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Brace Yourselves Chicago: The Property Tax Storm Is About to Peak
By Gary Smith
12/20/2017

The already sky-high property taxes that plague Chicago and Cook County are expected to increase again this year, increasing by approximately 10 percent and more, causing many business owners to consider relocating to friendlier tax climates and homeowners to second-guess […]

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Consider Pre-Paying 2017 Real Estate Taxes
By Gary Smith
12/15/2017

Consider Pre-Paying 2017 Real Estate Taxes to Receive Full Deduction Benefits Prior to Federal Tax Law Changes We recommend individual taxpayers consider pre-paying their personal 2017 real estate taxes prior to December 31, 2017 in order to maximize potential federal tax deduction […]

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Will Your Property Be Assessed in 2018?
By Gary Smith
12/13/2017

Property owners in Chicago can expect their property to be assessed in 2018. Cook County uses a triennial reassessment schedule and property owners should always consider appealing the assessments during the first triennial year. If they don’t, the assessments that […]

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Just When You Thought Chicago Property Tax Issues Couldn’t Get Any Worse
By Gary Smith
12/06/2017

Illinois residents may soon feel the dual pinch of the increasing property assessments in Cook County combined with the federal tax reform bill that recently passed since it limits the ability of homeowners to deduct more than $10,000 in property […]

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Tax Reductions When Building or Rehabbing an Industrial Facility in Cook County
By Gary Smith
11/13/2016

An attorney can help property owners obtain a Class 6b tax incentive on industrial real estate from the Cook County Assessor’s Office. Call 312-236-7447.

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Industrial Plant Negotiations Yield Big Reduction in Property Tax Bill
By Gary Smith
11/13/2016

Reducing the taxes on commercial/industrial properties in Illinois requires an attorney who can work with both the property owner and the county assessor.

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Appealing Your Taxes? Didn’t Receive Your Bill? You Must Still Pay Your Cook County Property Taxes!
By Gary Smith
06/09/2016

There is a common misconception that if you are in the process of appealing your tax assessment, you can take a vacation from paying your current year tax bill. Sorry, you still must pay the bill.

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Second Installment Property Tax Bills Are Coming: What You Need to Know
By Gary Smith
06/09/2016

Cook County Second Installment Tax bills are coming. You may be in for a surprise. Here’s what you need to know. Call Gary H. Smith: 312-236-7447.

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A Perfect Real Estate Tax Storm is Brewing in Cook County
By Gary Smith
03/01/2016

By Gary H. Smith Chicago and Cook County Property Tax Appeal Attorney (Posted March 1, 2016) If the evening news in Chicago had a tax forecast — similar to a weather forecast — the map could look pretty scary. A […]

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Cook County Property Tax Appeals System Explained by Chicago Lawyer, Featuring Gary H. Smith
By Gary Smith
09/07/2015

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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