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Cook County’s second-installment property tax bills arriving

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas has mailed out nearly 1.8 million, second-installment property tax bills. Payments are due Oct. 1.

The new bills will bring the total amount billed countywide for 2020 to more than $16.1 billion, an increase of more than 3.4% from last year, a news release stated. A recent analysis by the Treasurer’s Office found the tax increase is hitting commercial property owners and Black and Latino suburban property owners the hardest (www.cookcountytreasurer.com/taxbillanalysisandstatistics.aspx).

To make a payment online, go to the website at www.cookcountytreasurer.com:

  • Select the blue box labeled “Pay Online for Free”
  • Search by property address or enter your Property Index Number (PIN)
  • There is no fee, if you pay from your bank account

Taxpayers also may use the website to search for $72 million in available refunds going back 20 years, and to verify property tax exemptions, which can lower the tax bill. Homeowners may be missing out on $43 million in exemptions.

To search for refunds or missing exemptions, visit cookcountytreasurer.com:

  • Select the purple box labeled “Your Property Tax Overview”
  • Search by property address or enter your Property Index Number (PIN)
  • Look for the results under “Are There Any Overpayments on Your PIN?”
  • Or the results under “Have You Received Your Exemptions in These Tax Years?”

Late payments are charged 1.5% per month, as required by Illinois law.