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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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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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Are You Paying More Than Your Fair Share in Chicago Property Taxes?
By Gary Smith
04/14/2018

Many Cook County property owners are paying more than their fair share in property taxes because of inaccurate assessments. Erroneous assumptions about property condition, commercial, industrial or residential usage, and how properties compare to other, similar properties in the area […]

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Why People in Chicago Don’t Get Their Property Taxes Lowered
By Gary Smith
04/07/2018

Although most property tax appeals are successful, there are a few reasons people do not get their property taxes lowered. The arrival of property tax bills in Cook County brings about angst, anger, and anxiety, but property owners who miss […]

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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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