$19.5 Million to Be Refunded By Cook County Treasurer’s Office

You or your client could be one of about 53,000 homeowners in Cook County projected to receive a refund due to property tax cuts. The Cook County Treasurer’s Office is refunding $19.5 million because of changes in property tax exemptions that took effect for the bill due August 1st. Once on the CookCountyTreasurer.com site, your client should follow these steps to check if they are entitled to a refund:
  1. Click “Your Property Tax Overview.”
  2. Search by address or by 14-digit Property Index Number, which can be found at the top of the most recent tax bill, near the amount due.
If they are entitled to a refund, your clients should have received a letter by August 9 detailing the refund schedule below:
  • 36,000 homeowners who earlier this year paid by check or online will receive a credit to their bank or credit card accounts by August 15th.
  • 15,000 homeowners who paid through a bank/mortgage escrow account will be mailed a refund check by October 15th.
  • 2,000 homeowners whose taxes were paid in cash will be mailed a refund application by August 15th to ensure the proper party receives the refund.
For more information about navigating the Cook County Treasurer site, read our blog “How to Pay Property Taxes Online.”