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What New Homeowners Should Know About the Assessment Process

New homeowners rarely think about how the assessor’s office arrives at their taxes once they close on a home. But once the first tax bill comes in the mail, there might be some questions as to how that amount is […]

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Property Tax Late Fees Postponed

As we advised our clients in our May Newsletter, we had proposed that Cook County allow financially stressed taxpayers a penalty-free extension to pay their second installment tax bills in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We are very pleased to […]

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Covid-19 Considerations as Cook County Assessor Reopens Calendar

As the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to reverberate throughout our society, The Law Offices of Gary H. Smith, P.C. remains fully committed to working on your property tax matters. We want to make sure that you know we are […]

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Board of Review Is Correcting Kaegi’s Massive Assessed Values Increases on Commercial Properties

Under the Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi, commercial property values have soared and many commercial property owners feared a tax increase this year. However, the Board of Review has been correcting many of the over aggressively increased assessed values on […]

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New Detailed Assessment Reports in Palos: Here’s What You Should Know

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi provided a report on the latest area to be reassessed, Palos Heights. The report provides information of the numbers of reassessment notices mailed as well as other details about the findings of the reassessment. Detailed Report […]

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Gary H. Smith Addresses Cook County Assessor’s Re-Opening of Appeals Calendar

View video below to understand the danger of re-opening the appeals calendar Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has recklessly re-opened his appeals calendar, and as a result, many taxpayers will find themselves in the uncomfortable position of potentially increasing their […]

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The Truth about the Upcoming Tax Rate

Assistance in your tax planning calculations You probably have read some of the numerous media reports regarding the drastic increases in assessed values for both residential and commercial/industrial properties in Northern Cook County.  Assessor Fritz Kaegi is seemingly unconcerned about […]

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Attention Cook County Residents: You May Be Owed a Property Tax Refund

Thousands of Cook County residents are owed property tax refunds, and all property owners need to do is visit the Cook County Treasurer’s website to check their property’s listing. How to Claim a Tax Refund for Overpayment There is an […]

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Reduce Your Tax Bill: Is Your Cook County Property in a Flood Plain?

There are a variety of considerations that go into creating a property tax assessment within Cook County, and starting this year, there is now a few more, including floodplain data produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Floodplains […]

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When You Can Expect Your Mortgage Payment to Reflect Your Successful Tax Appeal?

Following a successful tax appeal, many homeowners may wonder when they can expect it to affect their mortgage payments. However, individuals need to understand that the tax bill is what the appeal will impact as opposed to the mortgage. The tax […]

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