They will be mailed in mid-May.
Where can I pay my taxes?
The following options are available:
- Pay online by e-check ($1.00 fee), credit/Mastercard debit (2.3% fee), or Visa debit ($3.95 fee).
- Visit one of the nearly 30 local banks and credit unions that accept payments by check or cash until the due date on each installment. Click here to see a map of the various locations.
- Pay by credit or debit card over the phone. 1-877-690-3729, enter jurisdiction code 7018, input parcel number, amount due will be provided. 2.3% fee applies for credit/Mastercard debit and $3.95 fee for Visa debit.
- Mail payments (with coupon) to Kankakee County Treasurer, 189 E. Court Street, Kankakee, IL 60901. Include a $1 copy fee if you lose your coupon.
- In person from 8:30-4:30 M-F at 189 E. Court Street, Kankakee, IL. Check, cash, credit/Mastercard debit (2.3% fee) and Visa debit ($3.95 fee) accepted.
My mortgage company pays my taxes, why did I get a bill?
A bill is mailed to you for your records. A tax bill is often used to prove residency. Many mortgage companies pay electronically and do not require a bill. We suggest you contact your mortgage company to confirm this.
How do I change the mailing name and/or address on my tax bill?
May I pre-pay my taxes?
We are unable to accept pre-payment of taxes. You may sign up for our 4-installment plan before December 31, 2016 for next year’s taxes. You can do that by visiting our forms page. This allows you to pre-pay the next year’s taxes and pay in a more budget friendly manner.
My tax bill seems high. How can I make sure it’s correct?
View information on this page about the various exemptions available, which lower the amount of tax due. You may also contact your township assessor if you believe your assessed value is too high. The deadline for appealing your assessment is 30 days after you receive the assessment notice (not your tax bill) in the fall.
I did not pay my taxes last year. Where can I find out how much I owe?
Call the Kankakee County Clerk’s office at (815) 937-2990 and ask for an Estimate of Redemption. Be sure to have your parcel number available. Prior year taxes are paid at the County Clerk’s office and checks should be made payable to the County Clerk.
I own multiple parcels in Kankakee County. May I pay with one check?
Yes, please make sure your math is correct and include a list of the parcel numbers of the properties you are paying on your check. Include the correct installment coupon(s) for each payment you are submitting, otherwise add $1 copy fee for each parcel for which you are missing a coupon.
Who determines my property taxes?
There are over 140 taxing districts in Kankakee County. The districts are run by mostly elected boards and councils. Each taxing entity adopts an annual budget and enacts a tax levy ordinance to determine how much property tax will be collected. Click here for an overview of the process.
I'm considering buying a property with a senior or other exemption. How do I tell what my taxes would be without the exemption?
If you need help looking up the property, view this video. You would need to subtract the exemption(s) you wish to remove and recalculate by multiplying the revised assessed value by the tax rate (it’s less complicated than it sounds). Look at this example:
In the tax bill below, if you wanted to purchase this home but you were not a senior, you want to recalculate the bill without the senior exemption. Here’s how to do that.
If you were purchasing a home as a rental property, you would also remove the General Homestead Exemption, since the property would not be your primary residence. Please note, if you are using previous year’s tax amounts, this formula only gives you an estimate. Rates and assessments can change.
My assessed value decreased, so why did my taxes increase?
Local government spending plays the most significant role in whether or not your taxes increase or decrease. If taxing districts increase their spending, the tax rate will often increase to cover the expenditures. Therefore, even if your assessed value goes down, your taxes can go up. Also, if taxing districts decrease spending, your taxes may decrease even if your assessment goes up.
Where do I get a copy of my property deed?
I have applied for and thought I received the Senior Citizen Freeze exemption. How could my tax bill go up?
The Senior Freeze exemption does freeze the assessment, but it does not freeze the tax rates. In some cases, tax rates have increased. The taxing districts can continue to ask for more money and if the rate goes up then your tax bill will go up. But you have to remember that over the years; because of this exemption you have saved hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year.
Can I sign up to be on a 4-installment plan?
When is the annual tax sale?
When is the annual auction of properties?
Where do I get a copy of my plat map?
What if I’m unable to pay my taxes? Will I lose my property?
For every parcel on which property taxes are not paid in full, the following will take place:
- A day after each deadline a 1.5% penalty is added to the amount owed. The penalty on each installment will continue to increase 1.5% per month, according to the respective due dates, until paid or sold during the tax sale.
- Delinquency notices are sent to property owners via certified mail approximately one month prior to the tax sale. This notice advises of payment deadline to avoid publication, warns that unpaid taxes will be sold during tax sale and lists the scheduled date of the tax sale. A $10 certified fee is added to a property owner’s tax bill.
- A list of delinquent parcel numbers, owners’ names and amounts owed are published in a local newspaper. Visit here for a listing of publications.
- All unpaid property taxes are sold during the annual Tax Sale to a tax buyer. Once taxes are sold a property owner retains the right to redeem the taxes for up to two to three years. Visit this page for more information on the tax sale.
- Following a Tax Sale, property owners will receive a “take notice” via certified mail from the County Clerk on behalf of the tax buyers. The take notice provides details of all the taxes, penalties and costs owed. Penalties can range from 18% to 0%. Bids start high and go down.
- All redemptions (payment of taxes after the Tax Sale) must be made with the Kankakee County Clerk. The entire amount of the taxes owed must be paid in order to redeem the tax lien. Cash, money order and cashiers checks are accepted as payment.
- Approximately two years after a Tax Sale, property owners are notified via certified mail from the Circuit Clerk, and served notice from the Sheriff, advising them of the tax buyer’s intention to petition the court for the tax deed.
- Approximately two and a half years following a tax sale the tax buyers can petition the court for the tax deed. Once the court renders the judgment, the tax buyer can file a deed and the property and former property owner could be required to vacate the premises.