How the Property Tax Appeal Process Works
Our proven strategies when presenting cases to the Board of Review and the Michigan Tax Tribunal have helped an excess of 2000 clients recover millions of dollars in overpaid taxes. Once your property is filed at the Michigan Tax Tribunal, we will follow the next steps to lower your property tax rate:
Appeal to municipal Board of Review – This usually occurs during the first 3 weeks of March, dates are published on your notification of new assessment (Board of Review attendance is required in order to proceed to the Michigan Tax Tribunal)
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If denied by the Local Board of Review, the next step is to file litigation with the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
If the home does not have at least 50% principal residence exemption, the Michigan Tax Tribunal mrequires a $125 filing fee. *Filing Deadline February 28*
Once the Michigan Tax Tribunal receives the complaint, a Docket number will be assigned. The quicker the complaint is filed after denial at the Local Board of Review, the quicker the file will be assigned a docket number.)
Once a docket number is assigned, it may take up to 6 months to be assigned a court date. As a Petitioner, you need to be patient as we are on the Tribunals time frame.
You may follow the status of your complaint on the Tax Tribunal’s website at www.dleg.state.mi.us/ham/tax/sr_taxdoc.asp Search for your name and/or how the property is titled in the “Petitioner” box.
If for any reason you receive any paperwork from the Tax Tribunal, please send it to our office immediately.
After a court date is assigned, it is necessary to have appraisals completed on your house, which cost $200-$250 for the first year and $125 for additional years. This is essential evidence when we go to court to validate our contention of value.
Once the case is heard, we then have to wait for a Proposed Opinion and Judgment stating whether we, as Petitioner, have met the Burden of Proof in our argument to lower the State Equalized Value.
Step 9 will not apply if we are able to negotiate a settlement with the municipality prior to going to court. If a settlement is reached, a $25 filing fee is required.
Once a Proposed Opinion and Judgment is received, the Petitioner (us) or the Respondent (municipality) has 20 days to file exceptions to the Judgment.
If neither party files exceptions, it will take approximately 3-6 months to receive a Final Opinion and Judgment from the Tax Tribunal, closing the file and ordering the municipality to refund any overpayment of taxes for the tax years at issue.
Expect your refund from the county, municipality, municipal library, community college, and several other municipal institutions.
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