Exemptions

The most common real property tax exemption is the Principal Residence Exemption (PRE).

There are other real property tax exemptions available for those who meet the qualifications. Clicking any of the buttons below will bring you to a page that explains the exemption criteria:

Disabled Veterans Exemption

Check if you’re eligible

To qualify for the Disabled Veterans exemption, you need to be:

  • A Michigan resident
  • Living in the home you own (commonly referred to as your homestead)
  • Disabled as a result of your service from which you were honorably discharged and meeting at least one of three criteria detailed in the law, or the surviving spouse of the eligible disabled Veteran, and you have not remarried

Want to review the law that was written for this exemption? Read it here.

Gather your documentation

You’ll need to file for this exemption every year. You can file for the upcoming tax year starting January 1st, and up until the Board of Review concludes in December. It’s a good idea to pick a month before December and make a reminder for yourself to file every year.

You’ll need to send a copy of your DD214 along with your original, completed affidavit and one of the following documents:

  • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs stating you are 100% disabled
  • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs saying you are receiving or have received payment assistance for specially adapted housing
  • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs saying you are individually unemployable

Are you the legal designee of the Disabled Veteran or surviving spouse? You’ll need to provide proof that you can file for them.

Complete the Michigan Affidavit 5107

The form you use to apply for this exemption is a State of Michigan form called the State Tax Commission Affidavit for Disabled Veterans Exemption

You can fill out the form on your computer, but you’ll need to print it and sign it before turning in the original to the City Assessor’s Office. Don’t have a printer? You can pick up the form at our office.

Download and Print the Disabled Veterans Exemption Affidavit

Mail your documents to our office

If you’re ready to submit, mail your affidavit and supporting documentation to the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page.

We’ll review your application

We’ll send your application on to the Board of Review. Keep in mind that their process could take months to get you a notice of approval or denial.

Poverty Exemption

Check your eligibility

You could qualify for the poverty exemption if you:

  • Live in the home you own (commonly referred to as your homestead) and have a valid Principal Residence Exemption on file
  • Meet the federal poverty income standards and Asset Level Test identified in our 2020 Poverty Exemption Policy.

Gather your documentation

You’ll need to file for this exemption every year. You can file for the current tax year starting January 1st, and up until the Board of Review concludes in December. It’s a good idea to pick a month before December and make a reminder for yourself to file every year. We strongly recommend submitting your application in February to the March Board of Review to avoid receiving a tax bill altogether. You’ll need to include the following documents with your application:

  • A copy of your valid driver’s license or other form of ID, for everyone living in the household over age 16
  • Income verification. This includes, but is not limited to the following: Social Security income, employment income, disability income, cash assistance, documentation of rental income, child support, alimony, food assistance and all other sources of income, for everyone living in the household over age 16
  • Federal, State and Local income tax returns from the current or previous year for everyone that lives in the home. Include any property tax credit forms you have
  • Current bank/credit union statement for all checking, savings and money market accounts
  • If someone living in the home did not have to file federal or state income tax returns, they need to sign and submit the affidavit in the application

Complete the application

You’ll need to print and submit the original application, along with your supporting documentation to our office. Don’t have a printer? You can pick up the form at our office.

Board of Review

You are required to attend, in person, either the March, July or December Board of Review. The board will discuss your application with you and ask some general questions. Meetings are about 10 minutes long. You will not find out if you are approved or denied at this time.

Review your application

After the deliberations by the board we’ll mail you a notice of approval or denial.

Non-Profit Exemption

If an organization owning real and/or personal property believes the organization is eligible for a property tax exemption under Michigan law, the organization must apply for the exemption no later than the second Monday in March in the year that the organization wishes to be considered for exemption.  Applications submitted for prior years are not within the jurisdiction of the City Assessor.  

Check if you’re eligible

There are multiple types of organizations that may qualify for a property tax exemption under Michigan law.

To qualify for this exemption, you’ll have to own and occupy the property as of December 31st prior to the year you want to be exempt.

Complete the application

Your application has to be filed no later than the second Monday in March. Organizations may submit an application for exemption for the upcoming tax year as early as April 1, however, all applications must be reviewed based on the status of the property as of tax day, which is December 31.

Applications must be complete and all questions must be answered to the best of the applicant’s ability. Applications must be signed before turning in the original to the City Assessor’s Office.

Mail or drop off your application and all required documents to our office

Mail or drop off your application and all required supporting documentation to our office.

Review of application

All applications undergo a legal review by the City Assessor’s Office and the City Attorney’s Office.

Audit

The City Assessor’s Office is required to review all exempt properties status every 5 years. As a result, organizations that are exempt from property taxes may periodically be requested to file an updated exemption application.  Failure to file an updated exemption application when requested may jeopardize the continuation of the exemption.