Michigan Homestead Property Tax—Everything You Need To Know
Property taxes take away a lot of homeowners’ money each year, but if you are informed enough, you can always find options to reduce those expenses. If you live in Michigan, homestead property tax credit is one of the ways to lower property taxes.
What You Need To Know About the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit
The Great Lake State has come up with a way to help its citizens with paying property taxes by using a homestead property tax credit. This credit is based on a comparison between property taxes and total household resources.
You need to meet a few requirements to apply for the Michigan property tax credit. You should:
- Be an owner or a tenant in a Michigan homestead for a minimum of six months in the year on which property taxes and/or service fees were levied
- Have a taxable value of $135,000 or less if you own a home
- Have a total household income of $60,000 or less (people who are part-year residents need to annualize their total household resources to find out whether a credit reduction may be applied)
People who receive 100% of total household resources from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services do not qualify for this credit.
What Other Property Tax Exemptions Are Available in Michigan?
Michigan offers its residents numerous property tax exemptions. Veterans, senior citizens, and widowers can find a suitable exemption and lower their property taxes easily. Take a look at the table below to learn more about them:
|Property Tax Exemption||
What It Is Available For
|Air Pollution Control Exemption||Facilities that are used for the purpose of controlling or disposing of air pollution|
|Charitable Nonprofit Housing Exemption||Any residential property owned by a charitable nonprofit housing organization|
|Disabled Veterans Exemption||Properties owned by disabled veterans or their surviving spouses|
|Industrial Facilities Exemption||Manufacturers that renovate old facilities or build new ones|
|Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ) Act||Residential dwellings in distressed communities that need help with development and rehabilitation|
|New Personal Property Exemption||Specific businesses found in eligible distressed communities|
|Poverty Exemption||People who are unable to contribute to the public charges due to poverty|
|Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)||Individuals who own and live in a property as their primary residence|
|Senior and Disabled Housing||Some nonprofit, multi-unit housing properties|
|Supportive Housing Exemption||Some nonprofit, single-family supportive housing properties|
|Water Pollution Control Exemption||Facilities that capture, control, or remove water pollution|
Learn if You Meet the Michigan Property Tax Exemption Criteria With DoNotPay
If you want to lower your property taxes in Michigan, DoNotPay can help you find out if you are eligible for any of the property tax exemptions. You don’t have to bother yourself with finding out if you meet all the requirements. You only need to follow these three steps:
- Access DoNotPay from a web browser
- Find the Property Tax feature
- Give us the necessary info about your property and yourself
When you finish the questionnaire, you’ll know if you can apply for any exemptions. DoNotPay will assist you in gathering the required documentation and sending applications.
We also have the scoop on the states with low property taxes in case you ever consider buying a house in another state. See how property tax exemptions work in:
Filing Property Tax Appeals Is Easy When You Use DoNotPay
Another way you could reduce your property taxes is by filing an appeal on your property assessment! You may do so with DoNotPay and make the procedure as simple as it gets. You should consider filing a property tax appeal if:
- The cost of property taxes skyrocketed compared to the previous year
- The assessor evaluated your property twice
- You see that the property tax assessor evaluated property you no longer own
We will tell you how to best negotiate with the assessor and help you lower your property assessment.
What Else Can You Do To Lower Your Property Taxes in Michigan?
You may try a few other techniques for lowering property taxes in addition to appeals, exemptions, and the homestead property tax credit in Michigan. They may not be as efficient, but it may help if you:
- Don’t let the property tax assessor out of sight while they are evaluating your house to prevent any errors in the appraisal
- Search for inaccuracies on your tax bill and report them
- Don’t make any improvements to your property before the property tax assessment
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