Chicago Homeowners Can Now Challenge Tax Bills From Home

September 06, 2011

For the first time ever, Chicago real estate owners have the opportunity to appeal their property taxes from the comfort of their own homes.

couple using a computer and a calculatorBeginning today, September 6, any of the 1.83 million real estate owners in Cook County who feel the county assessor over-valued their parcels can challenge their property tax bills online.

Before this, property owners had to physically go into an office and submit paperwork for an appeal.

Now, property owners can simply visit to fight their property tax bills. From there, a three-member panel will assess the appeals and come to a determination.

More than 380,000 Cook County real estate owners appealed their 2009 tax bills last year. With this new online option, those fighting their 2010 property tax bills could rise.

This new online filing system is available to all Cook County homeowners. Some commercial property owners will still have to file some paperwork in person, but the Board is hoping for the entire process to eventually be online.

Another new rule this year: Cook County property owners who attend an outreach session can fill out a form explaining why they should be granted a tax break.

For more information on the new online filing system and to set your appeal into motion, visit

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