By Gary H. Smith
Chicago and Cook County Property Tax Appeal Attorney
(Posted June 30, 2015)
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, in which we raised significant concerns regarding a notification from his office.
Recently, we informed you that the Assessor’s Office sent a Notice of Discovery to more than 22,000 residents, primarily in the Northern Suburbs of Cook County (read the original article and see a copy of the notice from the Assessor’s Office).
The letter said the Assessor’s Office was “opening an investigation to determine whether your property received erroneous homestead exemptions.”
When I read the notice, I realized it could place a number of people in limbo, never knowing if their cases were closed. The letter explained what would happen if you were in violation, but there was no procedure in place to notify you if you were not in violation.
Keeping you out of limbo
I raised this concern to the Assessor’s Office. I am pleased to announce that now the taxpayer will be informed of the status of the property whether OR NOT a violation is found.
We appreciate the attention the office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios paid to our concern.
When they got the Notice, a number of people contacted my office. We were able to sort through their situation and present their information to the Assessor. Our actions resulted in quick resolutions by the Assessor, putting taxpayers minds at ease and potentially saving them significant dollars.
If you have a problem with any aspect of your property taxes, please contact my office as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Gary H. Smith, P.C., property tax appeals lawyer, we know the ins and outs of the system, we can help you resolve your issues expeditiously and fairly.