Cook County Real Estate Tax Blog

    From Gary H. Smith, Chicago and Cook County real estate tax appeals attorney.

    Tax Reductions When Building or Rehabbing an Industrial Facility in Cook County


    An attorney can help property owners obtain a Class 6b tax incentive on industrial real estate from the Cook County Assessor’s Office. Call 312-236-7447.

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    Industrial Plant Negotiations Yield Big Reduction in Property Tax Bill

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    Reducing the taxes on commercial/industrial properties in Illinois requires an attorney who can work with both the property owner and the county assessor.

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

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    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

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    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

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    By Gary H. Smith Chicago 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 is brewing and it will cost you. You already received your first installment tax bill for the 2015 tax year. Illinois property tax bills are backward focused, as the Illinois tax system collects property taxes in arrears. Your […]

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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Notice of Discovery Causes Unnecessary Alarm for Thousands of Cook County Property Owners

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    Thousands of homeowners recently got a scary notice from the Cook County Assessor, threatening to put a lien on the property. You may or may not be able to ignore it, depending on whether you have more than one Homestead Exemption in your name.

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    The More Things Change, the More You Should Appeal Your Property Assessment

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    By Gary H. Smith Chicago and Cook County Property Tax Appeal Attorney Your property tax bill in Chicago and Cook County is based on the assessed value of your property. That value, in turn, is based on a large number of factors. When even one of those factors changes, the assessed value of your property could go up. The Cook County Assessor’s Office has a lot of information about your property, but they can’t keep track of everything. It’s up […]

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