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House Passes Changes to Summer Property Taxes

Jun 19, 2020

Businesses or personal property owners who aren’t able to pay summer property taxes for this year may have their fees or interest waived if they sign an affidavit stating they have been financially impacted by COVID-19 under legislation that passed the House. Additionally, the proposal, introduced by Representative James Lower (R-Greenville) requires local tax collectors […]

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Principal Residence Exemption Bill Headed to Governor

Jun 12, 2020

Michigan homeowners who were unable to move in to their new homes before June 1 due to COVID-19 could see property tax relief under legislation sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The bill, introduced by Senator Roger Victory (R-Georgetown Township), would extend the time frame a new homeowner has to file their paperwork to receive the […]

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Appropriations Chair Calls for Delayed Tax Filing Deadline

Mar 27, 2020

House Appropriations Chairman Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) has called on the State to mirror the Federal government and delay the tax filing deadline to July 15. According to the Chair, this would help taxpayers and tax preparers who may have difficulty meeting the April 15 deadline due to the stay-at-home order. Additionally, this would help […]

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Bill Introduced Lowering State Income Tax Rate

Jan 17, 2020

Representative Rodney Wakeman (R-Saginaw Twp.) introduced legislation reducing the state’s income tax rate incrementally until it’s eliminated. Under the proposal, the current rate of 4.25% would be reduced to 3.9% in 2021 and would phase out an additional 0.1% each year beginning in 2022 until eliminated. In 2007, then-Governor Jennifer Granholm and the legislature agreed […]

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Committee Hears Testimony on Community Foundation Tax Incentive

Dec 06, 2019

Representative Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.) testified in support of his legislation that creates an income tax credit for donations to community foundations. The proposal, which is part of a bipartisan two-bill package, incentives taxpayers to contribute to worthy charitable causes such as homeless shelters, food banks, and others. For an individual taxpayer, the credit cannot […]

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Solar Panel Taxation Bills Headed to the Governor

Nov 01, 2019

Installing solar panels on a home or business could no longer increase property taxes under legislation approved by the Senate this week. Currently, some communities charge higher property taxes on homes and buildings after they have installed solar panels. However, this practice varies by community. This proposal would create a consistent law across the state […]

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Online Sales Tax Collection Legislation Passes House

Oct 18, 2019

Online retailers would be required by law to collect sales tax, regardless of whether they are operating inside or outside of Michigan, under a package passed by the House this week.  For years, the practice was that retailers with a nexus in the state had to collect sales tax. However, as online shopping continued to […]

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Legislation Allowing Local Fees and Taxes Introduced

Sep 20, 2019

Legislation was introduced this week giving local governments authority to levy their own taxes to help pay for infrastructure improvements. The bipartisan package was introduced by Representative Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann) and Representative Tim Sneller (D-Burton). The proposal allows a local government to put on the ballot a registration fee or excise fuel tax, which […]

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