Cook County Residents Can Now Start Filing Property Tax Overpayment Refund Claims
(Orland Park), IL – On September 1, 2011, Cook County residents can begin filing claims with the county treasurer’s office for refunds on any property tax overpayments or erroneous assessments that occurred within the last ten years, thanks to legislation recently approved by Governor Pat Quinn.
The new law, Public Act 97-0521, sponsored by State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island), extends from the current five years to 10 years in which Cook County property tax overpayment refund claims can be filed with the Cook County Treasurer. Claims can be made if the right to refund arose after January 1, 2000.
“By creating a special program that extends the claim period, we can help residents collect the money they are owed,” said Rita.
“Cook County residents should quickly take advantage of the program before the deadline or the available money runs out.”
Claims can be filed until September 1, 2012.
Refunds will be issued in the order in which claims are received, but no claims will be paid when the total amount of money available under the legislation reaches $350,000. All claims must be made by mail or in person at the treasurer’s office.
Additionally, the treasurer’s office will be required to publish details of the program on its website.
Quinn signed the law on August 23, 2011.
The legislation was sponsored by State Senator Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) in the state senate.