CHICAGO, IL – State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) passed legislation Thursday to combat property tax fraud and lower property tax bills for homeowners.
“Tax cheats who claim multiple homestead exemptions on more than one property cost Cook County taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars each year,” Cassidy said. “When someone breaks the rules, the rest of the community suffers, and this bill would give government the tools they need to go after tax cheats and make sure everyone pays their fair share.”
House Bill 4148 will provide each county the ability to recoup lost funds from individuals who fraudulently claim multiple property tax exemptions. Under the proposal, counties would be able to impose property tax liens against a property owner found to be in violation of fraudulently taking an exemption. The legislation passed the House of Representatives with 60 votes and is now under consideration in the Senate.
“It is my priority to help the people I represent to lower their property tax bills so they can better make ends meet during this difficult economy,” Cassidy said. “Money is already tight for many of the families in our community and I want to make sure those who qualify for property tax exemptions have the resources to apply for them but also that those who break the law pay what they owe. My office is dedicated to making sure that homeowners do not pay more than their fair share of property taxes.”
For more information, please contact Rep. Cassidy’s constituent service office at (773) 784-2002.