The deadline for a property owner to file a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Affidavit is June 1 for the summer tax levy, with a second deadline of November 1 for the winter tax levy. As a result, property owners that occupy a property as their principal residence and submit Form 2368 to the local Assessing Department on or before June 1, 2023, may qualify for a PRE beginning with the 2023 summer tax levy. If a property owner occupies a property as a principal residence at any time from June 2, 2023, to November 1, 2023, and submits Form 2368 to the local Assessing Department on or before November 1, 2023, that property owner may qualify for a PRE beginning with the 2023 winter tax levy.
If you purchased real property during 2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023 you may qualify for the Principal Residence Exemption.
If you have purchased real property, you are required to file a Property Transfer Affidavit with the Assessing Department within 45 days of the date of transfer.
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Property Tax Relief
Property owners on a fixed or limited income may be eligible for a reduction in property taxes due to poverty. A poverty claim can only be considered on a principal residence, so you must own and occupy the residence. The application for Poverty Exemption must be completed, in full, and submitted to the Board of Review (via the Novi Assessing Department). It must include information regarding all persons residing within the household, whether or not they own the property, and include supporting documentation including: the prior two (2) years’ tax returns, recent bank statements, current IRA/401K statements, Homestead Property Tax Credit forms (even if you are not required to file income tax returns), and all other required documentation (see application). Be prepared to provide additional supporting documentation at the request of the Board of Review to verify income/expenses/assets. Poverty reduction is not a permanent change to your assessment; it must be applied for annually and approved by the Board of Review.
The Board of Review encourages property owners to provide any other information that may shed light on their current situation (for example: excessive medication costs or out-of-pocket insurance fees). Each case is considered on an individual basis, however there are certain state guidelines that the Board of Review must follow. If you have received a reduction in the past, based on your appeal or because of poverty, it will not carry over from year-to-year. Poverty reduction is not a permanent change to your record by the Assessing Department; you must appeal every year. Keep in mind that the members of the Board of Review may change from year-to-year and, therefore, you are not guaranteed the same action at the time of review. Click here to access the Poverty Application Form.
The State of Michigan does not provide for an exemption or reduction in property taxes due to age.
If you need assistance having your taxes prepared, contact the NOVI SENIOR CENTER at 248-347-0414.