Online announces new unclaimed refund service in response to the
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas saying that
110,274 taxpayers have failed to claim $109,481,772 in property
tax refunds over the past five tax years. Taxpayers can use our
refund search to determine whether they have an unclaimed
refund. “Refunds are money that belong not to government, but to
property owners.” , Pappas said.
During the tax years involved -- 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and
2002 – Pappas' office issued 80,002 refunds totaling
$153,273,790. However, not all taxpayers who could have
qualified for refunds applied for them during those five tax
years, Pappas said.
The unclaimed 110,274 refunds are duplicates or overpayments.
A duplicate payment occurs when two or more payments are made on
a property tax installment; an overpayment typically occurs when
a single payment of too much money is paid on an installment.
Using treasurer payment records we've determined the properties
due a refund due to duplicate and overpayment..
Note: There is a five-year statute of limitations for
recovering funds, which begins on the date of duplicate or
Unclaimed refunds services helps registered users obtain
qualified duplicate or over payment refunds.