Cook County Property Taxes Too Much? Appeal Your Property's Assessed Value To Lower Your Property Taxes.
Cook County currently has the second highest property taxes in the country! And given Illinois' current financial woes, it is all but certain that property taxes will go up once again. While forcing homeowners to pay for politician's poor financial decisions is just plain unfair, it is not likely that homeowners will get relief in the form of a reduced property tax rate anytime soon.
But, while you cannot lower the county tax rate, it is possible to lower property taxes on your property. You can do so by appealing what is known as your property's "assessed value." The assessed value is determined by the Cook County Assessor's Office, and it is what determines how much you will pay in property taxes. By lowering the assessed value, you lower your property taxes.
To appeal, you have to make sure to not miss your property's filing deadline. There is a 30 day filing period every year per each Township in Cook County. You will not receive notice of this deadline from the County unless your property is up for re-assessment, which only happens every 3 years. To find out this years filing deadline for your property, call our offices today.
Do you need a lawyer to appeal? The Assessor's website states that you do not need a lawyer to appeal. But you also don't need a lawyer to sue someone or to file a divorce. However, unless you have countless hours and days to learn the process, do the research, and gather the evidence, you may not want to file the appeal on your own. A lawyer familiar with the process will ensure that your appeal is proper, timely, and as strong as possible.
To learn more about the appeal process, contact us for a free, no obligation, consultation.
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