Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a few changes to the property tax process this spring. These changes will provide financial relief to homeowners while allowing more time for staff to process filings while County Offices are closed.
Second Installment Late Fees Waived
Interest penalties for late payment of second-installment property tax bills due later this year will be delayed, giving property owners struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic more time to pay their bills without a late fee. The waiver would mean property owners would have until Oct. 1 to pay without facing a 1.5% interest penalty. Bills are normally due by Aug. 3.
2020 Property Tax Appeals Delayed
The 2020 property tax appeals dates have been delayed and new dates are starting to be announced.
Palatine Township assessments were mailed on May 5. The last date to appeal your assessment is June 6. The dates for Northfield and Wheeling Township have not been announced yet. You can learn more about your assessment and how to file an appeal here.
Annual Tax Sale Postposed
Currently, the 2018 Annual Tax Sale for tax-delinquent properties has been postponed indefinitely. You can still pay any owed taxes and interest online at cookcountytreasurer.com or at a Chase bank or a local community bank. The Cook County Treasurers Office is currently closed to the public and you cannot currently pay your taxes in person. You can learn more about the property tax sale here.