You do not need a lawyer, tax representative, or appraiser to file an appeal on the assessed valuation of your home. In fact, most appeals are not filed through a lawyer. More often they are filed by the home owner themselves, and this can all be done online.
So how do I get started? Well, you can do all of the preparation on your own, for free, and file the appeal yourself. Your local Assessor’s office can help you locate the properties that can be used for comparisons when filing the appeal, and they do not charge for their service.
So why should you pay for a service like Residential Tax Appeal. Many people don’t have the time or desire to spend hours at the Assessor’s office or do the research on their own. Though the Assessor’s office makes the data publicly available, you need to plow through a lot of data to find the homes that fall into your property’s same group of comparables. Once you do, you’ll need to determine the ratio that they are each being assessed in order to compare it to your own. Once you’ve done this, you can find the best comparable properties to use as your basis for comparison when filing the appeal.
Seem like a lot of work? It certainly can be. For those that have the time and patience, by all means do the work yourself! RTA was founded under the belief that everyone should pay their fair share, and by offering a service at a fair price, we help Cook County residents prepare everything they need for their appeal without breaking the bank. If you want help with your property tax appeal, we’d love to add you to the list of customers that in 2020 saw an average reduction in their property assessment of over 11%.