If you’re reading this, you’re either a loyal fan of my blog or you’re searching online for information because, like me, you haven’t received a copy of your latest real estate tax bill. Even if your mortgage company automatically pays taxes through escrow, it’s a little nerve-wracking when your friends are complaining about their tax bills and you realize you haven’t even seen yours. You wonder if your mortgage provider has seen and paid them. You fear large tax penalties for late payment.
Click here to go to the Cook County Treasurer’s Office. Have your Property Identification Number (PIN), handy and you can find out all you need to know. You can check payment status, request a duplicate bill and update the mailing information that hasn’t made it to the county office in the 4 or 5 months since you closed on your house. (Wait, is that just me?) Be aware that in order to do anything official like change the name associated with your bill, you’ll need to mail in a form you can print from the site–once it’s been notarized, that is.
Hopefully, the notary public won’t get bent out of shape if your driver’s license still has your old address on it. I’ll let you know how that works out.
Did you get your tax bill and did it go up despite your house falling in value. Interesting formulas they use, huh?