Property owners are responsible for paying their property taxes. Our office can help explain the tax foreclosure process, work with you to develop a payment plan, or refer you to assistance programs that may be available. Are you facing tax foreclosure because of unpaid 2018 or earlier taxes? If so, March 31st is the deadline to pay or set up a plan to avoid losing your home. Tax foreclosure can occur once property taxes are delinquent for three years. For example, 2018 property taxes became delinquent on March 1, 2019, forfeited to the county Treasurer on March 1, 2020 and can be foreclosed as early as February 2021.
For Properties Facing Tax Foreclosure in 2021:
As part of the foreclosure judgment, you can redeem your property by paying the 2018 and prior year taxes by March 31, 2021.
The first step is to obtain the balance of your 2018 and prior year property taxes. You can find that balance using the property address on Access My Gov. Once on the page you can search by entering the owner's name, property address, or parcel number in the box near the top of the page.
Determine if you need more time to pay and request a hardship extension. We will then work with you to develop a payment plan, after you complete the following forms:
Deliver these to our office at 1 S. Main, 2nd Floor, Mt. Clemens.
If you are unable to print these forms, you can fill them out, save them, then email the forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hardship Extensions are available for owner occupied homes and businesses in limited circumstances. Rental properties are not eligible for Extensions.
Lastly, call the Macomb County Treasurer’s office at 586-469-5446 to schedule an appointment to meet with a tax consultant.
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The Step Forward Michigan Program was established by the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MHA) to help Michigan homeowners stay in their homes.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority has plenty of useful information on their site about the stages of foreclosure and what you can do to avoid losing your home.
Free Financial and Foreclosure Counseling is available to you by calling Michigan State University Extension Certified Housing Counselors at 586-469-6430.
Watch a video on how to apply for the Step Forward Michigan program.