Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities

This Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities lowers the equalized assessed value of your home by $2,000. It can be claimed in addition to the General Homestead Exemption and the Senior Homestead Exemption, but cannot be combined with the Veterans with Disabilities Exemption. Annual renewal is required.

To apply for the disabled persons exemption, the applicant must: 

  • Be disabled per the Federal Social Security Act.
  • Have owned and occupied the home as their principal residence on Jan. 1, 2023. 

The renewal can be filed online or in person at the Vernon Township Assessor's Office. 

Proof of Disability:

This exemption requires proof of your disability every year. One of the following is required:

  • IL Disabled Person ID card stating Class 2 or 2A disability.
  • Proof of SSA social security benefits.
  • Proof of VA disability benefits or Railroad or Civil Service disability benefit.
  • completed PTAX-343-A form, a.k.a. Physician's Statement. 

How to Apply Online:

  • Have your property PIN number and proof of disability. 
  • Go to and click on the SmartFile E-Filing Portal button in the blue bar in the middle of the page. 
  • Log in to your account, create a new account, or log in as a guest. 
  • Click “Available Filings” and choose “EX03: Disabled Persons or Disabled Veterans Exemption Renewal”. 
  • Click “Begin Filing”. 
  • Enter the tax year, 2023, and your property PIN or Address. 
  • Follow the instructions to enter the required information and submit your application.  
  • Upload your proof of disability letter.
  • If the property is owned in trust, proof of beneficiary of the trust may also be required.

How to File In Person:

  • Bring your ID such as a driver’s license to the Vernon Township Assessor's Office.
  • Bring your proof of disability.
  • If the property is owned in trust, proof of beneficiary of the trust will also be required. 

 Where to Get Help Completing the Online Application:

Assistance is available from the Vernon Township Assessor’s Office or the Chief County Assessment Office, 847-377-2050.