Do Your Own Cook County Property Tax Appeals in 6 Steps

Cook County Property Tax Appeal DIYThe deadline for paying the first installment of your Cook County 2017 property tax bill looms ahead on March 1. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to lower this bill. However, there is a way to lower it by hundreds or thousands for next year’s second installment: appealing.

We recommend appealing your assessment every year to be sure that you are not paying more than your fair share of property taxes, but do you hire an expert or do it yourself?

Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of hiring an expert vs. DIY, and tips for doing it right if you do it yourself.
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Cook County First Installment Tax Bill Coming Due

Cook County First Installment Property Tax Bill 2018By now, property owners in Cook County should have received their first installment tax bill in the mail. It’s not a pleasant experience.

Pension and healthcare shortfalls have put increasing pressure on taxing districts across the county. Chicago residents are in the fourth year of tax hikes as part of the city’s effort to fund police, fire and public school pension obligations.

All that being said, there’s one way to get relief, and you may be able to save hundreds or thousands…
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Assessment Notices Mailed for Norwood Park Township

Cook County Property Tax AppealThe Cook County Assessor’s Office mailed 2018 assessment notices to Norwood Park property owners on Friday, February 09, 2018. Homeowners in Norwood Park Township may appeal their property assessment during the 30 day window which is now open and will close on March 12th.

You may appeal your assessment each year, regardless of when your property was last reassessed by the Assessor’s Office. In fact, it is our opinion that you should at least review, if not appeal, your assessment every year due to regular changes in the housing market (others have also made this recommendation).
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River Forest Township 2018 Assessment Notices Mailed

River ForestThe Assessor’s Office has mailed 2018 assessment notices to River Forest property owners. You may appeal your assessment each year during the 30 day window which is now open and will close on March 6th.

Cook County reassesses properties triennially through a mass appraisal system. River Forest was last reassessed in 2017 and if you appealed and were successful on your 2017 tax year appeal you will see those savings this summer on your 2nd installment property tax bill (the 1st installment bill you recently received is always 55% of the previous year’s total tax).
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2018 Assessment Notices Mailed for Riverside Township

RiversideRiverside Township assessment notices for 2018 have been mailed. The 30 day window to appeal your assessed value at the Assessor’s office is now open through the deadline of March 2nd.

You may appeal your assessment each year, regardless of when your township was last re-assessed (Riverside was re-assessed in 2017). In fact, it is our opinion that you should at least review, if not appeal, your assessment annually due to regular changes in the housing market (others have also made this recommendation).
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Senior Tax Exemptions Save You Money But You Must Apply Every Year

Cook County Property Taxes Senior ExemptionWith a new property tax season approaching, it’s time to start thinking about exemptions.

Property tax exemptions reduce the portion of the equalized assessed value (EAV) of your property that is subject to tax, thereby lowering your property taxes.

Some exemptions, like the homeowner exemption, do not require eligible homeowners to reapply every year. But two senior tax exemptions do require application and proof of eligibility every year.
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Tax Law Brings New Incentive for Property Tax Appeals

Cook County Property Tax Appeals & New Tax LawAbout 47,000 Cook County homeowners rushed to pay $312 million in property taxes to take advantage of the unlimited tax deduction for state and local taxes under the previous tax law, The Chicago Tribune reported. The new tax law now caps deductions for state and local taxes — including property taxes — at $10,000.
Not sure what this means for your property tax bill or appealing it? Below is everything you need to know.
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Group 8 Opens for Property Tax Appeals at Board of Review

cook seal v2The Cook County Board of Review (CCBOR) has opened Group 8 townships for 2017 property tax appeals. If your home is located in one of the townships listed below you have until the deadline of January 31st to appeal your 2017 assessment at the CCBOR.

  • Bloom
  • Hanover
  • Niles
  • Rich
  • Schaumburg

Confused about which township your property is in? You can either contact us with your property address and we will look it up for you or you can click here.
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Board of Review Opens Group 7 Townships for Appeals

The Cook County Board of Review has opened Group 7 townships for 2017 property tax appeals. If your home is located in one of the townships listed below you have until the deadline of January 16th to appeal your 2017 assessment at the Board of Review.Cook County Property Tax Appeal

  • Northfield
  • Thornton
  • Hyde Park
  • Lake
  • North Chicago
  • South Chicago

If you do not know which township your property is located in you can either contact us with your property address and we will look it up for you or you can click here.
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Group 6 Townships Open for Appeals at Board of Review

Why Appeal Cook County & Chicago Property Taxes Every YearTownships in Group 6 opened for 2017 property tax appeals at the Board of Review today. If your property is located in one of the townships listed below you have until the deadline of January 9th to appeal your 2017 assessment at the Cook County Board of Review.

  • Orland
  • Proviso
  • Jefferson

If you are not sure which township your property is located in you can either contact us with your address and we will look it up for you or you can click here.
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