The Cook County Assessor's office mailed out 2019 Sr. Freeze Exemption renewal applications on January 15th.
Blank 2019 exemption applications are currently available for download on the Assessor's website at www.cookcountyassessor.com, and below.
New for 2020: Homeowners who have already received the Senior Exemption last year (2018 tax year) will no longer have to reapply each year. The 2019 Homeowner & Sr. Exemptions will be automatically applied to your 2019 Second Installment tax bill. The Cook County Assessor's office mailed postcards regarding this information to qualified homeowners on January 15th.
Your next opportunity to file an appeal is estimated to be February or March of 2020 with the Cook County Assessor. If interested in appealing for the 2020 tax year, please contact me in February after you've received your 2019 First Installment tax bill or visit the Assessor's website to file an appeal online yourself.
Further, the Cook County Board of Review (BOR) will open for appeals in early July of 2020. This is around the time the 2019 Second Installment tax bills are estimated to be mailed out.
The Cook County Treasurer's office has already made the 2019 First Installment tax bill information available on their website at www.cookcountytreasurer.com.
The first installment is always an estimate and is 55% of last year's total tax bill amount. You may prepay, partial pay or pay in full before the March 1, 2020 due date online, at any Chase Bank location in Cook County or by US mail.
An overview of important dates related to property taxes is attached below.2020 Important Dates - Property Tax
2019 Cook County Assessor Property Tax Appeal Seminar
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin hosted a Property Tax Appeal Seminar on March 21 at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. Video from the seminar is below. View the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting.
Exemption Applications are Still Being Accepted
Homeowners can still submit applications for missed Homeowner, Senior, Senior Freeze, Disabled Persons, Disabled Veterans and Returning Veterans exemptions. You can request to be sent a "certificate of error" application or you can visit the Cook County Assessor's website at www.cookcountyassessor.com. For immediate assistance with missed exemptions, residents can visit the Cook County Assessor's office directly. The Skokie branch is located at the Skokie Courthouse, 5600 Old Orchard Road, Room 149, Skokie, IL.
What We Do
The City of Evanston Property Tax Assessment Review Office acts as a taxpayer advocate for the residents of Evanston. This Office does not actually assess property, rather it answers residents' questions and aids in exemption and appeal applications. The property assessment is done by the Cook County Assessor’s Office for all of Cook County. The Cook County Assessor is permitted by law to use market values for the three years prior to the reassessment year in order to determine market value for any residential class of property in a specific area.
- Assistance with preparing appeals for the Cook County Assessor, (and Re-Review)
- Assistance with preparing appeals for the Cook County Board of Review (and Re-Review)
- We provide information about the various grounds for appeal
- We file appeals for you at your request
- Assistance with preparing appeals for the Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB)
- Assistance with filing exemptions for current tax year (2019):
Assistance with filing a Certificate of Error application for missed exemption(s) for the prior three tax years:
Assistance with the Cook County Treasurer's Office
- Obtain refunds
- Update name and address information
- Provide documentation to correct second installment tax bills that are missing valid exemptions
Sales and building permit information
Taxpayer of record information
Brief legal descriptions of a specific property
Tax rate information
General property tax related assistance
Cook County Assessor's office - Does all assessing in Cook County on a triennial basis; administers property exemptions (homeowner, senior, etc.); hears appeals from property owners.
Cook County Treasurer's office - Prepares all tax bills and collect all taxes. Taxes are collected in arrears; tax bills are issued in February (First Installment due March 1) and July (Second Installment due August 1). These dates are subject to change.
Cook County Clerk's office - Applies levies from taxing bodies and applies those levies to the Assessed Value (AV) to calculate each property's tax liability; provides information on prior years delinquent taxes and handles the redemption process.
Cook County Board of Review office - Hears appeal from property owners (this is homeowner's second opportunity to appeal after the Cook County Assessor appeal); determines fair assessment.
Property Tax Bill Explanation
Property Tax Assessment Review Office
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Room G551, Evanston, IL 60201
COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR'S OFFICE:
Skokie Phone: (847) 470-7237
Chicago Phone: (312) 443-7550
COOK COUNTY TREASURER'S OFFICE:
Phone: (312) 443-5100
COOK COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW OFFICE:
Phone: (312) 603-5542
COOK COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE:
Phone: (312) 603-5656
COOK COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS OFFICE:
Phone: (312) 603-5050
COOK COUNTY PROPERTY TAX PORTAL:
COOK COUNTY PROPERTY TAX APPEAL BOARD (PTAB) OFFICE:
Springfield Phone: (217) 782-6076
Des Plaines Phone: (847) 294-4121
PROPERTY TAX REPORT