Property owners will be receiving their blue assessment notices over the next few weeks. It's important for taxpayers to read and understand this notice. This newsletter will connect you to the resources you will need to help you evaluate your property assessment.
Evaluating your 2013 property assessment valuation
Review all of the information on the assessment notice.
Visit assessor.lakecountyil.gov to review assessment information including property characteristics, comparable property information, and the e-filing process.
If an assessment appeal is in order, prepare evidence by using the Lake County Comparable Grid at assessor.lakecountyil.gov, and other materials such as appraisals, or sales documents.
Complete an assessment appeal form (by paper, or electronically using the e-filing system) and submit with supporting evidence to the Board of Review by the prescribed deadline.
You can attend the hearing in person, by telephone, or submit case materials and ask the Board of Review to decide the case based on the evidence provided. This is the most efficient mode for an assessment appeal. Most cases can be resolved without in-person or telephone hearing. Particularly cases based upon a recent purchase of a subject property, or those based upon an appraisal provided by an Illinois licensed provider.
What you need to know for 2013
Can I e-file my assessment appeal with the Board of Review?
On-line filing of appeals will be available in Lake County in 2013. Some taxpayers used this process last year as well. The on-line filing application allows for the uploading of evidence such as the Lake County Comparable Property Grid, an ad valorem appraisal and a legal brief. For cases regarding the recent sale of a subject property, the on-line application requires answering a series of questions about the transaction and allows for the upload of a HUD-1 or Settlement Statement. Filers will receive an email confirmation that their case has been submitted within one business day of the filing being completed. It is important to note that the on-line appeal application depends upon the successful operation of many electronic systems, each beyond the control of the Board of Review. Lake County cannot guarantee the availability of the on-line application, and the Board highly recommends appellants not wait until a filing deadline to submit their appeals on-line. Filing deadlines are fixed and not extended if, for some reason, the on-line application is unavailable.
The Board of Review has made some changes to its rules and procedures for assessment appeal hearings. One misconception is that a property owner would need to have an attorney to file an assessment appeal.
Can a taxpayer still file an assessment appeal?
Yes, in nearly all instances a taxpayer can file the assessment appeal without the assistance of an attorney. The county provides a tremendous amount of property assessment related information on the CCAO website. The Board of Review has tools that can be used for searching for comparable property information and completing forms on the office website. Corporations and limited liability companies will need to utilize an attorney in the assessment appeal for their properties.
Resources for Individual Assistance
Tax Assessment Help Centers
Throughout the months of August and September, the Chief County Assessment Office will host a number of Tax Assessment Help Centers. The Help Centers provide one-on-one taxpayer assistance in evaluating property assessments.
Weekdays will be from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday sessions will be from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
College of Lake County Southlake Educational Center
1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills
Aug- 8, 15, 22, 29
Sept- 5, 12
University Center of Lake County
1200 University Center Dr., Grayslake
Aug - 1, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
Sept - 3, 7, 10, 14
Taxpayer advocates will be available at the Chief County Assessment Office
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Visit the Assessor's Office website at assessor.lakecountyil.gov to review assessment information including property characteristics, comparable property information, and the e-filing process