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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.

If the property involves rental homes or other income property, the assessor will determine the property’s income potential. From there, the tax amount will be determined, which is the income approach. Of course, assessments may not always be accurate, and if a property owner believes that the property taxes are too high, it may be wise to appeal the assessment or amount.

Property tax and assessment appeals can often help Chicago property owners reach a more accurate tax amount. Of course, tax law is complicated, and many individuals may not understand the appeals process or may not feel comfortable trying to carry out an appeal alone. Fortunately, they do not have to. Knowledgeable tax attorneys can help interested parties with such endeavors.