Real and personal property tax issues can affect almost anyone in the State of Michigan. Whether you are a property owner looking to reduce your tax burden or a municipality looking to defend its property assessments, Shifman & Carlson, P.C. has the experience to help.
How property tax works in Michigan:
As schools and municipalities become more financially challenged in Michigan and impose higher taxes, it is more important than ever for property owners to ensure that their properties are not over-assessed and for municipalities to ensure that their assessments withstand challenges in the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
We are experienced with every stage of property tax litigation, including defending
and challenging property assessments in the Michigan Tax Tribunal.
If you receive a tax bill that you believe incorrectly values your property, or if you believe a tax exemption may apply to your property, you can initiate a tax appeal.
Tax appeals involve several steps:
Our firm has worked closely with many property value appraisers and is familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of each method of valuation. We've had success in negotiating settlements early on in the case to avoid the costs of litigation and save our clients' fees. However, if it becomes necessary, we have litigators experienced in practicing before the Michigan Tax Tribunal who can defend your interests.
The other common issue in tax appeals is whether property is exempt from taxes, either partially or entirely.
Michigan law exempts several types of properties from taxation completely, including:
Michigan law provides partial exemptions as well, including homestead exemptions, poverty exemptions, principal residence exemptions, and so on. The question in exemption cases generally focuses on the use of the property, rather than its value. Shifman & Carlson, P.C. has experience representing both property owners and municipalities in exemption cases and can defend your interests.
For most situations that property owners face, we offer contingent fee arrangements based on the amount of taxes saved. For municipalities, we offer competitive hourly rates and retainer agreements.
Want to know more? Call our team at Shifman & Carlson, P.C. now!
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