Office of the Taxpayer Advocate
Jerry Sadler , Assessor, C.I.A.O.
Staff: Mary Sebastian Chief Deputy Assessor, C.I.A.O., Julia Lipka Deputy Assessor, C.I.A.O., Barbara Raisanen, Kimberly Bless, Jane Bernard C.I.A.O., Cathy Sloan
COOK COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW
After the Cook County Assessor has certified and published the final assessments from their appeals, the Cook County Board of Review will announce the appeal period for Wheeling Township property owners. You may file an appeal on-line or a hard copy appeal to be mailed to the Cook County Board of Review by the deadline.
If you file a hard copy appeal at the township office, please drop off a few days before the appeal deadline, so we can deliver it to the Cook County Board of Review on time. If you plan on dropping it off with us, call to see when our deadline is. Check the Cook County website for the
exact dates to file with the county.
If successful in getting a reduction of your assessed value, the effect will appear on the second installment tax bills paid in the calendar year 2018.
If you need help finding comparables, email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- E-mail address
- Property index # (found on your tax bill)
- Address and phone number
We will e-mail comparables and instructions for appealing as soon as possible. You can also call or visit the county office in Skokie located in the Cook County Circuit Courthouse at: 5600 W. Old Orchard Rd., Rm 149. Phone #: 847-470-7237. You may also drop off your appeal at their office.
The Board of Review still maintains a county office in the Rolling Meadows Circuit Courthouse. You do not have to file with the Cook County Assessor first to file an appeal with the Board of Review. Check the Board of Review website periodically to follow the filing dates for our township www.cookcountyboardofreview.com.
Cook County has increased the exemption amounts for 2017 for the bills payable in 2018.
The new homeowner exemption amount will be 10,000 off the EAV, or 10,000 X the local tax rate.
The new senior exemption amount will be 8,000 off the EAV - or 8,000 X the local tax rate.
The county has increased the income limitation allowing up to $65,000 gross household income from the previous income tax year. The senior freeze will be at least 2,000 off the EAV - or 2,000 X the local tax rate. Therefore, all seniors who qualify based on their household income will see a reduction.
Under current law, SENIOR EXEMPTIONS MUST BE RENEWED EVERY YEAR. Anyone who received a senior exemption on their property in the past and still qualifies for the exemption must submit a renewal form each year. The Cook County Assessor's Office mails senior citizen renewal applications for senior citizen property tax exemptions in early January. The renewal forms should be returned to the Cook County Assessor's office by February 3, 2018.
If you file after the deadline, your exemptions will not show on your tax bill. If you or your mortgage company pay the full amount, you will receive a refund, if you file a Certificate of Error. Please note that the bill is still due on the original due date whether you receive the revised bill or not.
Eligibility for Senior Citizen Exemptions (Born in 1952 or Earlier)
There are two senior citizen property tax exemptions:
- The Senior Exemption, available to all seniors regardless of income, reduces the Equalized Assessed Value on your 2nd Installment bill by 8,000. That can equate into a savings of $500 or more annually on the property tax bill.
EVEN IF YOU DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE SENIOR FREEZE-fill out the FRONT of the form to renew
your senior exemption.
- 2. Senior Freeze may provide some seniors with additional savings if the combined gross income of all occupants in a senior's household is less than $65,000 (for income tax year 2016), and if the senior has been an owner-occupant of the house since January 1, 2016. The senior freeze does not freeze the total amount due each year. It freezes the total assessed value. You are still subject to the state equalizer and local tax rate changing each year.
Exemptions can only be taken on one property, and that must be the owner's principal residence. One senior/senior freeze exemption per household is permitted. If you have questions, need a form or help in completing the form, please contact us at 847-259-1515, or visit the Wheeling Township Assessor's office. We ask that you always have the 14-digit property index number (PIN) available when you call or visit with any property tax questions. The PIN can be found at the top of your property tax bill.
Homeowners who were born in 1952 and turned sixty-five in 2017 would not have received senior application forms when the senior renewal forms were mailed. A first-time applicant must complete the 2017 Homeowner/Senior Exemption application or the 2017 Senior Freeze application and attach a copy of the most recent property tax bill and a current driver's license or a valid Illinois State I.D. at the address of the subject property. The forms are available online at www.cookcountyassessor.com or from our office. They can be mailed to the address on the form or dropped at our office for forwarding to the Cook County Assessor's office.
Homeowners who were born in 1953 and will turn 65 in 2018 will be eligible for the senior exemptions in 2019 when Cook County property owners pay property taxes for 2018. These forms will not be available until mid January 2019.
DISABLED VETERAN EXEMPTION
Veterans with 30%-49% service connected disability receive 2,500 reduction in the equalized assessed value (EAV).
Veterans with 50%-69% service connected disability receive 5,000 reduction in the EAV.
Veterans with 70% or more service connected disability are completely exempt from property taxation on their primary residence. The property's EAV must be less than 250,000.
The Disabled Persons' Homeowner Exemption provides an annual 2,000 reduction in the EAV of the property. The property must have been owned and occupied on January 1 of the assessment year by a disabled person who is liable for the payment of property taxes.
The first installment tax bill is mailed in February, and is due at the beginning of March. If you go away for the winter, the county will not forward the bill, so you will have to go online to find out what is due and either pay online, or mail a check to the Cook County Treasurer. You may request a bill to be emailed or have a duplicate mailed to a different address. The second installment bills usually get mailed in July and are due at the beginning of August. Exemptions are deducted from the second installment bill.
We offer the following services to residents of Wheeling Township:
- Assistance with the Filing of Assessment Appeals through the Cook County Assessor's Office and Cook County Board of Review
- Application for and verification of Homeowner's, Senior, Senior Freeze, Returning Veterans', and Disabled Persons' Homestead Exemptions
- Assistance with filing for Real Estate Tax Refunds (Certificates of Error)
- Provide property index numbers (PIN) as required by local municipal variance applications
- Information and Assistance with Use of Relevant Cook County Real Estate Internet Sites, i.e. Cook County Assessor, Cook County Board of Review, Cook County Treasurer, Cook County Recorder of Deeds and Cook County Clerk
- Assistance with Name and Address Changes for the Cook County Treasurer's Office and Property Location Changes for the Cook County Assessor's Office
- Processing of Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy with the Cook County Assessor for Entry on Tax Rolls
- Maintain current Real Estate Sales Transfer Declarations
- Free Notarization for property tax-related forms
- Provide forms for division and consolidation applications
Township Assessors do not assess property in Cook County. The Cook County Township Assessors including Wheeling Township are not funded or controlled by the County Assessor. Assessment levels for all properties are set by the Cook County Assessor. The Wheeling Township Office cooperates with the Cook County Assessor's Office in order to assist the taxpayer - you. We serve as your Taxpayer Advocate.
The Cook County Assessor is required by law to identify and assign fair market values to all properties in Cook County. The County Assessor does not set taxes, mail bills or collect taxes. The County Assessor is responsible only for estimating the value of your property, which determines your assessed valuation.
"This site provides an overview of property tax information for any property within Cook County and serves as a "portal" into related sites."
This site provides information about the Cook County Assessor's (Joseph Berrios) office, which is responsible for assessing all property in Cook County. You can use this site to look up the assessment and characteristics of your property as well as the other 1.8 million parcels of property in the county. That information can be used as evidence in your assessment appeal at the County Assessor's Office, Board of Review and Property Tax Appeal Board. The county Assessor's site also contains information about property exemptions.
This site will tell you how to file an assessment appeal at the Board of Review.
The Treasurer's web site allows you to check the status of your property tax bill payments as well as directing you where and how to pay your tax bill. Information is also available on refunds, services for senior, exemptions and tax dates.
The Cook County Recorder of Deeds site can be used to look up information about property transactions, deeds and mortgages.
The state of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) site will provide information on how to file an assessment appeal at PTAB. ***ALERT*** Be advised that you may only file an appeal at PTAB if you have previously filed an appeal at the Cook County Board of Review for the tax year in question.
Find information on redemption of delinquent property taxes that have been sold. Learn how the Clerk's office calculates tax rates based on tax levies. This site will also give you information on how to get legal descriptions of parcels and copies of tax maps.