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Passage of Senate Bill #1988 Requires the Assessor To Accept Tax Appeals For At Least 30 Buisness Days From Issuance of Assessment Notices

On December 8, 2023, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 1988 which became law as Public Act 103-0583.  The legislation, which is taxpayer friendly, makes it mandatory for the County Assessor to accept tax appeals from Taxpayers for a period of not less than 30 business days from the later of: 1) the date the assessment notice is mailed, or 2) the date assessments are published on the Assessor’s website.  This bill will become effective in June, 2024 for the upcoming 2024 City of Chicago reassessment.  This legislation makes it crystal clear of the number of days that a taxpayer can file an appeal and gives taxpayer’s additional time to file with the counting of “business” days as opposed to “calendar” days.  The Chief House Sponsor for the bill was Rep. Kelly M. Burke and the Chief Senate Sponsor was Sen. Cristina Castro.

This legislation was originally drafted by the Illinois Property Tax Lawyer’s Association (IPTLA) after issues in prior assessment years about issuing assessment notices and publishing new assessments over a weekend period caused taxpayers to have even less than 30 calendar days to file their tax appeals.