Principal Residence Exemption
PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE EXEMPTION (PRE)
to the assessor for the city or township in which the property is located on or before May 1, or November 1 of the year the exemption is being claimed. The exemption information is then posted to the local property tax roll. Normally, when you purchase a home, Form 2368 and other relevant principal residence exemption forms are provided by the closing agents.
There are many variables in determining eligibility for the exemption. The Principal Residence Exemption (PRE Guidelines book provides answers to a number of frequently asked questions,
with the assessor for the city or township in which the property is located to remove the PRE. The PRE will be removed from the local property tax roll by the assessor beginning with the next tax year. Failure to rescind a PRE may result in additional taxes, interest and penalties. Under certain circumstances a person may qualify for a conditional rescission which allows an owner to receive a PRE on his or her current Michigan property and on previously exempted property simultaneously for up to three years. To initially qualify for a conditional rescission, the owner must submit a Conditional Rescission of Principal Residence Exemption (PRE), Form 4640 http://www.michigan.gov/documents/taxes/4640_231633_7.pdf to the assessor for the city or township in which the property is located on or before May 1 of the first year of the claim.
What is a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)?
Section 211.7cc and 211.7dd of the General Property Tax Act, Public Act 206 of 1893, as amended, addresses PRE claims (formerly known as the Homestead Exemption). A PRE exempts a principal residence from the tax levied by a local school district for school operating purposes up to 18 mills. To qualify for a PRE on a parcel of land, a person must be a Michigan resident who owns and occupies the property as a principal residence. The PRE is a separate program from theHomestead Property Tax Credit, which is filed annually with your Michigan Individual Income Tax Return.
To claim a PRE, the property owner must submit a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Affidavit Form 2368,
Rescinding or Denying a Principal Residence Exemption
In 2003, the Wexford County Treasurer’s office opted-in with the Michigan Department of Treasury and may issue denials for the current year and three immediately preceding years. Each year the Wexford County Treasurer’s office, using the records of City and Township Assessors, review the principal residence exemptions in Wexford County. For any year that an exemption should have been rescinded and was not, (current year and three immediately preceding), the exemption will be denied. A letter of inquiry is sent to the property owner, who has thirty (30) calendar days to respond. If the property owner does not meet the criteria for a principal residence exemption, the exemption is denied and the property is billed for the amount of school taxes they would have been charged for the year the exemption was denied. They are also levied an interest charge of 1.25 percent per month since the original tax bill due date.
When a person no longer owns or occupies the property as a principal residence, he or she must file a Request to Rescind Homeowner’s Principal Residence Exemption (PRE), Form 2602,
For further questions regarding Principal Residence Exemptions, please consult the Principal Residence Guideline Book (see above) or visit the State’s website. You may also contact your local Township or City Assessor.