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Cook County Has $94M in Property Taxes to Refund

Cook County property owners can recover their share of $94.1 million in unclaimed tax overpayments by filing a claim online, according to County Treasurer Maria Pappas. Pappas has revamped so that property owners can now search by address as well as Property Index Number, fill out an application and get an instantaneous response for available refunds going back 20 years.

This money is unclaimed even as nearly $544 million in overpayments has been refunded or prevented by the treasurer’s office since 2009. Because refund claims often are disputed among different payers—including banks, buyers and sellers—the application requires proof that the applicant paid the taxes.

The money available for refund has been distributed to taxing districts, and will be recovered from the appropriate local government if a refund is granted. By Illinois law, the total annual payout of refunds that arose before 2009 is capped at $2.5 million.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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