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Illinois Property Tax Could Soon Become Highest in the Nation
By Gary Smith
07/20/2018

If congressional leaders adopt a 1 percent statewide residential property tax to shore up the state’s pension debt, Illinois’ property tax burden would be the highest in the country. Illinois currently ranks 45th in the nation for its property tax […]

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Illinois Hospital Property Tax Exemptions Remain In Place, For Now
By Gary Smith
07/17/2018

Hundreds of hospital property tax exemption requests remain on hold while the Illinois Supreme Court decides a case involving the constitutionality of a 2012 law that created an easier path for hospitals to acquire tax-exempt status. The case, brought by […]

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Are You Paying Double Due to Hidden Property Taxes?
By Gary Smith
07/09/2018

Property owners in Cook County could be paying double property taxes due to something called PIN slamming. In some cases, homeowners might even owe back taxes on these hidden PINs. How to Read a PIN Each parcel of land that […]

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Berrios Is Out: How Will Cook County Taxpayers Be Affected?
By Gary Smith
06/21/2018

Fritz Kaegi’s victory over current Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios in the Democratic primary included a message of reform to an office that has long been in need. But overcoming the entrenched bureaucracy to overhaul the county’s property tax system […]

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Why Aren’t Cook County Commercial and Industrial Property Tax Assessments Changing?
By Gary Smith
06/14/2018

For years, Cook County tax assessments have been riddled with errors, so each new assessment has just compounded the issue for both commercial and industrial property owners. Property owners must appeal their taxes to seek relief and should remain vigilant […]

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How Commercial Property Is Assessed In Cook County
By Gary Smith
06/07/2018

The Cook County Assessor’s office values commercial properties using several factors, including how many parcels a property contains, the location, the vacancy rates, and the property’s use. If a building owner doesn’t agree with the assessment, the property owner can […]

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Can You Get Property Tax Relief Based on Vacancy?
By Gary Smith
06/06/2018

If a home or commercial building has been vacant for more than a month, it’s possible to get a property tax reduction. Although there are some similarities in the approach to appealing for vacancy on a residential and commercial property, […]

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Errors in Commercial Property Tax Assessments Could Be Worth Millions
By Gary Smith
05/08/2018

When a mistake happens on a commercial property tax assessment, where the dollar amounts are high, that error proves costly. It is therefore particularly important for a commercial property owner to remain vigilant when considering property taxes. Errors by the […]

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Chicago Property Tax Assessments: Considerable Relief May Be Available
By Gary Smith
05/04/2018

In Cook County, residential properties are taxed using computer valuation programs, but industrial and commercial properties are completed individually using spreadsheets that group properties by neighborhood. This system creates room for error that commercial property owners can use to appeal […]

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Inaccurate Property Tax Valuations Impact Your Entire Community
By Gary Smith
04/21/2018

Inaccurate property tax assessments can have a substantial impact on an entire community, sometimes leading to overpriced property listings for buyers and sellers, unfair distribution of the tax burden in Cook County, and higher tax costs that are often passed […]

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