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Prepaying 2018 Property Taxes

by Katelyn Zeits
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Reasons why residents are unable to prepay their 2018 property taxes for the City of Traverse City: 

First, the General Property Tax Act in Michigan (MCL 211.1-211.157) does not allow for local governments to accept prepayment of taxes.  We can only do that which we are permitted to do by state law.  Such provision simply does not exist.
Second, at present there is no property tax levied for 2018.  That will not occur until the assessors make their assessments, send out assessment notices in February 2018, allow for property owners to protest their assessments at the Board of Review in March 2018, allow for the county equalization department to complete their process in April 2018, and allow for the various taxing jurisdictions to levy their millage in conjunction with the adoption of their budgets which takes place in May and early June 2018.  Therefore, the property tax does not become a tax owing until July 1, 2018.
Third, since there exists no property tax yet for 2018, the taxpayer does not have a tax that can be itemized on their 2017 federal income tax form.
For further questions, please contact the City Treasurer's Office at 231-922-4430.