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Board of Review Opens Group 2 for 2022 Appeals

The Cook County Board of Review has opened 2022 property tax appeals for the second group. The Board’s deadline to appeal your 2022 assessed value is December 27, 2022. Below are the townships that are currently open in Group 2:

  • Lemont
  • Norwood Park
  • River Forest

Assessments can be appealed every year, regardless of when a township was reassessed. 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 2022 assessed value is the only way to achieve property tax relief on your second installment property tax bill in the fall of 2023, other than selling your home or claiming a new exemption.

Contact us before the December 27th deadline for a free, no-obligation, and professional analysis of your home’s assessment level compared to similar properties in your neighborhood. We’ll tell you if we don’t think you have a strong case for an appeal. If we feel there is a solid factual-based argument to be made, then you can choose if you would like to hire us to assist you with the appeal. There is no risk in using our service because you pay nothing unless your appeal is successful.

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Riverside and River Forest Townships 2022 Assessment Notices Mailed

We suggest property owners review their assessments annually and appeal whenever there is a strong evidence-based argument that your home may not be assessed fairly. Riverside and River Forest Township’s next triennial reassessment is scheduled for 2023. However, if you feel that your assessment is unfair, there is no need to wait; property owners have the right to appeal yearly at the Assessor’s office and the Board of Review. If you’d like a professional opinion on your home’s assessed value as it compares to similar properties in your neighborhood, contact us for a free, no-obligation review and analysis of your home.
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Board of Review Opens Group 1 for 2021 Appeals

The Cook County Board of Review has opened 2021 property tax appeals for the first group. The Board’s deadline to appeal your 2021 assessed value is January 04, 2022. Below are the townships that are currently open in Group 1:

  • Norwood Park
  • Oak Park
  • River Forest
  • Riverside

Assessments can be appealed every year, regardless of when a township was reassessed. 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 2021 assessed value is the only way to achieve property tax relief on your second installment property tax bill in July 2022, other than selling your home or claiming a new exemption.
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River Forest Township 2021 Assessment Notices Mailed

The Assessor’s Office has mailed 2021 assessment notices to River Forest property owners. You may appeal your assessment each year during the 30 day window which is now open and will close on May 21st.

Cook County reassesses properties triennially through a mass appraisal system. River Forest was last reassessed in 2020 and if you appealed and were successful on your 2020 tax year appeal you will see those savings this summer on your 2nd installment property tax bill (the 1st installment bill you recently received is always 55% of the previous year’s total tax).
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Board of Review Opens Group 3 for 2020 Appeals

The Cook County Board of Review has opened 2020 property tax appeals for the third group of townships. The Board’s deadline to appeal your 2020 assessed value is November 1st. Below are the townships that are currently open in Group 3:

  • Riverside
  • River Forest
  • Oak Park

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 2020 assessed value is the only way to achieve property tax relief on your second installment property tax bill in July 2021, other than selling your home or claiming a new exemption. Assessments can be appealed every year, regardless of when a township was reassessed.
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Board of Review Opens Group 1 for 2020 Appeals

The Cook County Board of Review has opened 2020 property tax appeals for the first group of 3 townships. The Board’s deadline to appeal your 2020 assessed value is October 13th. Below are the townships that are currently open in Group 1:

    • Calumet
    • Palos
    • Rogers Park

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 2020 assessed value is the only way to achieve property tax relief on your second installment property tax bill in July 2021, 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

Cook Assessor to Adjust for COVID-19 Effects on Property Value

Cook Assessor To Adjust Assessments for COVID-19Cook County property owners will see their property values adjusted to reflect any “significant” changes in market value that can be attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, the assessor’s office said in a press release this week.

“This is an unprecedented crisis and we’re taking necessary steps to address it,” Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi said in the release. “In view of the state and federal governments’ declaration of Illinois and Cook County as major disaster areas, and the pandemic’s toll on markets and property values, we are adjusting assessments to reflect this reality.”

Adjustments will be considered in all townships, including those that have already been reassessed and those in the north suburbs and Chicago that are not scheduled for reassessment this year, according to the release.
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Appeal Deadlines Suspended as Cook Assessor’s Office Manages the COVID-19 Threat

Appeal Deadlines SuspendedWith 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 nine townships where the appeals window was open as of March 19, that means you can still file an appeal online, and the processing of appeals will continue. Residential property owners can also file applications for any of the various exemptions online as well.

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.
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Deadline Nearing for Riverside & River Forest Homeowner Property Tax Reductions

Riverside & River Forest Property Tax AppealsThe window to appeal your property taxes with the Cook County Assessor is now open for homeowners in Riverside and River Forest. Riverside homeowners have until March 7 to appeal while River Forest homeowners have until March 8.

What Homeowners Like You Saved in 2018

Below is a small sampling of how much we helped save Riverside and River Forest homeowners in 2018 – savings that range from $2,461 to $7,252 over two years:
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River Forest Township 2020 Triennial Reassessments Mailed

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2020 Triennial reassessment notices were mailed to River Forest Township homeowners on Friday, February 7th. Homeowners in River Forest Township have 40 days to appeal their assessment at the Assessor’s office (there will be a second opportunity to appeal later in the year at the Board of Review, whether you appeal at the Assessor’s office or not). The deadline for appealing at the Assessor’s office is March 19th.

We recommend homeowners review their assessment annually, particularly in a triennial reassessment year, 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 River Forest Township home, in comparison to similar properties, we would be 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.

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