Page Reviewed / Updated - May 2014
The Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief program provides rebates to qualified seniors for rent, property taxes or nursing home charges. The amount of tax relief is relatively minor. Seniors with income of less than $45,000 a year can expect rebate amounts ranging from $1 to $350. Therefore, the Circuit Breaker program alone cannot solve the challenge of paying for senior care, but when combined with other forms of assistance, it may help to diminish the problem.
-Must be a legal Illinois resident
-Must be 65 years of age. An exception is made for persons 63 - 64 years old if they have been widowed and did not re-marry.
-Must have paid property tax or rent. Some nursing home residents may not be aware they have paid property tax through their nursing home fees.
It takes between 6 and 16 weeks to process an application and distribute the rebate. Rebate amounts are determined by the level of property tax paid and the applicant's income. A comparison chart that details exact rebate amounts is available for download here.
To learn more about this program, one can visit the Illinois Circuit Breaker website or call their toll-free number at 800-624-2459. Seniors can also apply for Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief online.