Illinois Property Tax


Illinois Property Tax Information


In Illinois property tax is assessed at a local level as oppossed to a state wide level. Property tax is only assessed on real property (homes, commercial, land, etc.) and is not assessed on personal property. Real estate is assessed at 1/3 of its market value.

You may have a legitimate complaint to appeal your assessment if you can support any of the following claims:

The assessor’s market value is higher than actual market value. (This claim can be supported if you have recently purchased your property on the open market or if you supply a professional appraisal.)

The assessed value is at a higher percentage of market value for your property than the prevailing township or county median level as shown in an assessment/sales ratio study. The primary assessment of the property is based on inaccurate information, such as an incorrect measurement of a lot or building. The assessment is higher than those of similar neighboring properties.



Informal appeal

You may contact your township or multi-township assessor or chief county assessment officer if you have a complaint. Calling an erroneous assessment to the assessor’s attention early in the year may result in a correction without using the formal appeal process. If the assessor still has the assessment books for that year, he or she can correct any erroneous assessment.

Note: Some chief county assessment officers require a written complaint form and may have rules regarding hearings and evidence.


Formal appeal

A formal appeal can be made in writing to your county board of review. Contact the board of review for more specific information including deadlines, complaint forms, evidence, rules of practice, etc.

Note: A written appeal to the county board of review is a prerequisite to any further appeal to the State Property Tax Appeal Board or the circuit court in your county.



Steps in appealing an assessment 



Evidence needed

To support a claim of an unfair assessment, you will need substantial evidence, some of which may be obtained from the township or county assessing official’s office, from a professional appraiser, or through research. Pertinent evidence for non farm property should include some or all of the following:


For further information, contact the local assessing official for the jurisdiction in which your property is located or one of our real estate profesionals located in your county.

Illinois Counties

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