VAC Services

SHEVD Property Tax Exemption

Save time and effort by filing for your SHEVD disability verification online! This service is available only to Sangamon County, IL residents.

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General Information

The Standard Homestead Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities (SHEVD) is for qualifying veterans certified as disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This exemption provides a reduction in equalized assessed value of a primary residence occupied by a veteran with a disability, or the veteran’s surviving spouse. This exemption can be claimed in addition to the General Homestead Exemption and the Senior Homestead Exemption. However, it cannot be claimed in addition to the Disabled Veterans Exemption (specially adaptive housing) of $100,000, or the Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities.

Online Applications.

Select the appropriate option below. If this is your first time filing or the first time filing through our office (the Sangamon County VAC), then select “New Applicants” otherwise use the “Returning Applicants”.

New applicants.

Returning Applicants



To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be an Illinois resident and have served in the United States Armed Forces, The National Guard, or Reserve Forces, and have received an honorable type discharge.
  • Have a total equalized assessed value (EAV) of less than $250,000
  • You must provide the following: proof of residency, VA disability rating, VA disability rating effective date, DD214

An un-remarried surviving spouse of a disabled veteran can continue to receive this exemption on his or her spouse’s homestead property or transfer the exemption to a new primary residence. To qualify, the surviving spouse must meet the following requirement:

  • Sell the disabled veteran’s previous homestead property before transferring this exemption to his or her new primary residence
  • 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.
Exemption Levels

For veterans with a disability between 30% – 50% the exemption is $2,500; for veterans with a 50% – 60% disability the exemption is $5,000; for veterans with a service-connected disability of 70% – 100% are exempt from property taxes on their primary residence.


Surviving Spouse

The surviving spouse of a service member who had an eligible service-connected rating and honorable type discharge at the time of their death is able to receive this benefit. The applicant must have been legally married at the time of the Veteran’s passing.

For the surviving spouse of a Veteran who died in the line of duty, the total exemption benefit applies.

Annual Renewal

Applicants must renew this exemption every year accept for those rated as 100% permanent & totally disabled along with surviving spouses of Veterans killed in the line of duty. Exemptions should be appled for every November-December.

Change in Disability Rating

Applicants must re-apply anytime a rating percentage is increased or decreased to such a degree as the exemption amount would change.

Change in Address

Applicants must re-apply anytime a new residence is purchased and occupied as a primary residence.

Multiple Properties

The SHEVD exemption may only be applied to a single property which must be the primary residence of the applicant.

Properties Held in Trust

When you are applying for a new exemption and the property is held in trust, the Tax Assessor must verify that the applicant is a current living beneficiary of that trust. The exemptions cannot be applied without this verification. You must provide a copy of the actual trust agreement which states that the applicant is a beneficiary to the Assessor’s Office.

Contract for Deed

Under Illinois law, a Contract for Deed is equivalent to a traditional mortgage. As such, this qualifies for the SHEVD exemption.

35 ILCS 200/15-169

The SHEVD exemption is authorized by Illinois State Law and as such, only applies to Illinois Residents for Illinois properties. To read the law itself, click the following link: 35 ILCS 200/15-169


Tax Assessor Contact Info

200 S. Ninth St., Room 210
Springfield, IL 62701-1969

p: (217) 753-6805
f: (217) 535-3143


8:30AM – 5:00PM CST
Monday – Friday


Required Tax Assessor Forms

First-time Application:


Annual Renewal Application:


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