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Property Tax System Results in Inaccuracies By Nature
By Gary Smith
03/21/2018

Property tax bills use a computer modeling system to assess property values in Cook County, and years of inaccurate assessments, many of which have not been appealed, have led to unnecessary high taxes for many property owners. Because property tax […]

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Millions of Dollars to Be Saved By Chicago’s Property Owners
By Gary Smith
03/16/2018

Property tax bills aren’t written in stone and can be appealed if the property owners feel the value assessed on the property is too high. This holds true for residential properties and commercial and industrial properties as well. It is […]

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An Analysis: The Civic Consulting Alliance’s review of Cook County’s residential real estate assessment processes and outcomes RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY ASSESSMENT IN COOK COUNTY Summary of Analytical Findings
By Gary H. Smith
03/09/2018

There has been much discussion this political season about a major study which reviewed the quality of residential property assessments in Cook County. The Civic Consulting Alliance, a not-for-profit public-private collaborative consulting group, was retained by the Cook County Assessor’s […]

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Are Your Property Taxes Breaking the Bank?
By Gary Smith
03/09/2018

Property owners experience sticker shock every three years in Cook County when they receive their readjusted tax bill in the mail, and another round of property tax hikes will continue to jolt residents and business owners in 2018. City of […]

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Chicago Property Owners Foot the Bill (Again)
By Gary Smith
02/20/2018

On average, business and residential property owners can expect their property taxes to increase by 10 percent this year after Gov. Rauner signed a school-funding measure into law in 2017. The law changed the formula that is used to fund […]

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Property Description Errors Could Raise Your Tax Bill
By Gary H. Smith
02/13/2018

It is important for Cook County property owners to carefully review their property descriptions because some types of errors may lead to higher property taxes. Residential property owners are fortunate; they have the ability to see mistakes in their property […]

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Do You Qualify for Property Tax Exemptions in Cook County?
By Gary H. Smith
02/06/2018

People in Cook County may be eligible for property tax exemptions that could substantially reduce their tax bills. Individual’s exemptions are based on the characteristics of the property owners, including homeowners, senior citizens, certain veterans, disabled people, long-term occupants or […]

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Don’t Miss the Deadline to Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment
By Gary H. Smith
01/22/2018

The Cook County Assessor is sending out new property tax assessments in the mail to all Chicago businesses and homeowners on a rolling basis this year, and all property owners should be aware of the Assessor deadlines for filing an […]

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You Have Nothing to Lose (and Everything to Gain) by Appealing Your Property Tax Assessment
By Gary H. Smith
01/16/2018

Commercial and residential property owners in Illinois can save thousands of dollars by appealing their property tax assessments. Since Cook County does not raise assessments based on whether an appeal was filed and there is no cost to challenge an […]

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The Cook County Property Tax Assessor Wants Chicagoans to Appeal
By Gary H. Smith
01/09/2018

The Cook County Assessor wants residential and commercial property owners to challenge their assessments because appeals are vital for accuracy. There are 1.8 million properties in Cook County, which makes it difficult to account for variances. Fewer than 5 percent […]

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