Do You Qualify for a 2018 Property Tax Poverty Exemption?

The City of Portage Board of Review can approve a one-year exemption from property taxes due to a resident’s poverty income level. This annual property tax exemption requires the applicant to currently be receiving the Principal Residence Exemption and meet the federal household poverty exemption guidelines for the previous calendar year as shown below.

Federal Household Income Guidelines
Household Size*  Maximum Income 
1 person $12,060 
2 person $16,240 
3 person
4 person $24,600 
5 person $28,780 
6 person $32,960 
7 person
8 person $41,320 
*For households with more than 8 persons, add $4,180 for each additional person.

The Federal Household Income Guidelines determine the eligibility of the applicant and must be supported with proper income documentation (such as federal and state income tax returns for all persons residing in the principal residence, including any property tax credit returns) or by filing an affidavit for all persons residing in the residence who were not required to file federal or state income tax returns for the current or preceding tax year. Household assets (a maximum of $25,000) are also considered and must be reported on the application.

Download the Property Tax Poverty Exemption Application (PDF) form, which is also available at the Office of the City Assessor (City Hall, 7900 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI 49002). To be considered for the exemption at the March Board of Review, a completed application must be submitted to the Office of the City Assessor by March 12, 2018.

Generally, the Board of Review considers completed applications in relation to the federal household income guidelines and household assets, then determines by a simple majority vote whether to grant an exemption. Exemptions granted to residents due to poverty income levels are subject to audit by the Michigan Department of Treasury. More information may be obtained by contacting the Office of the City Assessor at 329-4433.