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Effective Property Tax Rates for Cook County: Analyzing the Ten-Year Trend

Each year, the Civic Federation releases its Effective Property Tax Rates report, which looks at two and 10-year trends in estimated effective tax rates for all properties—including residential, commercial, and industrial—in select northeastern communities in Illinois. The report highlights that […]

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Increased Property Tax Exemptions Lead to Refunds for Thousands in Cook County

Property tax time in Cook County usually brings dire news of property tax hikes for homeowners opening the mail, but for about 53,000 homeowners, this year could bring a payday. Approximately $19.5 million will be returned to homeowners because of […]

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Can You Get Property Tax Relief Based on Vacancy?

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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Brace Yourselves Chicago: The Property Tax Storm Is About to Peak

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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Appealing Your Taxes? Didn’t Receive Your Bill? You Must Still Pay Your Cook County Property Taxes!

There is a common misconception that if you are in the process of appealing your tax assessment, you can take a vacation from paying your current year tax bill. Sorry, you still must pay the bill.

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Second Installment Property Tax Bills Are Coming: What You Need to Know

Cook County Second Installment Tax bills are coming. You may be in for a surprise. Here’s what you need to know. Call Gary H. Smith: 312-236-7447.

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A Perfect Real Estate Tax Storm is Brewing in Cook County

By Gary H. SmithChicago and Cook County Property Tax Appeal Attorney(Posted March 1, 2016) If the evening news in Chicago had a tax forecast — similar to a weather forecast — the map could look pretty scary. A perfect storm […]

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Cook County Property Tax Appeals System Explained by Chicago Lawyer, Featuring Gary H. Smith

Gary H. Smith is a Chicago lawyer, and for the past 30 years he has been appealing Cook County property assessments — perhaps the most fundamental figure in a complex calculation that creates two tax bills a year for each of the county’s 1.8 million parcels of land.

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Assessor’s Office Response to Our Concerns on Your Behalf

Hundreds of confused Cook County and Chicago property taxpayers have been breathing a sigh of relief in the past few weeks, thanks to a procedural change in the Cook County Assessor’s Office. This change followed my meeting with the office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

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Four Things You Need to Know About Your Cook County Property Tax Bill

Taxes are on the rise for many Cook County property owners. For relief, make sure your getting the right exemptions and consider appealing your assessment. Gary H. Smith explains how.

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