The median assessed values on homes (not on land – more on that later) has increased 17-25% in these three townships. That being the median, we’ve represented many homeowners from these townships that have seen 40% increases in assessed home values. Continue reading →
With health and safety as the primary concern at the moment, the Cook County Assessor’s Office has temporarily suspended the deadlines for appealing your property tax assessment and the physical office is temporarily closed to the public.
If you live in one of the townships where assessment notices have not yet gone out, new dates for your appeal window will be announced as soon as they are available.
Kensington Taxpayer Advocates are Available to Help
In the meantime, at Kensington, our appeals staff is working remotely and available to help you attempt to lower your assessment. We are processing applications using e-signatures so you will not have to leave the safety and comfort of your home to begin the process of reducing your property tax bill. We will email you all of the required documents and you can sign using a smartphone, tablet or personal computer. Continue reading →
2019 triennial reassessment notices were mailed to Evanston Township property owners on Friday, March 15th. Valuation statistics from the Cook County Assessor’s office for Evanston Township can be found here (when they become available). Homeowners in Evanston have thirty days to appeal their assessment at the Assessor’s office (there is also a second opportunity to appeal later in the year at the Board of Review). The deadline for appealing at the Assessor’s office is Monday, April 15th.
We recommend homeowners review their assessment annually, especially in a year when their township is reassessed, to ensure they do not pay more than their fair share in property taxes. Successfully appealing in a reassessment year may provide 3 years of savings on future property tax bills. If you would like a free analysis of your Evanston property, in comparison to other similar properties, we are happy to conduct a “no obligation” analysis and provide you with a free estimate of how much we believe we could help you save with an appeal. Continue reading →
The Cook County Assessor’s Office has mailed assessment notices for Evanston Township. The Assessor’s Office offers a 30 day window to appeal your assessment each year. The deadline to file a 2017 property tax appeal for properties located in Evanston Township is March 27, 2017.
Cook County’s 38 townships are divided into three districts: city, north suburbs and south suburbs. Evanston Township is located in the north suburbs district and the next scheduled triennial reassessment year is 2019. That said, appealing your assessment can be done in every tax year, including non-reassessment years. Since the market is constantly changing we believe reviewing your assessment annually, to determine whether or not an appeal makes sense, is in your best interest.
Evanston Township assessment notices for tax year 2018 were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s Office on Thursday, February 22nd. The 30 day window for property owners to appeal their assessment is now open until the deadline of Monday, March 26th.
2020 property assessment notices were mailed by the Cook County Assessor’s office on Wednesday, February 19th, to Evanston Township property owners. The window to appeal your 2020 assessed value is now open until the deadline of May 1st.
We recommend property owners review their assessments annually and appeal whenever there is a strong evidence based argument that your home may not be assessed fairly. Evanston Township was reassessed in 2019 but even if you appealed last year you may appeal your assessment again this year. A successful appeal in 2020 may result in two years of savings, until Evanston is reassessed in 2022. The best way to ensure you never pay more than your fair share in property taxes is to review your assessment every year and appeal whenever you have a strong basis for an appeal argument, no matter where your township is at in the triennial reassessment cycle. Continue reading →
The Cook County Board of Review has opened 2019 property tax appeals for the first group of 7 townships. The Board’s deadline to appeal your 2019 assessed value is July 30th. Below are the townships that are currently open in Group 1:
If you missed your appeal opportunity at the Assessor’s office earlier in the year, or if you did appeal and weren’t satisfied with the result, you have a second opportunity to appeal at the Board of Review. Appealing your home’s 2019 assessed value is the only way to achieve property tax relief on your second installment property tax bill in July 2020, other than selling your home or claiming a new exemption. Assessments can be appealed every year, regardless of when a township was reassessed. Continue reading →
The Cook County Board of Review has opened 2018 property tax appeals for the first group of 11 townships. The Board’s deadline to appeal your 2018 assessed value is August 30th. Below are the townships that are currently open in Group 1:
If you are a Chicago-area homeowner and it feels like property taxes are eating you alive, it is not entirely your imagination. Nine Chicago-area cities made a list of places across the country where property taxes take the biggest bite relative to median housing costs, according to a recently published analysis.
The analysis, conducted by SmartAsset, a financial technology company and personal finance blog, used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to compare local property taxes as a percentage of housing costs in 599 cities across the country.