Tax Assessment Appeals

taxA large percentage of homes in the Chicago area are being ‘taxed’ based on much higher property values, so there’s a very good chance you’re paying more than your fair share of property taxes!

Sometimes, matters like this can be resolved with a phone call. However, if after discussing your assessment with your local taxing authority you still feel as though your property has been overvalued, a professional, independent appraisal is often your best bet in proving your case.

That’s where Chicagoland Appraisals comes in. There are a lot of different procedures for appealing tax assessments so it’s important to enlist the help of a professional appraisal company that’s experienced and trained in the ins and outs of the appeal process.  We have attended the Appraisal Institute’s program that was specifically tailored to property tax appeal  “The Nuts and Bolts of Tax Appeal” Property Tax Seminar with Mock Hearing.  Contributors in the seminar included representatives from the Cook County Assessor’s Office, Cook County Board of Review and Cook County State’s Attorney Office.

Prior to hiring an appraiser it often makes sense to do your own research before determining whether to move forward with a property assessment appeal, especially before making the decision of hiring a professional appraiser.

Keep in mind, according to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), we as appraisers are not allowed to take “shortcuts” — i.e., your research – and use it as face value as part of our independent evaluation. When you hire us for an assessment appeal, you’re commissioning us as an independent, third-party to perform a professional appraisal report.

As such, we do our own evaluation from beginning to end. If you’re correct that your property has been overvalued, an independent report such as ours will be more persuasive than any other evidence you can provide on your own. But once again it does depend on our ability to do the work independently.

Give us a call today at 773-800-0269 with any questions you might have or

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For additional information on appealing real estate taxes see the article below:

Documentation is Key to Tax Appeals