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2nd Installment Tax Bills

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2nd Installment Tax Bills Due August 1st

At the end of June, the Cook County Treasurer’s office mailed second installment property tax bills for tax year 2017. According to Assessor Smogolski, the bills will be due August 1. 

 “The first installment bill due in March was an estimate based on last year’s bill, and did not reflect the impact of 2017 exemptions or appeals.  The second installment bill reflects both exemptions and appeals in order to arrive at a total amount due for tax year 2017,”  Assessor Smogolski said.  “The amount due on the second installment equals the total tax due for the year less the payment made for the first installment.” 

Can I do anything to reduce my current tax bill?   If you are eligible for a homeowner, senior citizen or other exemption but did not receive one, the Hanover Township Assessor’s office can assist you in obtaining a revised bill for a smaller amount.  If you have received all exemptions for which you are eligible, however, you likely will not be able to do anything about your current bill.

Thanks to a change in state law, the value of the homeowner and senior citizen exemptions is significantly higher this year than they were last year.  In addition, the maximum qualifying income for the Senior Freeze, an income-based program for low- to moderate-income senior citizens, has increased from $55,000 to $65,000.  Seniors who did not qualify for the Freeze in prior years should check their income records, because they may qualify for the first time this year. 

Can I do anything to reduce future tax bills?  Later this year, the Cook County Assessor and Board of Review will be accepting appeals from Hanover Township residents for next year’s taxes.  When appeal dates are announced, residents may call Hanover Township for help in preparing an appeal. 

Details about Paying Taxes.  If money for property taxes is paid into an escrow account with a taxpayer’s mortgage company, the financial institution should receive the tax bill electronically, even if the taxpayer also receives a copy of the bill.  Assessor Smogolski advises taxpayers with property tax escrows held by their mortgage companies not to pay property taxes on their own.  If they do, an overpayment of property taxes may result. 

Property owners who do not have mortgage companies paying their taxes can make tax payments in person, by mail, or on-line at the Cook County Treasurer’s web site,   In-person payments are accepted at the Cook County Treasurer’s downtown Chicago office at 118 N. Clark Street and at any Chase Bank in the Chicago area.  Chase Bank has branches located in or near Hanover Township.