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Approved by Michigan voters in 1994, Proposal A significantly altered Michigan Property Tax Law. Prior to 1995, taxes were calculated on State Equalized Value, which approximates half of Market Value. Beginning in 1995, taxes were based on a new value: Taxable Value. By law, the increase in Taxable Value cannot exceed the lesser of two factors: Consumer Price Index (C.P.I.) or 5%. However, some circumstances will alter that computation, namely: Transfers of ownership, new construction or demolition. If a transfer of ownership occurs in 2008, then the Capped Value no longer applies. For 2009, the State Equalized Value will be the new Taxable Value. We refer to this as an “uncapping of taxable value”. The new purchaser will be subject to a new starting base Taxable Value. Barring any physical changes to the property (new construction/demolition), the taxable value will again increase at the lesser of two rates: C.P.I. or 5%. Assessed Values, as equalized, are still required to be at 50% of Market Value. Assessments are reviewed and updated annually. Increases in assessments are not subject to any cap or formula.
Name Change from Homestead Exemption to Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption
PA 140 of 2003 provides that, effective January 1, 2004, the word Homestead has been removed from the exemption statutes and has been replaced by the words Principal Residence. While P.A. 140 of 2003 uses the words Principal Residence, the exemption will be known as the Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption so that a renter does not mistakenly file for the exemption.
What are the eligibility requirements for receiving the Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption?
You may claim the homeowner’s principal residence exemption if you meet all of the criteria below
Who is a Michigan Resident?
You are a Michigan Resident if Michigan is your permanent home. Your permanent home is the place you intend to return to whenever you go away. A temporary absence from Michigan, such as spending the winter in another state, does not make you a part-year resident.
What determines Principal Residence?
Michigan Law defines principal residence as the one place where a person has his or her true, fixed, and permanent home to which, whenever absent he or she intends to return and that shall continue as a principal residence until another principal residence is established. In order to verify a persons claim that a particular property is a principal residence, Treasury will accept various documents that, taken together, establish that the person or persons filing the claim occupy the property as a principal residence. Examples include driver’s license, voter registration card, cancelled checks listing the property address, statements such as medical, bank or charge accounts, income tax records indicating the mailing address and insurance policies. No one of these factors taken alone is controlling over any other factor. Documentation needs to verify occupancy between the periods of January 1 to May 1 of each year.
If a residence no longer qualifies for the Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption, you must file a Request to Rescind. However, recent legislation enables a person who has established a new Michigan principal residence to retain a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) on property previously exempt as the owner’s principal residence if certain criteria are met.
An owner may receive the PRE on the previous principal residence for up to three years if that property is not occupied, is for sale, is not leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose. The initial year filing deadline is May 1. Successive years claims must be received annually on or before December 31.
Multi-purpose property is not eligible for a full exemption. The Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption only applies to property that you own and occupy as your principal residence. If you operate a business in your home, you are not eligible for a 100% exemption. If you write off portions of your home for income tax purposes, you are not eligible for a 100% exemption. If you own and/or operate a Bed and Breakfast, you are not eligible for a 100% exemption. If you have questions about calculating your reduced exemption percentage, please contact the Assessing Department.
NOTICE: In addition, some property if not eligible for a principal residence exemption may be eligible for an agricultural or forestry exemption, contact the Assessor for more information on these exemptions if your property does not receive the residence exemption and is actively farmed or forested, to see if your property is eligible.
ALL FORMS DISCUSSED UNDER “PROPOSAL A” ARE AVAILABLE
BY CONTACTING THE ASSESSING DEPARTMENT AT
231-946-2249 or firstname.lastname@example.org