Illinois Dept. of Revenue Releases Final 2020 Cook County Equalization Factor

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Yesterday the Illinois Department of Revenue released the final 2020 Cook County equalization factor.  The factor (sometimes referred to as the multiplier) for 2020 is 3.2234.  The final factor in 2019 was 2.9160, which means the 2020 factor has increased by 10.5% over 2019.  This is the third highest multiplier for Cook County.  It is less than only the multipliers for 2009 and 2010, when the multipliers were 3.3701 and 3.3000 respectively.  The press release from the Department of Revenue is available here

Cook County equalization factors for the past 16 years are set forth in the table below.

Tax Year

Final Multiplier

2005

2.7320

2006

2.7076

2007

2.8439

2008

2.9786

2009

3.3701

2010

3.3000

2011

2.9706

2012

2.8056

2013

2.6621

2014

2.7253

2015

2.6685

2016

2.8032

2017

2.9627

2018

2.9109

2019

2.9160

2020

3.2234

The Property Tax Code requires the Department to issue a multiplier that, when applied to the assessed value of all property in a county (except for specially assessed property such as farmland), will result in the aggregate assessed value of all property in the County being 33.33% of the property’s fair cash value.  This equalization of assessed values is accomplished by comparing recorded sales prices to assessed values for the three prior years, and it is done to implement property tax limitations and certain state funding programs fairly.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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