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How Illinois Property Taxes are Calculated

How Illinois property taxes are calculated and their affect on home values

Illinois homeowners pay the second-highest property taxes in the nation according to real estate data company Attom Data Solutions.

Most people will tell you they think their taxes are too high, and now you have the confirmation. Only residents of New Jersey pay higher property taxes than Illinois, with Vermont, Texas, and New Hampshire not far behind.

Of course, property taxes are essential to maintaining government services such as public schools, water lines, sewers, roads, infrastructure, parks, and libraries.

It’s not out of line though to wonder if they’are worth it.

In this post, we discuss how property taxes affect your return on home ownership and how property taxes are calculated in the state of Illinois. The method of calculation may surprise you.

 

How property taxes affect homeownership returns

  • Property taxes affect home values
  • Property taxes siphon off money that would be spent building equity
  • Second-highest cost of homeownership
  • Home appreciation prices are held in check by property taxes
  • High property taxes don’t see home values rise as quickly

Your property taxes affect home values and take away money that you could potentially spend on home improvements, paying off your mortgage sooner and building equity.

Property taxes are the second-highest cost of homeownership after your mortgage. They are a key indicator of profitability for real estate investors.

Home appreciation prices are held in check by property taxes. This can be both a benefit or a hindrance. In high-tax states, home prices don’t rise as quickly during a housing boom because people have to pay for those higher values through taxes.  On the potential upside, those same markets are somewhat more protected from wild price swings.

 

How property  taxes are assessed

Most people assume that property taxes are based on the assessment of properties.

Your property tax bill actually starts with how much the county, municipality, and taxing districts (school district, park district, library district, etc.) expect to spend.

The various taxing bodies figure out their budget based on the prior year’s budget plus an annual increase. They then figure out home much money they can expect from the state, assess the current taxable value of the property in the districts, and then the county clerk figures out the tax rate.

The county clerk calculates the tax rate based on the amount that the taxing districts are allowed to receive reconciled with the assessed property value.

In other words, taxes are based on how much they expect to spend, based on what they can get.

This can be very confusing because it is the opposite of how income taxes work. With income taxes, the more you make, the more you pay. But when your property value goes down, it doesn’t mean your property taxes go down.

 

Disputing your property tax assessment

If you think you are paying too much in taxes because your own property is not worth as much as the assessor thinks it is, you need to protest the specific assessment.

You will need to provide evidence that your property is not worth as much as the assessor thinks it is. This may include property sizes, home upgrades, location, and other factors.

There is also a time limit as to when you can contest your assessment.  For example, in DuPage County, the period during which an appeal may be filed ends thirty days after the publication of the township assessment roll. This publication date varies, but in DuPage County, it is usually in October.

 

Property tax equalization rate

Most states figure property taxes based on local budgets and assessed values, which translate to a tax rate. It can’t be that easy in Illinois though.

Illinois complicates the tax calculation by applying an “equalization” factor that figures the final tax rate up or down.

According to a 2017 press release from the Illinois Department of Revenue, the department figures out the equalization rate “for each county by comparing the actual selling price of individual properties, over a three-year period, with the assessed value placed on those properties by the county assessor and adjusted by the board of review.” 

State law requires that the total equalized assessed value of all property in Illinois counties equals 33 1/3 percent of the fair market value. The press release goes on to say that “if the median level of assessment for all property in the county varies from the 33 1/3 percent level required by law, an equalization factor is assigned to bring assessments to the legal mandated level.”

Municipalities have the right to accept or reject the equalization factor, which further complicates the issue.

When appealing your property tax bill, you must take into consideration how your own bill was assessed based on the equalization factor.

If you successfully appeal your assessment, your bill might not go down by much, or not at all, depending on how your municipality uses the equalizer.

 

Understanding this system will help you to vote and comment with an informed opinion about how the system can be improved for everyone.

 

Article Source: You know Illinois’ property taxes are sky-high. But the calculation process might surprise you. – Chicago Tribune


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The Law Offices of Lora Fausett P.C. provides real estate law services including loan modificationsbuying and selling legal assistanceshort sales and deeds in lieumortgage foreclosure defense, and more.

Located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and serving clients in DuPageCookKane, Will, and Kendall Counties.

For Information Call 630-858-0090


Illinois Has Second Highest Property Taxes in Nation

Illinois has second highest property taxes in nation

A recent study has concluded that Illinois has the second highest property taxes in the nation, second only to the state of New Jersey.

Complaining about property taxes is a common pastime in this country, but if you’re an Illinois resident, you can be assured that it’s not your imagination. Illinois has the second highest property taxes in the country.

The finding comes from an article “States with the Highest Property Taxes” from Realtor.com which used data from a survey “2018’s Property Taxes by State” conducted by WalletHub.com.

The Illinois statewide average effective tax rate is 2.32%, nearly double the national average according to Smart Asset. The average homeowner in Illinois pays $4,058 annually in property taxes. Many residents in Chicago and the surrounding counties pay more.

 

Top 10 states with the highest property taxes

New Jersey: $7,601 (2.4%)
Illinois: $4,058 (2.32%)
New Hampshire: $5,241 (2.19%)
Connecticut: $5,443 (2.02%)
Wisconsin: $3,257 (1.95%)
Texas: $2,654 (1.86%)
Nebraska: $2,506 (1.83%)
Vermont: $3,893 (1.78%)
Michigan: $2,185 (1.71%)
Rhode Island: $3,929 (1.65%)

 

Top 10 states with the lowest property taxes

Hawaii: $1,459 (0.27%)
Alabama: $550 (0.43%)
Louisiana: $750 (0.51%)
Delaware: $1,274 (0.55%)
District of Columbia: $2,811 (0.56%)
Colorado: $1,516 (0.57%)
South Carolina: $821 (0.57%)
West Virginia: $629 (0.59%)
Wyoming: $1,223 (0.61%)
Arkansas: $721 (0.63%)

 

Property tax bills Kane & DuPage CountyNew tax codes will be felt

For high property tax states such as Illinois, New Jersey, and New Hampshire, it will be getting even worse once the new tax code kicks in next year.

In the past, property taxes were a separate tax deduction you could take in full. Starting in 2018, property taxes will be part of a lump deduction along with state and local sales and income taxes that will be capped at $10,000, even for those married filing jointly.

 

The effect of high property taxes on Illinois

Property taxes are not just an afterthought when buying a home. They can cause buyers to steer clear of certain areas. Illinois is suffering from four straight years of population loss, and in 2017 it dropped from the fifth largest state to the sixth.

Related: High Property Taxes Sending Illinois Homeowners Towards a Cliff 

“I have shown buyers properties that they fell in love with, only to say a big fat no because the taxes were too high,” says real estate agent Denise Supplee at SparkRental.com. “So, property taxes do matter! And the new cap of $10,000 on property and other taxes will only make it more difficult for high-property-tax states.”

There are other factors in play when it comes to the overall cost of living other than property taxes.

Cook County Property Tax Assessments“Every state has their own mixture of taxes that they rely on to fund government services, primarily schools,” says Norton Francis, a senior research associate at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a think tank.

States with lower property taxes may have higher income or sales taxes. Some states with higher property taxes have lower income or sales taxes. Some states rely heavily on surcharges for gasoline and cigarettes. Often times, areas with the highest property taxes also have some of the best schools.

Taxes are only one variable that people consider when it comes to buying a home or deciding where to move. One must also consider factors such as job opportunities, schools, and crime rates.

Even considering other factors though, Illinois’  second-highest property taxes in the country is likely contributing to the state’s population loss.

 


* Advertising Material: To the extent that the information in this post is interpreted as attorney advertising in accordance with the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct or within the meaning of state bar rules from all other localities, this statement is made pursuant to those rules.

Specialties: Specialization claims are prohibited by Illinois Supreme Court Rules and we do not claim to be specialists. The content of this e-mail is organized and presented for the sole purpose of general information. None of the included content should be construed as legal advice. Viewing this e-mail or e-mailing the account holder does not create an attorney-client relationship. NOTICE: This page may be considered advertising material.


The Law Offices of Lora Fausett P.C. provides real estate law services including loan modificationsbuying and selling legal assistanceshort sales and deeds in lieumortgage foreclosure defense, and more.

Located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and serving clients in DuPageCookKane, Will, and Kendall Counties.

For Information Call 630-858-0090


Sources:

2018’s Property Taxes by State – WalletHub
These States Have the Highest Property Taxes, but a Possible Loophole Offers Hope – Realtor
Should You Steer Clear of the States With the Highest Property Taxes? – Realtor
Best and Worst States for Property Taxes – The Balance
Illinois drops from the fifth-largest state to No. 6 – Chicago Tribune

 

Illinois State Tax Lien Registry

Illinois home with tax lien

On January 1, 2018, the new State Tax Lien Registration Act went into effect, changing how state tax liens are filed in Illinois.

The act created a single centralized Illinois State Tax Lien Registry for filing notices of tax liens.

 

What is Statewide Tax Lien Registry?

The Statewide Tax Lien Registry is an online, searchable database of Illinois tax liens filed or released by the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). The registry documents all active tax liens as of January 1, 2018, and all future lien filings and releases.

Registry Website: Illinois State Tax Lien Registry

IDOR will no longer be recording its liens or releases with local county recorders.  Going forward, IDOR will maintain its own searchable Illinois State Tax Lien Registry and you can no longer search for liens through your county.

 

Illinois State Tax Lien Registry Video

 

How to know if a tax lien has been filed?

Anyone can search the Illinois State Tax Lien Registry. The registry is the only location available to search liens filed by the Illinois Department of Revenue. You will no longer be able to inquire through each individual county.

 

How to access the Illinois Tax Lien Registry?

You can access the registry through the “Lien Registry” link under the “Quick Links” section on the Illinois Department of Revenue website at tax.illinois.gov, or visit this direct link.

 

How do I find a tax lien?

When you are at the Statewide Tax Lien Registry, you can search for a tax lien using multiple forms of search criteria including:

  • Lien ID
  • FEIN
  • Business name
  • Lien filed or released date
  • Taxpayer first and last name
  • Street address
  • Combination of above

Seal of IllinoisSearch results are dependent on how the taxpayer is registered with the department. A general search or using a partial name could provide multiple results.

Search results will appear as a list of liens at the bottom of the screen. If no tax lien appears in the list area, you may want to modify search criteria to assure you have the correct information.

The results row will identify specific information about the lien, such as the date filed and the date released if applicable. For more information on a specific lien, click on the blue “Lien ID” hyperlink. The lien detail will now be visible.

Any questions about the status or the validity of the tax lien must be addressed by the taxpayer. The taxpayer is the only person who may contact the department about the lien. Call by phone at 217-785-5299.

 

Due diligence recommended

Because this tax lien system is new, property owners with existing tax liens before January 1, 2018, should perform due diligence that includes searching both the Illinois State Tax Lien Registry and your county recorder office to ensure all relevant state tax lien information is discovered.

 

Vist the Illinois Statewide Tax Lien Registry

 


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The Law Offices of Lora Fausett P.C. provides real estate law services including buying and sellingshort salesmortgage foreclosure defense and more.

For Information Call 630-858-0090


 

NATIONAL MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT

The Federal Government & Attorneys General have reached a landmark settlement with major banks. The agreement covers roughly $25 billion in relief for distressed borrowers, states and federal government. After many months of negotiation, 49 state attorneys general and the federal government have reached agreement on a historic joint state-federal settlement with the country’s five largest loan servicers:

Ally/GMAC
Bank of America
Citi
JPMorgan Chase
Wells Fargo Who May be Eligible for Assistance

Because of the complexity of the mortgage market and this agreement, which will be performed over a three-year period, borrowers will not immediately know if they are eligible for relief. Borrowers from states who did not sign the settlement will not be eligible for any of the relief directly to homeowners. Borrowers from Oklahoma will not be eligible for any of the relief directly to homeowners because Oklahoma elected not to join the settlement.

The settlement provides assistance for:

Homeowners needing loan modifications now, including first and second lien principal reduction. The servicers are required to work off up to $17 billion in principal reduction and other forms of loan modification relief nationwide.

State attorneys general anticipate the settlement’s requirement for principal reduction will show other lenders that principal reduction is one effective tool in combating foreclosure and that it will not lead to widespread defaults by borrowers who really can afford to pay.

Borrowers who are current, but underwater. Borrowers will be able to refinance at today’s historically low interest rates. Servicers will have to provide up to $3 billion in refinancing relief nationwide.

Borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure with no requirement to prove financial harm and without having to release private claims against the servicers or the right to participate in the OCC review process. $1.5 billion will be distributed nationwide to some 750,000 borrowers. Additional information is available at: http://www.nationalmortgagesettlement.com/help.