Personal Property Taxes

Purpose


The purpose of this page is to familiarize business owners with the Personal Property tax. We will attempt to explain the function of the Township and City Treasurer's and Assessor's Offices in the administration of the tax.

Personal Property


Personal property includes furniture, fixtures, equipment and machinery used in the operation of a business. Typical items are desks, chairs, computers, cash registers, racks, beds, televisions, tools, cabinets, and anything used for business but not for resale. If you question whether the property qualifies for the tax, contact the Township or City Assessor's Office.

Tax Day


The Township/City Assessor values your personal property on Tax Day. Under Michigan Law, (211.2) Tax Day is December 31 of each year. Property valued at market or true cash value and assessed at 50% thereof.

Statement of Personal Property


The Township/City Assessor mails out personal property statements in December of each year. Under State Law, statement are to be filed with the Assessor declaring all personal property. Should you not receive a statement in early January, please contact the Assessor's Office, where your business is located.

Delinquent Personal Property Taxes


If you owe delinquent personal property taxes, pay them. The non-payment of these taxes may result in the seizure of the property. Personal Property taxes are considered delinquent the day after they are due. If you have a dispute, pay the taxes and pursue action to show why reimbursement should be made. But, once the opportunity to appeal with the Board of Review has passed and a bill has been issued, the assessment and the bill are both valid and the tax is not refundable.

Seizure


The Treasurer is authorized to seize and sell personal property of a business if personal property taxes remain unpaid. (Periodic statements serve as a formal notice that the tax is outstanding.) A jeopardy assessment for future taxes, based on the Tax Day assessment, can be levied if these are not paid.

Posting of Notice


Once seized, the personal property of the business is tagged or removed from the property. All property seized will fall under the control of the Treasurer.

Sale of Property


If unpaid personal property taxes remain after seizure, the Treasurer may sell the property in accordance with State Law (211.47).

Returning the Form


It is imperative that you return the completed statement in a timely fashion. Statements are due by February 20 of each year. If you do not return this statement, the Assessor is obligated, by law, to estimate the assessment based on available information. If you have gone out of business you must fill that in on the statement. Do not assume that because you are out of business the Assessor will not assess the personal property. Remember, estimated assessments are valid.


Contesting the Assessment


An assessment may be contested if you feel it is inaccurate. If you disagree with your assessment please contact the Assessor. If needed, you may appeal to the local Board of Review and further to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. However, to file with the Tribunal, you must have filed your personal property tax statement and must appeal to the local Board of Review. Contact the Assessor's Office for further details regarding this process.

Jeopardy Assessment


When the Township becomes aware of a business closing, selling, transferring or downsizing, or if the previous year's personal property tax is delinquent, the Treasurer will levy what is called a "Jeopardy Assessment." Under this procedure, both the July and December bills will be issued in advance to ensure collection of the tax. Non-payment of a jeopardy assessment or prior year's bills will result in seizure or lawsuit.

Helpful Hints


Buying a Business


Make sure that the seller has paid the personal property taxes. Be aware, if you buy after January 1, the tax bills for the following July-December may be in the name of the old business, but the tax lien on the property remains. Therefore, the property may be seized to pay delinquent personal property taxes even though you may be the new property owner. Make sure you contact the Assessor's Office, and make changes in writing.

Call the Township/City Treasurer's Office to find out what personal property taxes are outstanding.

Opening a Business


Please contact the Township/City Assessor's Office to notify them that you are in business within the Township/City and for information concerning personal property.

Going Out of Business


Contact the Township/City Assessor and the Township/City to let them know.

Leasing Equipment


Leased equipment should be reported on the personal property statement. As the owner of a business, you can benefit greatly from understanding Personal Property Taxes and how they affect your business. This webpage is designed to provide you with information you need to meet the requirements of the law. If you have any further questions, please contact the Township or City Treasurer's Office for current information or the Township/City Assessor's Office or the County Treasurer for delinquent information.

Township or City Treasurer's Office

Township or City
Phone Number
Blackman 517-788-4345
City of Jackson 517-788-4043
Columbia 517-592-2000
Concord 517-524-8291
Grass Lake 517-522-8464
Hanover 517-563-2791
Henrietta 517-596-3387
Jackson County 517-788-4418
Leoni 517-764-4694
Liberty 517-529-4374
Napoleon 517-536-8694
Norvell 517-536-4370
Parma 517-629-8277
Pulaski 517-524-6061
Rives 517-641-8900
Sandstone 517-784-4712
Spring Arbor 517-750-2800
Springport 517-857-2030
Summit 517-788-4113
Tompkins 517-782-3469
Waterloo 517-596-8600