Property Owners Have Until April 30 To Pay Late Tax Bills Or Risk Annual Sale

Thursday, April 26, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Property owners have until 11:59 p.m. on April 30 to pay their past due property tax bills or risk their houses, buildings or lots getting included in the annual delinquent tax sale that starts Friday, May 4.

According to an April 19 Chicago Sun-Times article, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said at the time that more than 39,000 people in Cook County owed taxes, down from an initial number of around 52,000.

“Pappas’ office has tried to notify delinquent county residents about the May 4 tax sale, but around 16,000 tax bills and notices were returned to sender,” the Sun-Times reported. “That means owners may be unaware of the upcoming tax sale.”

In March, while attending a Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network meeting, Pappas said that many of those people who may be unaware that they owe property taxes are seniors.

Pappas said last month that most of the roughly 5,000 people who owed less than $1,000 in taxes at the time were senior citizens who likely forgot to apply for the senior citizen homeowner’s exemption.

“I forgot to apply,” Pappas, a senior citizen herself, said. “I get the bill and it’s $700 more than it should be. Some of these seniors forget to apply going back four years. This is a big deal … We’re in emergency mode. This is mission critical.”

Pappas insisted that property owners visit, click the purple ‘your property tax overview’ section to learn if they owe and make the payments online. They can also see what exemptions they may have not applied for going back four years.

Taxpayers may also visit the Cook County Treasurer’s office to pay in person via “cash, certified check, cashier’s check or money order,” the Sun-Times reported.

“If the bills aren’t paid by the start of the sale, real estate investors can bid on the right to buy the overdue taxes,” the Sun-Times reported. “Then they can charge higher interest rates that may make it difficult to pay off the back taxes.” VFP 

Correction: A previous version of this article noted incorrectly in the headline that the annual scavenger sale was upcoming, instead of the annual tax delinquent sale. This post has since been updated. VFP regrets the error. 

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