Washtenaw County Property Tax Appeal Tips

Thinking of Appealing your Property Taxes?Washtenaw County Property Tax

If you are a Washtenaw County property owner, within the last 2 weeks you should have received a Notice of Assessment, Taxable Valuation, and Property Classification letter from the city or township where your property is located. This letter states what the taxable value and the assessed value are for your home for the current year 2011 and the past year 2010. After reviewing this information, you may not agree with the current assessed value of your home and the taxes you are required to pay, based on recent home sales in your neighborhood.  If you feel that your property assessment is too high, here is some important information that may help you protest your assessments at your local board of review.

The date for filing Property Tax Appeals is quickly approaching. Here are some helpful dates to keep in mind:

  • October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010: This is the sales study period. Assessors use home sales from this time frame to calculate 2011 property values.
  • December 31, 2010: Tax day for 2011 assessments and 2011 property taxes. No sales after September 30, 2010 will be used to calculate home values (except in special circumstances).
  • March 2011 Beginning the Tuesday after the first Monday: This is when the Boards of Review will be meeting with homeowners to discuss appeals. You must make an appointment. Check your Notice of Assessment for the phone number to call and the exact dates they will take appointments. Keep in mind that this date changes based on municipality so please check with your jurisdiction.
  • May 1, 2011: This is the last day for Homeowners to file a PRE, Principle Residence Exemption form. You can read more about it on the Michigan Taxes website.
  • July 31, 2011: The deadline for filing residential appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. You must have already protested your tax assessment at the local review board in order to take it to the MTT.
  • December 31, 2011: Tax day for 2012 assessments and 2012 property taxes.

A more in depth chart of appeal authorities and dates can be found here: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/treasury/STCBulletin19of2010_340266_7.pdf

According to Brian Kirksey, Senior Appraiser with KRES, Inc. before you start a property tax appeal, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is the disparity between assessed and taxable values?
  • Is the assessment correctly reflecting your property? ie. Correct square footage, lot size, etc.
  • What do you believe the property is worth , and in terms of taxable value?
  • What is risk involved and associated rewards gained in appealing, based on a win, split, or lose decision?

If you decide that a property tax appeal is the right decision, schedule the appointment now. For your appointment, you will need support for why you are appealing and a recent appraisal by a local appraiser is the best way to go. The Bouma Group recommends Rachael Massey, a certified Residential Appraiser for Washtenaw County, 734-761-3065. As always, should you have any questions or are thinking of buying or selling an Ann Arbor area home, contact us today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com.

2 thoughts on “Washtenaw County Property Tax Appeal Tips

  1. I purchased my single family Augusta township farmhouse in 1987. In April of this year, I discovered that my home was erroneously categorized as 50% Homestead exemption instead of 100%…and has been since 1990 when they started it. I contacted our assessor, he came out to verify that it was a single family home and submitted it to the tax board of review for correction. At the time I was told that state law only allowed refunding three prior years…but was only given a one year refund for 2016. The assessor is now balking at refunding the 2014 and 2015 overpayment saying he cant prove the property qualified for the 100% exemption in those years. It’s only been my wife and kids that have lived in our home since we bought it. I have my income tax records showing no rental income. What recourse do I have to force them to review it.

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