As used in this Act:
     (a) “Taxpayer” means an individual whose household income for the year is no greater than: (i) $40,000 through tax year 2005; (ii) $50,000 for tax years 2006 through 2011; and (iii) $55,000 for tax year 2012 and thereafter.

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 320 ILCS 30/2

  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • individual: shall include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.36
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.

     (b) “Tax deferred property” means the property upon which real estate taxes are deferred under this Act.
     (c) “Homestead” means the land and buildings thereon, including a condominium or a dwelling unit in a multidwelling building that is owned and operated as a cooperative, occupied by the taxpayer as his residence or which are temporarily unoccupied by the taxpayer because such taxpayer is temporarily residing, for not more than 1 year, in a licensed facility as defined in Section 1-113 of the Nursing Home Care Act.
     (d) “Real estate taxes” or “taxes” means the taxes on real property for which the taxpayer would be liable under the Property Tax Code, including special service area taxes, and special assessments on benefited real property for which the taxpayer would be liable to a unit of local government.
     (e) “Department” means the Department of Revenue.
     (f) “Qualifying property” means a homestead which (a) the taxpayer or the taxpayer and his spouse own in fee simple or are purchasing in fee simple under a recorded instrument of sale, (b) is not income-producing property, (c) is not subject to a lien for unpaid real estate taxes when a claim under this Act is filed, and (d) is not held in trust, other than an Illinois land trust with the taxpayer identified as the sole beneficiary, if the taxpayer is filing for the program for the first time effective as of the January 1, 2011 assessment year or tax year 2012 and thereafter.
     (g) “Equity interest” means the current assessed valuation of the qualified property times the fraction necessary to convert that figure to full market value minus any outstanding debts or liens on that property. In the case of qualifying property not having a separate assessed valuation, the appraised value as determined by a qualified real estate appraiser shall be used instead of the current assessed valuation.
     (h) “Household income” has the meaning ascribed to that term in the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Property Tax Relief Act.
     (i) “Collector” means the county collector or, if the taxes to be deferred are special assessments, an official designated by a unit of local government to collect special assessments.