Over $ 39,000 in property tax overpayments returned to Arab community thanks to Pappas and the Arab Chamber
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Arab-American Chamber of Commerce president Hassan Nijem, an “Honorary Cook County Treasurer,” said he was working with Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas to reimburse thousands of property taxes paid in too that can be refunded. More than $ 39,000 reimbursed in exam held at Illinois Islamic Community Center
By Ray Hanania
Arab-American Chamber of Commerce officials partnered with Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas this week to help Arab and Muslim Americans save money on their property tax bills.
Pappas said Cook County landowners overpaid their taxes by more than $ 79 million, more than half of which was due to taxpayers failing to claim various exemptions.
House Speaker Hassan Nijem, who is an “Honorary Cook County Treasurer” working with Pappas to help Arab-American and Muslim taxpayers, hosted a workshop at the Illinois Islamic Community Center.
There, Arab and Muslim homeowners met with treasurer staff who helped them revise their property taxes and fill out refund forms to collect overpayments.
“I am happy to help members of the Arab community determine whether they owe money for past property tax overpayments in Cook County,” Pappas said.
“About $ 40 million in overpayments is due to property owners failing to claim the various exemptions to which they are entitled under Illinois law. These “missed” exemptions can be applied retroactively for that year’s taxes and for the three preceding years. “
Pappas said Arab centers and mosques should round up their members and have them copy their property tax information and, through the Arab American Chamber of Commerce, organize a review where his office will visit their sites. to review and complete reimbursement forms for anyone overpaying.
Nijem said the listings can be presented to Pappas and his office will also review them to identify properties that have overpaid by not claiming the proper deductions and ensuring overpayments are returned to the community.
“Again this week at the Illinois Islamic Community Center, thanks to members who met with the treasurer’s staff, we were able to identify and complete reimbursement forms to recover over $ 39,000 in cash to return to Arab homeowners and Muslims, ”Nijem said.
For more information on the review of your records by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and her staff, contact the Arab American Chamber of Commerce by visiting their website at www.AACCUSA.org.
Or call Hassan Nijem to set up a group exam by calling 312-927-6971.
“We need to stop talking about what we need to do and we need to start doing things to help our community,” added Nijem, who helped this week force the city of Chicago and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to reopen some stores. Arab-Americans that have been closed. for minor breaches of the code.
Click here to read the Chicago Tribune article on Fighting for Arab Business Rights Against Racism at Chicago City Hall.
“We need to do more and talk less. We need to stop telling people what we can do and just do what needs to be done. “
Nijem said more reviews are being organized to help Arab and Muslim organizations, businesses and homeowners.
The treasurer’s website is www.CookCountyTreasurer.com.
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