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Advice for Protesting or Appealing Your Property Tax Assessment
By Evan H. Kaploe

It is that time of year to think about whether you want to protest or appeal your property tax assessment. Whether you own residential or commercial property, challenging the assessment may lead to savings in property taxes for this year and future years.

If you want to challenge a residential real property tax assessment, you should first protest the assessment to the local review board, which meets in March. Alternatively, if you own commercial real property, you may go to the local review board, but have the right to appeal directly to the Tax Tribunal. Direct appeal to the Tax tribunal typically yields better results. Filing a protest with the Board of Review is necessary to protect your right to further appeal valuation and exemption disputes to the Michigan Tax Tribunal and classification appeals to the State Tax Commission.

Properties classified Commercial Real, Industrial Real or Developmental Real may be appealed to the regular March Board of Review or to the Michigan Tax Tribunal by filing a petition by May 31. Commercial Personal, Industrial Personal, or Utility Personal Property may be appealed to the regular March Board of Review or to the Michigan Tax Tribunal by filing a petition by May 31 if a personal property statement was filed with the local unit prior to the commencement of the Board of Review as provided by MCL 211.19.

At Maddin Hauser, we have the experience and expertise to represent you individually or your business in property tax disputes. If you believe that your property was over-assessed for this tax year, please feel free to contact Evan H. Kaploe at (248) 351-7078 for a consultation and to discuss your options. Remember, the appeal is not just about this year’s taxes, but all future years until you sell the real property.