For seniors on a fixed income, and others who may be
experiencing a difficulty in paying their property taxes at this
time, there may be help. Under the
poverty guidelines, you can receive partial relief from the
Board of Review. A poverty claim can only be considered on a
person's principal residence. To qualify, you must first fill
out the hardship application in its entirety, and provide the income
tax information for all persons living in the home. You must
also provide a Homestead Property Tax Credit form (MI-1040CR), even
if you are not required to file income tax forms. The Board of
Review encourages you to provide any other information that may shed
light on your situation (for example: excessive medical costs
or out-of-pocket insurance fees). Each case is considered on an
individual basis; however there are certain guidelines established
for fairness. If you have received a reduction in the past based on
your appeal or because of poverty, it will not carry over from year
to year. Poverty reduction is not a permanent change to your
record by the Assessor's office. You must appeal every year.
Step Forward Michigan Now Accepting Homeowner
Applications for Loan Rescue Program
Effective February 26, 2013, Step Forward Michigan will
begin taking applications online to assist homeowners
located in a participating county with past due property
taxes using the Loan Rescue Program. If determined eligible,
a one-time payment will be sent directly to the county
treasurer to pay toward outstanding county and local
The Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing
Corporation (MHA) acting through Michigan State Housing
Development Authority (MSHDA) has received federal funds
from the U.S. Department of Treasury to help Michigan take a
step forward through a comprehensive, statewide strategy
that is aimed to help homeowners who are at high risk of
default or foreclosure.
Through A Step Forward: MHA designed programs to help
homeowners who have had a financial hardship.
and find an online application at
The Michigan Municipal League has created a resident toolkit to
provide information for those facing foreclosure.
Wayne County Property Tax Relief Information
In November 2006, the Wayne County Treasurer's Office has
established a Taxpayer’s Assistance Department (TAD) regarding
delinquent real property taxes.
Oakland County Property Tax Relief Information
The Oakland County Community and Home Improvement Division’s
Housing Counseling unit offers free housing counseling services to
Oakland County residents.
For more information and contact information, visit the Oakland