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How are commercial properties assessed?

If you own a commercial property in Cook County, you may be wondering how the property tax assessment process works. The process can be complex and even a bit mystifying to the average citizen. You may review your tax bill and wonder how they came up with that number. Especially if it varies widely from your own understanding of the property.


Property tax appeals, other factors can change tax amount

Feeling disgruntled over taxes is something that most people in Chicago and elsewhere feel at some point or another. When it comes to paying taxes on their property, they may feel that they are paying an unfair amount or wonder why their tax amount increased. Changes in amount can take place, and some parties may find themselves considering property tax appeals if they do not feel that the amount owed is acceptable.

If individuals' property tax does change or differ from another area, they may wonder why. Though the ways in which tax assessments occur can vary from area to area, there are some common reasons why changes in amount could take place. For instance, if homeowners make improvements to their property, the market value of the area increases. As a result, the property taxes also increase, even for people who did not make improvements to their own homes.

Property tax appeals may result from revaluations

The value of a person's property and the surrounding properties significantly influences the amount of taxes paid on that property. In many cases, Chicago residents wonder whether they are paying the right amount of property taxes and whether they could potentially pay less. Often, property tax appeals can help them address this concern.

Numerous tax appeals have recently taken place in another state due to a revaluation of city property. It was noted that the revaluation was the first in over 25 years, and as a result, many homeowners in the area would see a reduction in their property taxes. However, not all residents and commercial property owners were pleased with the outcomes, which has resulted in a number of tax appeals.

Walmart location currently involved in assessment appeals case

Just like other property owners, business owners have to pay property taxes. The taxes owed on commercial property can be extensive, so understandably, company owners want to make sure that their tax assessments are correct. In some cases, businesses may need to take legal action for assessment appeals.

Chicago readers may be interested in a case that is currently underway in another state. According to reports, retail giant Walmart has filed a lawsuit that revolves around a specific location's property tax assessment for the previous two years. The company believes that an accurate assessment of the property is closer to a property value of $9.4 million. The current tax assessment reportedly has the property valued at $1.5 million more.

What tax law methods are used for property tax assessment?

Owning a home or any type of real estate in Chicago can be exciting. However, it also means that property taxes will be levied against the owners. Like many other forms of taxation, property tax may seem like a necessary evil to some, but they still must comply with the necessary tax law.

When it comes to determining the amount of property tax for a specific location, the property will receive a tax assessment. The assessor may use one of three common approaches to this assessment. It may involve determining the cost of the land alone and then adding that amount to the value of the home or any other structures and amenities on the property, which is the cost approach. Another option is to determine the amount by considering the average value of comparable surrounding homes, which is the sales comparison approach.

Property tax appeals deadline recently passed for Chicago

Chicago property owners have many financial factors to consider. For business owners, every financial aspect related to their companies is important, including property taxes. In some instances, business and property owners may feel that they are paying too much in property taxes, which can certainly cause their bottom line to take a hit, but property tax appeals may be able to help.

Various types of property are regularly assessed in order to determine the applicable amount of property tax. However, some owners often believe that the tax assessment is incorrect or another issue has caused their property tax amount to reach too high of a level. Fortunately, property owners can attempt to have their property assessments or tax amounts appealed in efforts to obtain a lower tax amount. Though assessment appeals are allowed every year, property owners must meet the designated deadline.

How are gas station property tax appeals handled?

Cook County, Illinois welcomes new assessor Fritz Kaegi and a general movement to make the commercial property assessment and appeals process more transparent. As a property owner, you may be paying more in taxes than you should and transparency can help make the process fairer.

For gas station commercial property owners, the appeals process is essential to ensure you are paying the appropriate taxes for your business. Gas stations are particularly vulnerable to unfair assessment based on the complicated nature of their business.

Refunds for property taxes given to homeowners in Chicago area

Understandably, many people hate having to address their taxes. Property taxes in particular can be difficult to handle, and some individuals may not know whether they are even paying an accurate amount. In some cases, property owners may actually be paying too much in taxes and be due a refund.

It was recently reported that approximately 30,000 homeowners in the Chicago area are set to receive property tax refunds. According to reports, the homeowners either paid more than what they owed or paid their bill only for their taxes to be reduced afterward. As a result, these homeowners will automatically receive refunds rather than having to apply for a refund. It was mentioned that new technology was helping with this endeavor, but details on that technology were not given in the report.

Property tax appeals may help Chicago homeowners

While most people love owning their own homes, they often hate having to contend with property taxes. In many cases, Chicago residents may think their property taxes are too high but that there is nothing they can do about it. Fortunately, that may not be the case. They may be able to file property tax appeals in hopes of having those taxes lowered.

When it comes to working toward a lower tax amount, individuals first need to understand their property assessments and their current taxes. Homeowners should receive new property assessments periodically, and those assessments indicate the value of the property. In some cases, people may believe that their property assessment is too high, causing their taxes to be too high. Possibly, this could happen because incorrect information was applied during the assessment, such as the home having more rooms or sitting on more property than it actually does.

Property tax assessment issues in Cook County

Many changes have happened at the Cook County Assessor’s office in the wake of the controversies over assessments that arose last year. This includes the recent leadership change at the office. It also includes reforms to residential assessments in the county.

Among the things these reforms have led to is significant residential property tax assessment hikes in some Chicago neighborhoods. Generally, affluent and gentrifying neighborhoods in the North Side and West Side have been seeing the biggest hikes.


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