For any Michigan residents who have NOT paid outstanding State Taxes; Now is the time to take advantage of:
Penalty Free Payments;
...there is a program in Michigan to enable residents' ability to pay back taxes or late taxes:
"Michigan Tax Amnesty";
...residents can take advantage of this program that is in effect 'until June 30, 2011;
...the TV ads & Posters being presented in the state cover some of the "Reasons" for non-payment;
a. Poster; Dog legs = wording " My Dog ate it" [paperwork]
b. Poster: man in white shirt, Blue tie & 1 pen in pocket = wording "I couldn't find a Pen" ;
c. Poster: woman standing on chair, looking at papers on the floor = wording "I have a fear of paperwork";
Come on Michiganders [who have resisted paying your share--Get with it; Lose the Middle=School homework excuses; Do what it is that we all have to do; OR see you in the Courts.
[ We will take ALL the helpers out there:]
Property Tax Appeals:
according to the Detroit News [ www.detnews.com / May 12, 2011 / Paul Egan / Section A / page 1 A
"Property tax appeals overwhelm state court"
...municipalities concerned about big refund totals;
...many date back "Years";
...the Michigan Tax Tribunal's chairman-Kimbal Smith III took over in March 2011;
...the backlog was often due to poor management & not just to a spike in cases filed;
...all 2010 cases were finally "docketed" in the past few weeks;
...the Tribunal handles all types--residential, commercial, agricultural, & industrial cases.
These numbers have increased over the years since 2004; they have doubled since 2008.
A stark statement considering it includes ALL types of property / property taxes.
Another reality is that some municipalities have NOT set-aside $$$$ to cover as many successful cases; should the predicted 1/2 of cases be settled in favor of the property owner--some municipalities will not be prepared for the total amount of dollars needed.
29,000 of the cases pending are from individual property owners--the "small claims" appeals that are typically heard
informally by a local referee. the rest [11,000 now] are heard before one of the seven Tribunal Members.
Some of these cases go back to 2008. The 2008 assessments were called into question--some not yet addressed--
let alone settled.
Mr Smith has set the goal to process the 'small claims' within 14 months that previously took 32-36 Months.
The tribunal is also adding hearing officers moving from 11 to 24 such. each claims officer [hearing] will see 14 cases per sitting which is up from preciously set 10 per sitting.
He has tasked the 7 tribunal judges and 2 administrative law judges to also assist with hearing some "small claims".
The new management style of Mr Kimbal Smith has been evidenced by his ending what he called "flyspecking settlement deals" ; he is quoted as saying "...the tribunal has nitpicked stipulations, either being very slow in approving them or not approving them at all"
Since his arrival to the position..settlements are already up sharply, thus avoiding the need for hearings and therefore saving time and resources.
Steps forward in Michigan; processes are changing;
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