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Cook County residents can appeal assessments online

Updated: November 9, 2011 12:04PM



Cook County property owners can now attempt to lower their tax bills online — potentially saving time and hassle for thousands of residents.

Those unhappy with the assessed value of their home — which is used to determine the property tax — can go to cookcountyboardofreview.com and click on “file a complaint online,” officials announced Tuesday.

Previously, to challenge an assessment, known as filing a complaint, the owners of Cook County’s roughly 1.8 million commercial and residential properties had to go in person to a county board of review office or a township assessor to get the paper forms and then file them — in triplicate.

Now, all but a limited number of commercial property owners will be able to appeal online.

“People can file in their pajamas if they want to,” said Kelley Quinn, a spokeswoman for county Assessor Joseph Berrios, whose office sets the value of property for taxing purposes.

Officials couldn’t say how many more property owners might now appeal their assessments The board of review received about 439,000 appeals in 2009, up from 247,000 in 2006.

To appeal online, property owners still need to provide evidence of the overassessment — by possibly showing an error in the description of the property or by showing that neighbors with similar homes have lower assessments, officials said.

They said any supporting evidence must be mailed within five business days of filing the online complaint, and it will still take up to eight weeks for an appeal to go through the process.

If the appeal is successful, a property’s revised assessed value will be used to calculate the second-installment tax bill for 2011, which is sent out in fall 2012.



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