$94 Million in Property Tax Refunds Available
The Office of the Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas, announced that property owners can recover $94.1 million in overpayments on the Cook County Treasurer’s website
Because refund claims often are disputed among different payers – including mortgage companies, banks, buyers, and sellers – the application requires proof that the refund applicant paid the taxes.
The Cook County Treasurer’s website has been updated so property owners can either search by address or Property Index Number (PIN) and get an instantaneous response for available refunds going back 20 years.
To check if you are entitled to a refund:
- Go to the Cook County Treasurer’s website
- Select “Your Property Tax Overview”
- Search by address or by PIN
- Look for the results under “Are There Any Overpayments on Your PIN?”
- Complete the online application if you believe you are entitled to a refund
By Illinois law, the total annual payout of refunds that arose before 2009 is capped at $2.5 million. The money available for refund has been distributed to taxing districts. If a refund is granted, the Treasurer’s Office recovers the money from the appropriate local government.