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Renewing Your Exemptions

Some time in early March 2022, the updated property exemption forms will be available on the Cook County Assessor’s website for all homeowners looking to renew the exemptions that they continue to qualify for. Due to Covid-19, the Cook County Assessor’s Office with continue to automatically renew the following exemptions

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First Installment Property Tax Bills Explained

The Cook County Treasurer mailed out the first installment property tax bills to property owners at the beginning of February; the bills are due by March 1, 2022. Here are some important points to keep in mind regarding this bill.

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Late Second Installment Cook County Tax Bills

Many property owners will be happy to know that this year’s second installment property tax bills will be significantly delayed in reaching your mailboxes. The second installment tax bills are typically due by August 1st, but some officials say the payment deadline can be as late as December 2022 or even January 2023.

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Automatic Refunds for Cook County Homeowners

Are you due a refund from the Cook County Treasurer for overpayment on your property tax bill? Cook County Assessor, Maria Pappas, started sending automatic refunds to homeowners back in October 2021 due to some homeowners not receiving exemptions on their property tax bills. Pappas launched this automatic refund program in July 2018.

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Property Tax Discount for Disabled Veterans

What is the Disabled Veterans Exemption? The Disabled Veterans Exemption is for veterans with a service-related disability that is certified by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

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How Are Properties Reassessed?

The Cook County Assessor will reassess your property for taxing purposes every three years. Chicago is scheduled for its reassessment in 2021.

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Vacancy Relief for Cook County Properties

Is your Cook County property sitting vacant due to a fire, flood, or another natural disaster event? You may be entitled to property tax relief. Vacancy refers to the portion of a property building that is not subject to a lease or from which the owner/landlord is not receiving rental income. Land assessed value isn’t adjusted based on vacancy evidence.

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What is Your Home’s Tax Burden?

A new online tool created by Maria Pappas will help property owners uncover what portion of the local government debt falls on them. The debt includes estimated payments on education, services and pensions.

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What is the Long-Time Homeowner Exemption?

What is the Long-Time Homeowner Exemption and why am I not receiving it? That is a question lots of Cook County residents are asking. The Long-Time Homeowner Exemption enables property owners to receive an expanded Homeowner Exemption with no maximum exemption amount. The eligibility requirements seem straightforward enough.

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Breaking Down Your Property Tax Bill

Are you curious about where your tax dollars are going? Essentially, your tax dollars go towards services like police, jails, schools, streets, parks, community colleges, public hospitals, courts, mosquito abatement, sewage treatment, and much more.

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