the annual

exemption is $2,500.

© The tax exemption under this Section carries over to

the benefit of the veteran's surviving spouse as long as the

spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the homestead,

permanently resides thereon, and does not remarry. If the

surviving spouse sells the property, an exemption not to exceed

the amount granted from the most recent ad valorem tax roll may

be transferred to his or her new residence as long as it is

used as his or her primary residence and he or she does not

remarry.

(d) The exemption under this Section applies for taxable

year 2007 and thereafter. A taxpayer who claims an exemption

under Section 15-165 or 15-168 may not claim an exemption under

this Section.

(e) Application must be made during the application period

in effect for the county of his or her residence. The assessor

or chief county assessment officer may determine the

eligibility of residential property to receive the homestead

exemption provided by this Section by application, visual

inspection, questionnaire, or other reasonable methods. The

determination must be made in accordance with guidelines

established by the Department.

(f) For the purposes of this Section:

"Qualified residence" means real property, but less any

portion of that property that is used for commercial purposes,

with an equalized assessed value (EAV)of less than $250,000 that is

the disabled veteran's primary residence. Property rented for

more than 6 months is presumed to be used for commercial

purposes.

"Veteran" means an Illinois resident who has served as a

member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty or

State active duty, a member of the Illinois National Guard, or

a member of the United States Reserve Forces and who has

received an honorable discharge.

Sincerely,

Concerned Illinois Veteran

Life Member:

The Illinois American Legion # 203674429

American Veterans (AMVETS) # 2302527

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) # 120199594432

Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) # 410674

American Military Retiree Association (AMRA) # 14185

The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) # 16572873

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Just wanted to point out an Illinois Program I heard about on the news last year, it's called G-I Loans for Heros. Here is the website...

http://www.ihda.org/ViewPage.aspx?PageID=231

"The G-I Loan for Heroes is the exciting new Illinois Homeownership Program for Veterans and Active Service Personnel.

The G-I Loan offers significantly below market homeownership financing and counseling. There are two program packages, one for Veterans and one for active duty personnel.

Veterans' Program:

The Veterans' Program is designed for honorably discharged Veterans who qualify under the income and purchase price limits of the IHDA MRB Program. Participants will receive a substantially below market rate financing package, closing cost assistance and homeownership counseling. In addition, under federal legislation passed in December 2006, Veterans do not have to be first-time homebuyers to qualify.

Active Duty Program:

The Active Duty program is designed for active duty service personnel in the Armed Services and Reserve Forces. Under this program, they will receive the same package as the Veterans, except they must qualify as a first time homebuyer under the IHDA MRB Program."

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