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Publications | May 19, 2020
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Property Tax Appeal Deadlines Extended Due to COVID-19

See the update to this eAlert posted on 6-17-20 titled "Update to Previous eAlert on Property Tax Appeal Deadlines."

On May 14, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020‑87 (the “EO”), which is effective immediately and temporarily suspends certain deadlines for filing 2020 property tax appeals to allow an extension of these deadlines due to the COVID‑19 pandemic. Important highlights of this EO include the following:

    In response to this EO, the Michigan Tax Tribunal (“Tribunal”) issued a notice on May 15, 2020, which provides that during this period, any previously scheduled in-person small claims hearings have been converted to telephonic hearings unless an in-person hearing is requested by way of motion. Also, entire Tribunal hearings scheduled for the month of May have been adjourned and in-person entire Tribunal pre-hearing conferences scheduled for May have also been converted to telephonic conferences, unless a motion to adjourn is filed. Any such motions to adjourn or extend will be liberally granted with immediate consideration consistent with the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order.

    In addition to the Governor’s EO, House Bill 5766 is currently pending in the Michigan Legislature, which would further extend the deadlines for filing property tax appeals until August 31, 2020. This bill is still under consideration and has not yet become law. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates accordingly.

    In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like us to help determine whether you have a possible 2020 tax appeal, please contact Ralph Colasuonno, Christian Meyer or any other member of Warner’s Real Property Litigation Practice Group as soon as possible.