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Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:41

Proposal would overhaul Michigan tax appeals

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Some Michigan officials are pushing for an overhaul in state tax appeals, arguing that the current process is too complicated and has inconsistent results. The Detroit News reports Thursday that a draft of potential changes is being circulated by the Michigan Department of Treasury. The proposal would eliminate the Michigan Tax Tribunal that handles assessment appeals from property owners unsatisfied with rulings from local boards. The state wants to replace the tribunal with a Michigan Tax Court whose judges and magistrates would have more experience and higher pay. Proposed changes would require legislation to take effect. Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton says officials are now receiving feedback on the proposal, which was distributed to attorneys and business leaders. The changes also would create county tax boards to hear appeals.