• September 4, 2019 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    New Trier Township is located in Cook County, IL. The entire township was subject to a reassessment in 2019. The Assessor opened the township for appeals on April 29 2019. The Assessor then certified the final assessments for all real estate in the township on August 15, 2019, meaning that he had completed his work for the year and closed his books.

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  • September 4, 2019 Property Tax Insights

    New Trier Township is located in Cook County, IL. The entire township was subject to a reassessment in 2019. The Assessor opened the township for appeals on April 29 2019. The Assessor then certified the final assessments for all real estate in the township on August 15, 2019, meaning that he had completed his work for the year and closed his books.

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  • August 22, 2019 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    The Assessor proposed a 2019 market value of approximately $1,744,000 for a property. The party purchased the property for approximately $1,150,000 at the end of 2018 in an arm's length, brokered transaction. The evidence tendered in support of the appeal included the following documents:

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  • August 22, 2019 Property Tax Insights

    The Assessor proposed a 2019 market value of approximately $1,744,000 for a property. The party purchased the property for approximately $1,150,000 at the end of 2018 in an arm's length, brokered transaction. The evidence tendered in support of the appeal included the following documents:

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  • July 25, 2019 Events
    Webinar 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST Followed by Q&A
    Employee Benefits and ERISA

    Ways employers can maintain a compliant 401(k) plan and be proactively prepared to defend their practices.

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  • July 8, 2019 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    The Cook County Assessor continues his relentless vendetta against business properties in north suburban Cook County. Unprecedented assessment increases upward of 200-300% are being mailed to unsuspecting taxpayers.

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  • July 8, 2019 Property Tax Insights

    The Cook County Assessor continues his relentless vendetta against business properties in north suburban Cook County. Unprecedented assessment increases upward of 200-300% are being mailed to unsuspecting taxpayers. Every property is being treated as institutional grade investment property, from mom and pop storefronts to small apartment buildings. The assumption that all properties are being leased on a triple net basis allows the Assessor to eliminate property taxes as an expense, which results in higher net incomes and allows the use of much lower capitalization rates. These low rates only allow for a return of the investment necessary to cover debt service, not a return on the investment which allows a return on owner equity. This practice is being used to greatly increase the market value of virtually every commercial and industrial property in the north and northwest suburbs. While claiming complete transparency, Freedom of Information Requests filed on behalf of taxpayers by their attorneys to determine the reason for a denial of relief, are taking upwards of 6 weeks to process, while the law requires a response in not more than 10-days. When responses do become available, a review indicates how the Assessor is manipulating data to ensure that virtually every appeal will be denied. The good news is that the Board of Review has opened a month early, in anticipation of a huge increase in the volume of appeals due to the Assessor's refusal to grant relief, even on the most meritorious cases. The Board has also disclosed that it will continue to review cases as it always has, and will grant relief on the merits of each case, without a pre-determined policy intended to find any means to deny relief to property taxpayers who could see their tax bills skyrocket due the Assessor's failure to act in a fair and equitable manner.

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  • July 2, 2019 News PRESS

    Chicago, IL - Golan Christie Taglia, LLP filed a complaint today in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois alleging breach of contract on behalf of Teepu Siddique, MD, faculty member of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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  • June 24, 2019 Newsletters
    • New Federal Tax Laws Amend Deductibility Of Government Fines
    • New EEO-1 Reporting Requirements And Salary History Ban
    • What You Should Know About Amazon’s Brand Registry
    • GCT Attorneys Recognized And Honored
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  • June 19, 2019 Events
    Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 South Michigan Avenue, Floor 22, Chicago, IL 60604
    Commercial & Business Litigation, Employment Law, Intellectual Property

    Please join Golan Christie Taglia attorney, Barbara L Yong, at the SBAC Lawyers’ Community Educational Forum for Business Owners for her presentation regarding asset protection planning for business owners.

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  • May 7, 2019 Events
    Golan Christie Taglia 70 West Madison Street, Suite 1500, Chicago IL 60602
    Employment Law

    Please join Golan Christie Taglia attorney Laura Balson for an informative lunch and learn to understand the new overtime pay rule and how it applies to your business.

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  • May 3, 2019 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    Has the value of your business property actually increased by 82% in just 3-years?

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  • May 3, 2019 Property Tax Insights

    Has the value of your business property actually increased by 82% in just 3-years?

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  • April 24, 2019 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    In the first three townships having a significant commercial and/or industrial tax base, (Norwood Park, Evanston and Elk Grove, the new assessor has been increasing market values by as much 50 to 300%. He claims that properties in the northern suburbs have been grossly underassessed for years, hence a 1-year catch-up was justified.

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  • April 24, 2019 Property Tax Insights

    In the first three townships having a significant commercial and/or industrial tax base, (Norwood Park, Evanston and Elk Grove, the new assessor has been increasing market values by as much 50 to 300%. He claims that properties in the northern suburbs have been grossly underassessed for years, hence a 1-year catch-up was justified. Of course, no consideration was given to the jobs that will be lost as tenants and companies relocate, nor to the investors who will no longer invest in Cook County, nor to the companies that will no longer consider locating in Cook County, nor to the existing companies that will jettison their expansion plans. The same is true for owners of residential income properties that have also experienced significant increases. Who will be able to afford the higher rents that landlords will try to pass on to them? As to the homeowners, many of whom saw only minor increases, what will become of their property values if local jobs disappear and they cannot sell their houses? To date, the assessor has stubbornly refused to grant relief on a vast majority of commercial and industrial appeals, as his property valuations are apparently perfect.

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  • April 17, 2019 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    In the never ending battle between the qualifying factors for receiving a charitable property tax exemption as first enunciated in the Korzen case, Methodist Old Peoples Home v. Bernard Korzen, County Treasurer, et al, 233 N.E, 2d, 537, 39 Ill.2d 149 (1968), the Illinois Supreme Court initially set forth the following criteria for successfully obtaining a property tax exemption.

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  • April 17, 2019 Property Tax Insights

    In the never ending battle between the qualifying factors for receiving a charitable property tax exemption as first enunciated in the Korzen case, Methodist Old Peoples Home v. Bernard Korzen, County Treasurer, et al, 233 N.E, 2d, 537, 39 Ill.2d 149 (1968), the Illinois Supreme Court initially set forth the following criteria for successfully obtaining a property tax exemption.

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  • April 13, 2019 Newsletters
    • The Basics Of The Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) And What Your Business Must Do To Comply
    • New Salary Minimums Proposed By The Department Of Labor (DOL) And California Requires Harassment Training For Everyone
    • The Trademark Trial And Appeal Board (TTAB) Pilot Program That Could Expedite The Trademark Cancellation Process
    • Golan Christie Taglia Welcomes New Litigation Attorney, Announces Partner Promotions, And Introduces A Learning Series
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  • March 14, 2019 Events
    Golan Christie Taglia 70 West Madison Street, Suite 1500, Chicago IL 60602
    Employment Law

    Please join Golan Christie Taglia attorney Laura Balson for an informative lunch and learn to discover how to safeguard your business by avoiding costly HR mistakes.

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  • March 13, 2019 News PRESS
    Entertainment Law

    Chicago, IL - Golan Christie Taglia, LLP is excited to announce that Steven J. Rosenberg has joined the firm. As a successful civil and criminal litigator for over 40 years, trying over 100 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, Steven J. Rosenberg brings extensive experience in mail and wire fraud and other white-collar crime, SEC investigations, accounting and securities fraud, complex civil litigation, medical negligence, and employment cases involving breach of contract and civil rights violations.

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  • March 8, 2019 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    A board of review decision can also be appealed directly to a circuit court. It’s an option that taxpayers often overlook!

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  • March 8, 2019 Property Tax Insights

    Boards of review don’t have the final say about property tax assessments, however they’re a necessary stop in the appeal process. Taxpayers who are unhappy with their board decision have two options: appeal to the state Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) as described in my Aug. 24, Sept. 12 and Nov. 27 blogs; or, file a tax objection complaint in the circuit court. You cannot file appeals in both venues. The good news is that taxpayers who miss the 30-day filing deadline for taking an appeal to the PTAB still have time to pursue the tax objection remedy.

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  • March 6, 2019 News
    Employment Law

    We are pleased to announce that Steven J. Rosenberg has joined the firm. As a successful civil and criminal litigator for over 40 years, trying over 100 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, Steve brings extensive experience in mail and wire fraud and other white collar crime, SEC investigations, accounting and securities fraud, complex civil litigation, medical negligence, and employment cases involving breach of contract and civil rights violations.

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  • February 11, 2019 News
    Property Tax Assessment

    There’s a remedy for correcting errors or mistakes in a property tax assessment even after the deadline for appealing to an assessor or board of review has passed.

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  • February 11, 2019 Property Tax Insights

    Mistakes happen. If a mistake occurs in the property tax process, it could be costly if not corrected. Fortunately, some errors are fixable -- even those that may have occurred in a previous year or years -- thanks to what is known as a Certificate of Error, or in property tax parlance, a C of E. When an assessment error is discovered, taxpayers can seek relief by filing a C of E with local assessing officials. However, be advised that the granting of a C of E by an assessing authority is discretionary, not mandatory.

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