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According to Illinois State Statute, the County Treasurer must hold an annual tax sale to sell unpaid property taxes, drainage and special assessments. Please remember that the County is not selling the property at the sale, but rather, the unpaid taxes. The homeowner has at least two years to pay the redemption. It should be noted that the longer the homeowner waits to redeem these taxes, the more the interest could be.
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By Illinois State Statute, your payment must be U.S. postmarked by the due date in order to be processed as a timely payment. If you are receiving a balance due statement, then your payment was not U.S. postmarked (metered mail is not acceptable) on time and penalties have accrued. Placing your payment in the mailbox does not guarantee the envelope will be postmarked on that day. If you are going to wait until the last day to mail your payment, the only way to guarantee the official postmark is to go to the local post office and ask to have the envelope hand stamped.
The tax bills will be mailed the first part of May; you will receive ONE bill that contains both the first and second installment payment stubs. Due date for the first installment is early June and due date for the second installment is early September. Duplicate copies of the tax bills are available online once the bills are mailed.
The Senior Freeze exemption does freeze the assessment, but it does not freeze the tax rates. In most cases this year, tax rates have increased. The taxing districts can continue to ask for more money and if the rate goes up then your tax bill will go up. But you have to remember that over the years, because of this exemption, you have saved hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year.
There are several factors that could make your tax bill increase: an increase in the property equalized assessed value, an increase in tax rates, which come from the individual taxing districts, and new referendums approved by voters.
The tax remains with the property, regardless of ownership. To determine your liability for paying the tax, check your closing statement to see if the seller gave you credit, or contact your attorney.
Call the Lake County Clerk at 847-377-2404 or e-mail [email protected], and ask for an Estimate of Redemption. Make sure you have your parcel number (PIN).
Yes, prepayments are accepted December 1st - December 21st this year. Prepayment amounts are limited to 50% of the tax amount of the previous year as a maximum. Payments should be made by check, clearly identified as a property tax prepayment, and include your PIN number.
Yes, you can. Please make sure that your math is correct. List the parcel numbers of the properties you are paying on your check. Include the correct coupon(s) for each payment you are making.
Yes, only before or on the due date, and it must be an official U.S. postmark.
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
You can pay online or by the automated phone system [(847) 469-9854] with your credit or debit card (fees apply) or E-check (free). You can also pay at many Lake County financial institutions and by mail or in person at the Treasurer's office.
Ways to Pay
Call the Treasurer’s Office at 847-377-2323 or print a bill on the Treasurer's website.