Property Tax Appeals | Chicago Association of REALTORS®



Ensure your clients know how to appeal their property tax assessments to avoid overpaying. Here is a streamlined overview of how to work with your clients on what can be a complicated issue.

Properties in Cook County are reassessed every three years, and property taxes are based on these assessments. By appealing your assessment, you may be able to significantly reduce your property tax bill. Once assessment notices are mailed, by township, a property owner has 30 days to file an appeal.

If unsuccessful at Assessor’s office, owners can appeal once more to the Board of Review, which follows another schedule. See the FAQs for more information!

Notify your clients when their township opens!

Township Schedule

Important Notes

  • There is no cost to a property owner to file an appeal
  • When you appeal to the Assessor or Board of Review, there is no chance an assessment will be increased as a result of appeal. In other words, there is no penalty; when an owner appeals, the assessment will either remain the same or be lowered.
  • Use our infographic to guide your clients through the appeals process visually.
  • There are many tax professionals that can assist your clients with the process. Here is a list of C.A.R. member tax professionals.


Ask the Treasurer

We’re working with Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas to get your questions answered about property taxes, so you can be a valued resource to your clients throughout the process. What questions do you have for her? Submit them here.

CAR Property Tax Appeal Workshop

On August 17th, we hosted a Property Tax Appeal Workshop. The Cook County Board of Review joined us to discuss how to reduce property taxes and better educate and assist your clients. View the on-demand recording of the event below.


Property Tax Bill Resources

From the Cook County Treasurer’s Office:

  1. Understanding Your Property Tax Bill
  2. How to Fight Your Property Tax Bill
  3. 20-Year Tax Bill History (search by PIN)
  4. Property Tax Exemptions (in 2021 most exemptions will automatically renew)

From Illinois REALTORS®:

CAR Members Who Specialize in Property Tax Consulting

Molly Phelan
Much Shelist, P.C.

Office: 312.521.2679

George Relias
Relias & Tsonis, LLC

(312) 428-3021

Stella Black
Berkshire Hathaway


Kurt Fujio
Kurt F. Fujio, Attorney at Law

(312) 798-9652

Anastasia Poulopoulos
Anastasia M. Poulopoulos, Ltd.

(312) 545-9252

Dimitri Trivizas
Dimitrios P. Trivizas, Ltd.
(312) 256-7333

Jason R. Terrell 
Certified Illinois Assessing Officer
(888) 959-4824