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Cook County Property Tax Appeals System Explained by Chicago Lawyer, Featuring Gary H. Smith

Gary H. Smith is a Chicago lawyer, and for the past 30 years he has been appealing Cook County property assessments — perhaps the most fundamental figure in a complex calculation that creates two tax bills a year for each of the county’s 1.8 million parcels of land.

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Assessor’s Office Response to Our Concerns on Your Behalf

Hundreds of confused Cook County and Chicago property taxpayers have been breathing a sigh of relief in the past few weeks, thanks to a procedural change in the Cook County Assessor’s Office. This change followed my meeting with the office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

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Four Things You Need to Know About Your Cook County Property Tax Bill

Taxes are on the rise for many Cook County property owners. For relief, make sure your getting the right exemptions and consider appealing your assessment. Gary H. Smith explains how.

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Notice of Discovery Causes Unnecessary Alarm for Thousands of Cook County Property Owners

Thousands of homeowners recently got a scary notice from the Cook County Assessor, threatening to put a lien on the property. You may or may not be able to ignore it, depending on whether you have more than one Homestead Exemption in your name.

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The More Things Change, the More You Should Appeal Your Property Assessment

By Gary H. SmithChicago and Cook County Property Tax Appeal Attorney Your property tax bill in Chicago and Cook County is based on the assessed value of your property. That value, in turn, is based on a large number of […]

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Reassessment Notices in the City of Chicago Could Mean Higher Property Taxes

By Gary H. SmithChicago and Cook County Property Tax Appeal Attorney If you own property in the city of Chicago, you may get a surprise this year (2015). It might be a good surprise or it might not. The Cook […]

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