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Old 11-23-2013, 10:07 PM
Location: Not where you ever lived
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The Tax Rate for each county is set individually by the state. There are several ways to lower the bill. Homestead, age, active or retired military, income, and medical. There is also Appeal to the County Tax Assessor for relief.

I cannot stress enough that EVERY County Appeals Board date in Illinois meets at different times than a neighbor county. There is no consistence, and each has a different income threshold.

Living outside city limits also lowers the total tax bill as you are not paying forf city services. .

To Appeal You must [1] fall under the max financial income. In my county it is $55,000 for two. [2] There must be a valid reason such as paying more the home than it was worth. I would suppose if the house was in a decling neighborhood that would be a reason too. [3] You must submit a fresh appraisal.

To validate this claim your parents must have a FRESH home appraisal by a State Certified House Appraiser. Every county has an appeal date. The appraisal must be submitted within X number of days before the appeal date closes. The date is different in every county. In Cook it might be 6 months or 30 days; My county is 50 days before the date closes and the Appeals Board meets. An ex-veteran, chronic illness, over 65, living at the residence in January for two years such as (Dec 1, 2011 - Feb 1, 2013), over 65, and living in a declining 'hood should knock the tax bill down considerably. It is a long process. As far as I know the Appeals Board only hears residential appeals once a year.

Originally Posted by MSchemist80 View Post
I don't know about other counties but Cook is ridiculous. My mother's senior and homestead property tax exemption gives her $200 and $500 off a $7000 bill. Most seniors leave the state after retiring to avoid being sucked dry by the failing govt here. If you really want to be in the greater Chicago area consider NW Indiana.
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