Michigan Property Tax Appeals

Michigan property taxes are assessed based on the value and type of property.  Property subject to Michigan property taxes includes both personal and real property, and is assessed on different classes of property including residential, commercial, and agriculture among others.  The method for calculating the tax can be complicated and the procedures for filing an appeal, including the type of appeal, the location where an appeal is filed, the forms and evidence required can be complex and require a valuation expert in addition to legal representation.  
The most common source of property tax appeals is an appeal of the property's valuation, which is the tax base.  Taxpayers must first present their claim to their local Board of Review, which meets in March of each year.   The Board of Review hears the taxpayer's request for relief.  Missing the Board of Review meeting is significant because failing to do so generally prevents taxpayers from filing an appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal.  
Once at the Michigan Tax Tribunal, taxpayers present their evidence in support of their claim for a property tax reduction and the local assessor presents the city's claim to maintain the assessment.  The Michigan Tax Tribunal will make a determination based on the evidence, which generally requires a well-crafted case with sufficient evidence to overturn the assessor's value.  
If you need assistance with a property tax appeal, contact Michigan tax attorney Andrew Steiger at Steiger Tax Law for a consultation to determine if you may have grounds for a successful property tax appeal.
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