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Principal Residence Exemption

The Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit allows you to claim an exemption on your home which will lower your school tax bill. For you to be eligible for this exemption, you must own and occupy your house as your legal principal residence by June 1st of each year. This form is filed at your local Assessor's Office and is good until you sell your house or change the use of your property to a second home or to a rental home. You may only claim one house as your principal residence.

Guidelines for the Michigan Principal Residence Exemption Program

Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit

Use this form to add a Principal Residence Exemption to your home or vacant lot adjacent to your principal residence. A separate form must be completed for each parcel number. 

Request to Rescind Homeowner's Principal Residence Exemption

Use this form if you sell your property or change the use of your property to a second home or rental property.

Conditional Rescission of Principal Residence Exemption

An owner may receive the Principal Residence Exemption on the previous principal residence for up to three years if that property is not occupied, is for sale, is not leased, and is not used for any business or commercial purpose.

Poverty Exemption

To be considered for a poverty exemption, the following information must be provided:

Complete all sections of the Poverty Exemption Application; must be legible.
You MUST submit a completed and signed copy of:

2021 Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit Claim (MI 1040 CR)
2021 Federal Income Tax Return (1040), if you are required to file federal income tax.
2021 Federal Income Tax Return (1040) for all other occupants of your home.

If an occupant of your home is not employed but has income from another source, you must show “Annual Income” on the application.
If you completed the section of the application indicating you have major or unusual out-of-pocket expenses, you must provide copies of documents verifying these expenses; does not include everyday living expenses.

The Board of Review will consider assets other than the taxpayers primary residence, standard mode of transportation and usual household goods valued at more than $25,000 will be considered and added to the household income to determine eligibility.

Do not submit originals of supporting documentation as we must keep these for our records and cannot return them.

2022 Income Limits - Poverty Exemption

Resolution 2021-31 Poverty Exemption Guidelines

Poverty Exemption Taxypayer Fact Sheet

Poverty Exemption Application & Instructions

Disabled Veteran's Exemption

Public Act 161, which went into effect November 12, 2013, applies to a homestead property of a disabled veteran who was discharged from the United States armed forces under honorable conditions.

State Tax Commission's Disabled Veterans FAQ


State Tax Commission Bulletin 22 of 2013

This Bulletin has important information and answers several questions regarding the recently amended Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption.


To apply, please submit the State Tax Commission Affidavit for Disabled Veterans Exemption Form, a V.A. verification letter, a picture ID, and closing statements if the property is a new purchase.

Other Exemptions

View other Proprty Tax Exemptions you may be eligible for in the State of Michigan


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