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Detroit Michigan Property Tax Appeals Attorney
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.
In the Detroit area and southeast Michigan, you can find that lawyer at the Bloomfield Hills law firm of Resnick Law, P.C.
For more than 15 years now, individual and business clients alike have depended on our Detroit property tax appeals lawyers to protect their interests in real estate-related matters. In fact, our firm has helped many individual homeowners and businesses to successfully challenge inflated market value appraisals and unfair property tax assessments. To discuss what we can do for you — call us at 248-642-5400 or reach us online.
While the economy has made local governments more reliant on property tax revenuesthan ever before, it has not diminished your legal right to appeal an unfair property tax assessment. Only you can do that … you may forfeit your right to do so if you wait too long to speak with an attorney about the situation and allowing the deadline for appeal to pass.
How Does the Appeals Process Work?
The Michigan property tax appeals process may vary by location. Generally, however, it all starts with the annual assessment notices mailed out in February of each 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 in which to file a protest of assessment with your local board of review. Local boards of review usually 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 passes 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 be trying 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 you paying lower property taxes.
Contact a Royal Oak Fair Market Value Lawyer
To discuss property tax appeals and the fair market value of your property, call or contact us to schedule an initial consultation.