Monthly Archives: August 2014

Why Appeal Your Cook County Property Taxes?

Why to Appeal you Property Tax with KensingtonThe primary reason to appeal your Cook County property taxes is to ensure that you are paying no more than your fair share. Those who successfully appeal their property taxes save money, typically in the hundreds and sometimes thousands.

Important Note: savings realized from successful appeals do not lessen the overall tax revenue the county needs to generate. It simply shifts the additional burden to those that do not appeal their property taxes. Thus, if you aren’t appealing and your neighbors are, then you are paying more than your fair share.

How to Appeal Your Cook County Property Tax Bill

Appeals can be made through the County Assessor, the Board of Review, the Property Tax Appeal Board, or the Circuit Court. Common methods for appealing include:

  • Lack of Uniformity
  • Market Approach
  • Recent Purchase Price
  • Income Approach

This can be a time-consuming, frustrating and often unsuccessful process if you don’t have prior experience doing it. We’ve appealed thousands of property tax assessments and have saved millions for property owners just like you.


What Is My Home’s Assessed Value in Cook County?

Cook County Illinois Property Tax Portal Logo | Kensington Property Tax AppealsIf you’d like to know how much Cook County thinks your property is worth, which is what they use to calculate your property tax bill, just follow these steps:

  • Go to the Cook County Illinois Property Tax Portal here
  • Enter your 14-digit property index number (PIN)
  • If you don’t know your PIN, you can also enter your address
  • Click on your property on the search results page
  • Note the “Estimated Property Value” listed towards the top right of the results page
  • Click the “Tax Calculator” icon and link to see what you potentially owe the county
  • You can see historical values by clicking the “Assessed Value History” button

How Can I Reduce My Property Tax Bill?

If you’d like to pay 100% of the amount calculated here, be our guest.

If you’re a homeowner and you haven’t appealed your property taxes yet this year, you could potentially save hundreds or thousands with our residential property tax appeal service.