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Do You Qualify for Property Tax Exemptions in Cook County?
By Gary 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 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 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 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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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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