Property Tax Appeal
 

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:


STEP 1:

File litigation with the Michigan Tax Tribunal after receiving Notification of New Assessment.

FILING DEADLINE = MAY 23, 2014

STEP 2:

Once the Michigan Tax Tribunal receives the complaint, a Docket number will be assigned. The sooner the litigation is filed, the quicker the file will be assigned a docket number.


STEP 3:

Once a docket number is assigned, it may take 6 months to 2 years to be assigned a court date. Depending if it is Small Claims or Entire Tribunal. As a Petitioner, you need to be patient as we are on the Tribunals time frame.


STEP 4:

You may follow the status of your complaint on the Tax Tribunal’s website at: www.michigan.gov/taxtrib Search for your name and/or how the property is titled in the “Petitioner” box.


STEP 5:

If for any reason you receive any paperwork from the Tax Tribunal, please send it to our office immediately.


STEP 6:

After a court date is assigned, it is necessary to have full narrative appraisals completed on your property. This is essential evidence when we go to court to validate our contention of value.


STEP 7:

Once a Small Claims 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. Entire Tribunal Cases will receive a Final Opinion and Judgment.


STEP 8:

Step 7 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 in the Small Claims division; a $50 fee is required for Entire Tribunal cases).


STEP 9:

Once a Proposed Opinion and Judgment is received, the Petitioner (us) or the Respondent (municipality) has 20 days to file exceptions to the Judgment. Final Opinion and Judgments of Entire Tribunal cases do not allow for exceptions, they must be taken to the Michigan Court of Appeals. This is rare.


STEP 10:

If neither party files exceptions, it will take approximately 3-6 months to receive a Final Opinion and Judgment from the Tax Tribunal.


STEP 11:

Once a Final Opinion and Judgment is received, expect your refund from the county, municipality, municipal library, community college, and several other municipal institutions.



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