James Chipman is a member of Golan Christie Taglia’s Property Tax Assessment Practice Group. Jim is located in the Firm’s Springfield office, which is solely focused on serving clients located in central and southern Illinois with an emphasis on property tax assessment law.
Jim has concentrated his practice in the area of property tax assessment law for over 35 years. He has filed hundreds of tax appeals for commercial, industrial, residential, and farm taxpayers before township assessors, county boards of review, and the state Property Tax Appeal Board. He also represents units of local governments before the board of review and state Property Tax Appeal Board in all Illinois counties, except for Cook and the suburban counties.
Prior to entering private practice in 2013, Jim served as executive director and legal counsel of the Property Tax Appeal Board from 1994 to 2006. He oversaw the expansion of the board’s jurisdiction to Cook County for the first time in 1995 due to change in Illinois law.
Jim has held several leadership positions with the Illinois State Bar Association, including chair of the State & Local Taxation Section Council. He was also elected to serve two terms as a member of Assembly, the policy making body of the association.
Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 1982
Illinois College, B.A. in History, with honors, 1979
Illinois State Bar Association
International Association of Assessing Officers
United States Supreme Court
United States Tax Court
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
The Sister Cities Association of Springfield, Illinois, Board Member and past Vice President. SCI is a non-profit, citizen diplomacy group promoting mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation between international cities. The City of Springfield has three sister city relationships - Ashikaga, Japan; San Pedro de los Colonias, Mexico; and Jining City, China.
Springfield’s Sunrise Rotary Club, President
LATEST NEWS & INSIGHTS FROM James W. Chipman
June 2, 2021 Events
This panel presentation updates your knowledge of the Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB), including its history as a “poor person’s court,” the Cook County expansion, who they are and what they decide, filing with the PTAB, and interveners and increases.Read More
December 5, 2019 Events
Please join Golan Christie Taglia attorney James W. Chipman for his presentation at the IAAO 40th Annual Legal Seminar Program to be held in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 4:15PM a.m.Read More
September 8, 2019 Events
Please join Golan Christie Taglia attorney James W. Chipman for his presentation at the 85th Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration to be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.Read More
March 8, 2019 News
A board of review decision can also be appealed directly to a circuit court. It’s an option that taxpayers often overlook!Read More
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.Read More
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