In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of the exemptions will automatically renew for tax year 2020. In the next few weeks, tens of thousands of households will receive a letter that confirms the auto-renewal of the exemptions placed on their home. For households who need to apply or reapply, applications will be made available by early February.
How can a property owner see which exemptions were applied to their home last year?
Check the Cook County Portal website, then review the Exemption History and Status section.
Exemptions that automatically renew for tax year 2020.
Property Tax Bills
The first installment tax bills have been posted to the Cook County Treasurer’s Website: www.cookcountytreasurer.com. The first installment is always 55% of the total previous year’s tax bill. It is due Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Due to COVID-19 they have waved late payment penalties for two months. All assessment changes due to the triennial reassessment and all exemptions will be taken into account on your second installment tax bill.
Tax bills may be paid on-line at www.cookcountytreasurer.com OR at Chase Bank OR by sending a check to the Cook County Treasurer.
Two-month Waiver of Property Tax Late Fees in 2021
The Cook County Board of Commissioners has voted to waive late fees for two months on both property tax installments due in 2021.
Our office is currently closed to the public but we are here to assist you. You may call our office at 708-366-2787. Please leave your name, address, phone number twice, and concern. Please speak slowly and clearly and have patience during this very busy time.
The Township Assessor serves as the local liaison with the Cook County Assessor office. The River Forest Township Assessor's Office acts as a tax payer advocate for local residents in the Cook County property tax system. With almost 1.8 million parcels in Cook County, assessments are determined triennially through a mass appraisal system by the Cook County Assessor. Our goal is to educate our taxpayers and to provide assistance and as they navigate the Cook County residential property system.
The Township Assessor's Office provides a multitude of services related to residential properties including:
Assessed valuation complaints or appeals with the Cook County Assessor and Cook County Board of Review
Property characteristic descriptions
Seminars on property assessments during appeal periods