In 2011 we removed the homestead exemption on our IL property and applied for the exemption in FL. Sometime in 2012 the IL assessor erroneously reinstated the exemption in IL without our knowledge. Now the FL assessor has removed our FL exemption from 2012 thru 2016 and a lien will be placed on our property if we do not pay additional taxes due for those years. The IL assessor admitted and provided the FL assessor with proof that this was their error. The FL assessor will only reinstate our exemption once IL removes the prior years exemption status. The problem is IL law 35 ILCS 200/9-265 (g) prohibits the IL assessor from changing prior years exemption status or rebilling of additional taxes. We are now stuck between laws in two states. FL is standing on the law that we are not entitled to exemptions in two states and IL is standing on the law which prohibits them from removing the prior years exemption status. What are our options? Do we have to sue the IL assessor?
It appears as if you are in DuPage County.
Cook County has a program to catch property owners who have received exemptions that they are not entitled to. The County bills these owners for taxes that they should have paid.
There must be some system within DuPage that does the same thing.
Government entities are immune from most lawsuits. You generally need to prove that they intentionally acted to harm you in order to succeed. In order to get specific advice, you will need to have an attorney review the relevant documents.
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