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Assessor Berrios Alerts Homeowners to Check Second-Installment Tax Bills for Exemptions

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios alerted taxpayers that they should carefully check their second-installment tax bills which will be arriving in mailboxes early this week to ensure they receive all the money-saving exemptions to which they are entitled.

“It’s critical that all eligible homeowners review their tax bills to ensure their exemptions appear on their bills,” Assessor Berrios explained. “If an exemption does not appear and time permits, taxpayers may contact my office to receive adjusted bills.”

Eligible homeowners who believe they are missing exemptions may download exemption Certificate of Error forms by visiting the Assessor’s Web site at or by contacting the office at 312-443-7550 to request a form be mailed to them. Taxpayers visiting any of the Assessor’s office locations should be aware that the busiest time typically peaks between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

To qualify for exemptions on this year’s second-installment tax bills, the following requirements must be met.                                                                                               

  • Ø Homeowner ExemptionThis exemption is available to owners of single-family homes, condominiums, cooperatives and apartment buildings up to six units. The property must have been occupied January 1, 2011, been used as a principal place of residence and the owner must be responsible for payment of the property taxes.

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