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Board of Review Opens Group 1 for 2020 Appeals

The Cook County Board of Review has opened 2020 property tax appeals for the first group of 3 townships. The Board’s deadline to appeal your 2020 assessed value is October 13th. Below are the townships that are currently open in Group 1:

    • Calumet
    • Palos
    • Rogers Park

If you missed your appeal opportunity at the Assessor’s office earlier in the year, or if you did appeal and weren’t satisfied with the result, you have a second opportunity to appeal at the Board of Review. Appealing your home’s 2020 assessed value is the only way to achieve property tax relief on your second installment property tax bill in July 2021, other than selling your home or claiming a new exemption. Assessments can be appealed every year, regardless of when a township was reassessed. Continue reading

Cook Assessor to Adjust for COVID-19 Effects on Property Value

Cook Assessor To Adjust Assessments for COVID-19Cook County property owners will see their property values adjusted to reflect any “significant” changes in market value that can be attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, the assessor’s office said in a press release this week.

“This is an unprecedented crisis and we’re taking necessary steps to address it,” Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi said in the release. “In view of the state and federal governments’ declaration of Illinois and Cook County as major disaster areas, and the pandemic’s toll on markets and property values, we are adjusting assessments to reflect this reality.”

Adjustments will be considered in all townships, including those that have already been reassessed and those in the north suburbs and Chicago that are not scheduled for reassessment this year, according to the release.
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Appeal Deadlines Suspended as Cook Assessor’s Office Manages the COVID-19 Threat

Appeal Deadlines SuspendedWith health and safety as the primary concern at the moment, the Cook County Assessor’s Office has temporarily suspended the deadlines for appealing your property tax assessment and the physical office is temporarily closed to the public.

If you live in one of the nine townships where the appeals window was open as of March 19, that means you can still file an appeal online, and the processing of appeals will continue. Residential property owners can also file applications for any of the various exemptions online as well.

If you live in one of the townships where assessment notices have not yet gone out, new dates for your appeal window will be announced as soon as they are available.

Kensington Taxpayer Advocates are Available to Help

In the meantime, at Kensington, our appeals staff is working remotely and available to help you attempt to lower your assessment. We are processing applications using e-signatures so you will not have to leave the safety and comfort of your home to begin the process of reducing your property tax bill. We will email you all of the required documents and you can sign using a smartphone, tablet or personal computer.
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Deadline Nearing for Riverside & River Forest Homeowner Property Tax Reductions

Riverside & River Forest Property Tax AppealsThe window to appeal your property taxes with the Cook County Assessor is now open for homeowners in Riverside and River Forest. Riverside homeowners have until March 7 to appeal while River Forest homeowners have until March 8.

What Homeowners Like You Saved in 2018

Below is a small sampling of how much we helped save Riverside and River Forest homeowners in 2018 – savings that range from $2,461 to $7,252 over two years:
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River Forest Township 2020 Triennial Reassessments Mailed

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2020 Triennial reassessment notices were mailed to River Forest Township homeowners on Friday, February 7th. Homeowners in River Forest Township have 40 days to appeal their assessment at the Assessor’s office (there will be a second opportunity to appeal later in the year at the Board of Review, whether you appeal at the Assessor’s office or not). The deadline for appealing at the Assessor’s office is March 19th.

We recommend homeowners review their assessment annually, particularly in a triennial reassessment year, to ensure they do not pay more than their fair share in property taxes. Successfully appealing in a reassessment year may provide 3 years of savings on future property tax bills. If you would like a free analysis of your River Forest Township home, in comparison to similar properties, we would be happy to conduct a “no obligation” analysis and provide you with a free estimate of how much we believe we could help you save with an appeal.

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River Forest Township 2019 Assessment Notices Mailed

River Forest2019 assessment notices for River Forest were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office to homeowners on February 6th. Property owners have a 30 day window to appeal their assessed value at the Assessor’s office until the deadline of March 8th.

Homeowners should review their assessments annually and appeal each year if and when there is a strong argument that their home may not be assessed fairly. River Forest is scheduled to be reassessed in 2020, however, if you feel that your assessment is not fair there is no need to wait to appeal until next year, you have the option to appeal every year. If you’d like a second opinion on your assessed value as it compares to other similar properties contact us for a free, no obligation, professional analysis of your property.
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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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River Forest Reassessment Notices Mailed

The Cook County Assessor’s Office has announced that triennial reassessment notices were mailed on February 2, 2017, for River Forest Township. The deadline to appeal your assessment at the Cook County Assessor’s Office is March 7, 2017.Cook County Property Tax Appeal

River Forest Township is one of seventeen townships in the south suburban group which will be reassessed in 2017. Valuation statistics for River Forest Township can be found here.

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Cook County Assessor’s Office Opens 2015 Property Tax Appeal Session

The Cook County Assessor’s Office has announced that 2015 assessment notices were mailed on January 30, 2015, for the following townships:

  • Norwood Park
  • River Forest
  • Riverside

The deadline to file an appeal is March 3, 2015.

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