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McHenry County Protest

A group of frustrated taxpayers made good on a promise to return to the McHenry County Treasurer’s Office to again pay their property taxes in $1 bills.

At least three McHenry County property owners packed thousands of singles into suitcases and briefcases and hauled them to the treasurer’s office in order to pay their property taxes […]

Innovative approach to valuation

The tax authorities in Portugal have decided to increase property tax on residences that offer a good view.

People wait at the employment center to open in Sintra, Portugal. © Hugo CorreiaSpain & Portugal avoid budget fines
The tax on an apartment with decent views and facing south may go up 20 percent, reports The Portugal News.

At […]

Cook County Tax Bills

The 2d Installment 2015 Cook County Tax bills were due to be paid today.

Women’s Property Tax Association

The Women’s Property Tax Association today hosted a seminar entitled “Practice before the PTAB”. Attendance was full and suggest that this was just the first of many more such seminars.

Cook County Board of Review

It was standing room only as the Cook County Board of Review convened for the 2016-17 assessment year. The Board announced minor rule changes and restated their commitment to improve their digital filing system.

Cook County 2015 2d Installment Property Tax Bills

The Cook County 2015 2d installment property tax bills are in the mail and due August 1, 2016. They can be paid at the Cook County Treasurer’s Office or any Chicagoland Chase Bank. 

2015 Cook County Tax Rates Released

Cook County Clerk David Orr has released the 2015 tax rates for more than 1,400 taxing agencies. Chief among them is the city of Chicago where the 2015 rate is 6.867%, an increase of 0.9% over the 2014 rate.

2015 tax bills will be mailed during the last week of June and will be due August […]

States with the highest rates listed

Texas joins Illinois and three Northeastern States with the highest property tax. 
With tax appraisals going out soon, it’s no surprise that Texas is being singled out as a state with some of the highest property taxes.

“While higher median tax rates are seen primarily among states in the northeast, a notable exception is Texas, which has […]

Texas Proposal to Eliminate Property Tax

Collier: Why eliminating property taxes is a bad idea for Texas
OPINION By Mike Collier – Special to the American-Statesman 1

Posted: 11:26 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Like clockwork, the Texas Public Policy Foundation has recommended that Texas eliminate the property tax and replace it with an increased sales tax. They make this recommendation every year, more […]

2015 Cook County Multiplier set at 2.6685

SPRINGFIELD, IL, – Cook County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 2.6685, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The property assessment equalization factor, often called the “multiplier”, is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law. This equalization is particularly […]