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Recent Posts

By Gary Smith
12/24/2021

Owning property is an investment that can build wealth as well as a good way to cut down on taxes. Home Improvement exemptions, purchasing in opportunity zones, and depreciation deductions are just some ways taxpayers can save on property taxes […]

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By Gary Smith
12/17/2021

Hiring a property tax attorney to challenge the assessment and lower a property tax bill could garner a smaller property tax bill in the future. Having a list of questions ready to ask, including how many property tax cases the attorney has […]

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By Gary Smith
12/10/2021

As the calendar turns to a new year, that means a new tax return bill will soon be in the mail. For property owners who think their tax bills are too high, that means they will be thinking of whether […]

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By Gary Smith
11/22/2021

In Illinois, disabled veterans can get property tax breaks, sometimes paying no property taxes, based on their disability status, not their income status. How Disabled Veterans Receive Exemptions In the past few months, the property tax exemptions available to property […]

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By Gary Smith
11/15/2021

A number of Cook County property owners are receiving automatic refunds for overpayment on the first installment of their property taxes. Homeowner Overpayments Automatically Refunded Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas instituted an automatic refund program in July 2018, to provide […]

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By Gary Smith
11/08/2021

Allstate Insurance has put its 186-acre corporate campus in Northbrook up for sale. The impact of that sale might be felt in two suburban school districts. How Much Does Allstate Pay in Taxes? Allstate, like many other companies during this […]

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By Gary Smith
10/21/2021

Making sure a property has the proper tax exemptions attached to it is one of the best ways to ensure that a property owner is paying the lowest amount possible. Why Exemptions Matter Cook County property owners should check the […]

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By Gary Smith
10/14/2021

The Cook County Treasurer’s office has scheduled the first property tax sale in two years, to take place in November. What Is a Tax Sale and How Does it Work? Per Illinois law, the annual sale of property taxes is […]

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By Gary Smith
10/07/2021

Cook County commercial property reclassification pushes some businesses to close rather than face mounting tax hikes. Designations Matter in Assessment Process When Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi completed the first round of assessments under his leadership in 2019, commercial property […]

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By Gary Smith
09/23/2021

The Cook County tax rate is determined each year using two considerations: How much money the county needs and the total assessed value of all the properties in the county. This year, Cook County determined it needed $16.1 billion. This […]

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