Challenging Unfair Property Tax Assessments
When the property tax assessor unfairly values your property or assesses it at a value that is inconsistent with current market and area conditions, what can you do as an individual homeowner or business owner to challenge the assessment? Perhaps the best step you can take is to talk to a lawyer who understands the property tax appeals process in your state.
Look no further than Resnick Law for your Detroit and Southeast Michigan property tax appeals. Call us at 248.642.5400 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
For more than 20 years, individual and business clients have depended on our property tax appeals lawyers to protect their interests in real estate related matters. Our firm has helped homeowners and businesses successfully challenge inflated market value appraisals and unfair property tax assessments.
While local governments are more reliant on property tax revenues than ever before, it has not diminished your legal right to appeal an unfair property tax assessment. Only you can do that and you may forfeit your right to do so if you wait too long to speak with an attorney about the situation and allow the deadline for an appeal to pass.
How Does the Appeals Process Work?
The Michigan property tax appeals process may vary by locale, but it generally starts with the annual assessment notices mailed out in February of each calendar year.
At that point, if you own residential property and do not believe that the assessment is based on a fair market value, you may only have 10 days to file a protest of assessment with your local board of review.
Local boards of review typically hold their hearings in early or mid-March. However, some cities (most notably, Detroit) require an administrative appeal (in February) prior to any appeal to the local board of review. In any case, this step is critical because you cannot appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal (a July 31st deadline) unless you have first appealed to your local board of review.
If you own property that has been classified as commercial, industrial or developmental, no local board of review appeal is required and you can appeal directly to the Michigan Tax Tribunal before May 31st.
Unfortunately, 18 to 24 months often pass before the Tax Tribunal actually holds a hearing on your matter.
In the interim, our attorneys will not be sitting idly on their hands. Instead, they will attempt to negotiate a resolution with the assessing official at the municipal level. We work with professional real estate appraisers and accounting professionals to develop a compelling case for a lower assessment, which correlates to your paying lower property taxes.
Contact a Property Tax Appeal Lawyer
To discuss property tax appeals and the fair market value of your property, call us at 248.642.5400 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.