2019 Second Installment Property Tax Bills Mailed
The Cook County Treasurer's office has mailed out the 2019 Second Installment tax bills and has posed them online. Their website is www.cookcountytreasurer.com. You'll need your PIN (Property Index Number). You can look up your PIN using your address by visiting the Cook County Property Tax Portal website at www.cookcountypropertyinfo.com.
You should review your tax bill for correctness - have you received all the exemptions that you qualify for?
It is too late to appeal the 2019 Assessed Value that is reflected on the final tax bill.
The Second Installment is due August 3, but property owners can pay without any interest charge through October 1.
Property owners can start making partial payments to avoid one big payment on October 1.
Click this link for more information, https://cookcountytreasurer.com/newsarticle.aspx?articleid=953.
You can file a "Certificate of Error" application for any missed Exemptions from years 2016-2019 (Homeowner, Sr., Sr. Freeze, etc.) online at www.cookcountyassessor.com. This includes the current tax year of 2019 (payable in 2020).
Click on the "Exemptions" tab, then the "Certificates of Error" tab. You'll need to upload a copy of your driver's license or state ID with this online submission.
If you'd prefer, you can print a hard copy application online, or I can email an application to you, then you can email me back the completed, signed form with a copy of your license or ID. I will submit your exemption application to the Assessor's office for processing.
For exemptions for tax year 2019, you'll receive an adjusted 2019 Second Installment tax bill reflecting your exemptions within one to two weeks after you've submitted your 2019 Certificate of Error exemption application.
For missed exemptions for years 2016-2018, you'll receive a refund check(s) via US mail in up to three months or so.
2020 Cook County Assessor Appeal - Decision letters to be mailed soon
The Cook County Assessor's office has not yet mailed out 2020 appeal decision letters for Evanston properties. The ETA is sometime in July, but no exact date has been provided. I will update this auto-reply email and my phone VM message once decisions are posted online and mailed out. You can check the status of your appeal by visiting the Assessor's website at www.cookcountyassessor.com; enter your PIN or address and then click on "Appeal History".
2020 Cook County BOR Appeal - Coming Soon
Your next opportunity to file a 2020 appeal will be with the Cook County Board of Review (BOR). The BOR will open sometime in July, but they have not yet announced opening dates. I will update this auto-reply email and my phone VM message once I know the BOR's estimated appeal opening date for Evanston properties and the procedure for helping homeowners to file appeals. You may also visit the BOR website at www.cookcountyboardofreview.com for updates.
You may also contact Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin's office at (847) 864-1209 for general help with property tax related issues.
Cook County Assessor's office Announcements:
Released on June 11, 2020, regarding the automatic renewal of 3 property tax exemptions in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Released on April 14, 2020, regarding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Assessed Values:
An overview of important dates related to property taxes is attached below.
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.
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 filing a Certificate of Error application for missed exemptions for the current 2019 tax year, as well as the prior three tax years (2016-2018):
- Homeowner Exemption CofE application
- Sr. Exemption CofE application
- 2019 Sr. Freeze Exemption application
- Persons with Disabilities Exemption Application
- Veterans with Disabilities Exemption Application
- Returning Veterans Exemption application
- 2018 Sr. Freeze Exemption application
- 2017 Sr. Freeze Exemption application
- 2016 Sr. Freeze Exemption application
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
- Assessment Inquiry Report
- Deceased Senior Freeze Affidavit
- Homeowner Exemption Waiver
- Name-Address Change form
- Occupancy Affidavit
- Property Location Correction form
- PTAX-343-A Physician's Statement for Disabled Persons Exemption
- CCA 2019 Evanston Neighborhood Map
- All forms available at www.cookcountyassessor.com
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 (currently not open to the public due to COVID-19 pandemic)
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