We will have you sign an engagement letter giving us authority to file on your behalf.
Once the appeal is accepted by the assessor’s office it usually takes 60 to 90 days for them to make a decision.
Because we charge a flat fee and not a percentage of what your savings are, we know what the rate is.
There is no refund of taxes. That is why it is important to appeal every year and not miss out on savings. The only way you can get money back is if you haven’t taken all of the exemptions. We can check this out for you.
By law, the first bill is always 55% of the previous year’s taxes. Savings from appeals and exemptions show up on the second bill.
We will refile the next year or give you a refund of your fees less $100.00
We survey houses within a one mile radius and choose comparable properties. These properties are proof to the county that your home is assessed too high. Our program then calculates what we think the savings will be.
Each township gives an official published township filing period. That is the time in which you can file your appeal. All townships are opened a minimum of 30 days.
No. The Board’s jurisdiction is limited by law to the current year.
After first appealing to the Assessor's Office, you may choose to appeal further to the Cook County Board of Review, or the Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB).
The Board of Review is a separate, quasi-judicial agency independent of the Assessor. The valuation for tax purposes on all of the more than 1.8 million parcels of real estate located in Cook County is initially set by the Cook County Assessor . When each township reassessment is completed, the Board of Review opens to allow property owners to appeal the assessment set by the Assessor. The Board decision sets the final county valuation on the property for that tax year.
An appeal can be filed when the Board of Review opens their Township for appeal. The Board of Review opens townships for appeals after the Assessor has assessed each property in the Township.
Once the Board of Review opens, it can take 2 months or longer for them to give a decision. This is based on how many appeals they have in any particular year.
Yes. The Board is not bound by the final determination of the Assessor. You are at no disadvantage if the Assessor has granted or denied a request to reduce the assessment.
No. The first installment is always due March 1st. The second installment will not be issued until after your decision from the Board of Review has been received.
We can then take your case to the Property Tax Appeal Board for a final appeal for that tax year.