Cook County Treasurer Goes Paperless!

Cook County Treasurer Goes Paperless!

By E. Christopher Caravette

February 18, 2017

Like many credit card companies, the Cook County Treasurer now offers eBilling to taxpayers. Beginning with the 2016 2nd Installment Tax Bill (which will issue this summer), you can receive your tax bills via electronic mail.

To participate, all you need to do is create an eBilling account at www.cookcountytreasurer.com. The eBilling service is free and will allow you to link to your online bill where you can view details and make online payments.

Once you are registered, you will no longer receive tax bills via the U.S. Postal Service.

In addition to sending tax bills by email, the Treasurer will also send you a reminder prior to the due date of each installment.

This service is especially helpful if you keep track of multiple tax bills. You can register up to ten (10) properties per eBilling account.

Some of the benefits of this new service include:

  • It saves paper and postage
  • It provides a permanent electronic record
  • It provides convenient access to pay online
  • You won’t have to worry about late or lost mail

For additional information, please contact me at christopher@caravette.com.

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(Note: The information in this article is intended to be general in nature. Plan to discuss your particular circumstances with an attorney for how this might apply to you.)

First Installment 2016 Cook County Tax Bills are Out!!

First Installment 2016 Cook County Tax Bills are Out!!

By E. Christopher Caravette

February 1, 2017

By now, every owner of real estate in Cook County will have received the First Installment of 2016 real estate tax bill.

What you should know:

  • In Cook County, we pay annual real estate taxes in two (2) installments. The First Installment bill is always fifty-five percent (55%) of the prior year’s total tax bill. The Second Installment bill will, therefore reflect any increase or decrease in annual taxes.
  • Many homeowners already escrow taxes each month with their mortgage lender. If you are one of those homeowners, your lender will pay this bill (so don’t pay it yourself). It is always advisable, particularly if it is during your first year of ownership of the property, to make a quick call to the lender to confirm they received and are paying the bill.
  • Those homeowners who do not escrow taxes must pay this bill on or before Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Payments can be made online, in person, or at several banks (go to cookcountytreasurer.com for details).

For additional information, please contact me at christopher@caravette.com.

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(Note: The information in this article is intended to be general in nature. Plan to discuss your particular circumstances with an attorney for how this might apply to you.)