As a friendly heads up, Nunda Township of McHenry County, Illinois published its property tax assessments for tax year 2015 (taxes payable in 2016) on Monday. If you believe your home or other property has been over assessed by the Nunda Township Assessor (look up your assessment at this link), the deadline to file an appeal is Wednesday, December 2, 2015.
We will help you appeal your residential property taxes for a flat fee of $350. No gimmicks, no hidden charges, no bills years from now asking for part of your tax savings.
Property tax appeals: Not rocket science, but you probably need help.
If you believe your property has been over-assessed (meaning that the valuation of your property is greater than what you believe price the sale price would be), you need to act quickly. If you do not file a properly-formatted appeal with the McHenry County Board of Review before the deadline, you will be stuck paying too much in taxes for another year. Although appealing your property taxes is not rocket science, many appeals filed by homeowners are rejected because they are either improperly formatted or they do not allege adequate evidence to support an appeal. With thousands of dollars in taxes on the line, ask yourself whether it is worth it to take the chance that you can do it right and succeed.
Dickson Law Group makes the McHenry County property tax appeal process easy.
There could potentially be thousands of dollars of property taxes on the line if you attempt to appeal your taxes yourself and mess it up. We are experienced in appealing taxes and have a 100% success rate. We are able to boast a 100% success rate because if we believe that there is insufficient evidence to support an appeal, we won’t take your money to file it.
Dickson Law Group’s process for appealing taxes comes in two stages:
- For a flat, up front fee of $50, we will review comparable sales in your neighborhood to determine on a preliminary basis whether your property is over-assessed. If it doesn’t make sense to file a property tax appeal, we will let you know.
- For $300 more (for a total fee of $350) we will prepare your property tax appeal, make sure it is filed in a timely basis, and argue the property tax appeal before the Board of Review on your behalf. We may recommend that you purchase an appraisal of the property from a licensed appraiser (and the going rate at least as of a couple of weeks ago was $270, but that is your choice), but the attorney fee remains the same for this.
- We do not charge anything on the back end for residential property tax appeals. $350 is all you will have to pay us, and maybe $270 to an appraiser if it makes sense. There are no hidden fees, undisclosed costs, nothing.
Dickson Law Group has a proven track record winning property tax appeals.
Although every appeal is unique, and we can’t guarantee that your specific property tax appeal will be a success, but dozens of home and property owners around the northern suburbs trust us every year to appeal their taxes.
Here’s a recent success story: This Monday, John Dickson argued a property tax appeal before the Lake County Board of Review for a million-dollar home. The township assessor had steadily increased the home’s assessment every year over the past decade by tens of thousands of dollars. The homeowners filed their own appeal each of the past three years and lost every single time. This year the township assessor tried to raise their assessment to over $1,045,000, and my clients finally had enough of it.
The township was absolutely nasty to us and aggressively challenged our appeal. Township assessors hate to admit that they’re wrong. The township’s argument in response to our appeal mocked our appraiser’s estimate and talked about how the basis for the appeal was “ridiculous.” Don’t believe me? Here’s the cover sheet for the township assessor’s response, redacting my clients’ personal information:
We won. We won because we were right. Childish name-calling doesn’t stand up to facts.
Our victory resulted in an over $95,000 reduction in the valuation of my clients’ home. That corresponds to about $12,000 in tax savings for my clients over the next four years. I am beyond happy with the result, and I am sure my clients are as well.
No pressure, but even though the Nunda Township property tax appeal deadline is December 2, you need to get started now.
We accept a limited number of property tax appeals each year on a first-come-first-served basis. This ensures that our property tax appeal clients receive top-notch customer service while maintaining our preexisting obligations to serve our other clients. Most appraisers get booked solid very quickly this time of year. If your property needs an appraiser to support the valuation of your property, we will probably not be able to find one at the last second.
Grafton Township and Algonquin Township have not published their assessments as of November 6, 2015.
Grafton and Algonquin home owners should monitor the Board of Review’s list of publication dates to figure out when their property tax assessments are published. I anticipate that one of the two townships property tax assessments will be published within a week, with the second of the two townships to be published the week after that (the Board of Review staggers the publication dates to avoid several hundred homeowners waiting in line on the final date). When Grafton and Algonquin publish, you should reach out to my office to discuss the feasibility of a property tax appeal.