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Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi

Check your tax bill closely, Kaegi says

From staff reports

As homeowners in Cook County receive their 2020 Second Installment Tax Bills (tax bill) in the mail, they are encouraged to look at the bottom left corner to ensure that the correct exemption(s) are applied, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi said last week.

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Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi

If a homeowner believes they are entitled to an exemption that is not reflected on their tax bill, they can apply for what is called a Certificate of Error. The Certificate of Error process provides homeowners an opportunity to redeem missing exemptions for up to three years in addition to the current tax year. Homeowners can now apply for the 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 tax years.

Certificate of Error applications with copies of supporting documentation can be filed at cookcountyassessor.com, by mail or in person. Homeowners are strongly encouraged to apply online, as representatives from the Assessor’s Office can easily provide updates on the status of applications, Kaegi said.

The full list of property tax exemptions administered by the Assessor’s Office is posted at cookcountyassessor.com/exemptions.

This year, some exemptions auto-renewed to make the process more convenient for homeowners. In addition to the Homeowner and Senior exemptions, the Assessor’s Office processed auto-renewals for the Senior Freeze, Veterans with Disabilities, and Persons with Disabilities exemptions. In total, more than 1.1 million exemptions were auto-renewed, which provided millions of dollars in tax relief to homeowners in Cook County.

As a reminder, homeowners are responsible for paying the entirety of the tax bill to the Cook County Treasurer’s Office by Oct. 1, 2021. If the Certificate of Error application is granted, either a corrected tax bill or a refund for the difference will be issued.

1 Comment

  1. Robert Swanson on September 1, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    My property tax bill increased by 45% vs. the 2019 bill. We have lived in our Orland Patk home for over 40 years. No improvements made to the home or property. We did have to have two of our trees removed due to disease, but that should not count as an improvement. Who do I have to turn to for help? We are seniors living on a fixed income.



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