Tax & Assessing Forms

The work of the Treasurer's Office and Assessing Department impact your property assessment and property taxes. Below is some information about the most frequently utilized forms. 

Tax & Assessing Forms

Principal Residence Exemption Form

Filed with the Assessing Office

Principal Residence Exemptions (aka Homestead Exemption), as defined by state law, is that portion of a dwelling or unit in a multiple-unit dwelling that is subject to taxation and is owned and occupied as a principle residence by the person claiming the exemption. Principal residence property also includes all of an owner's unoccupied property classified as residential and contiguous to the dwelling that is owned and occupied as a principal residence by the owner of the record. The deadline to file the Affidavit for taxes levied after December 31 is June 1 for the summer tax levy and November 1 for the winter tax levy. Principal residence properties are exempt from the tax levied by a local school district for school operating purposes to the extent provided under section 1211 of the revised school code, Act Number 451 of Public Acts 1976.

View the Principal Residence Exemption Form (PDF).

Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) Active Duty Military Affidavit

Filed with the Assessing Office

This form enables a person with an established Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) to retain the PRE while on active duty in the United States Armed Forces if the principal residence is rented or leased. Property that currently qualifies as a principal residence will continue to qualify for three years after any portion of the dwelling or unit included in or constituting the principal residence, is rented or leased to another person and is used as a residence. A copy of Active Duty Orders must be submitted with this Affidavit.

View the PRE Active Military Duty Form (PDF).

Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption Affidavit

Filed with the Assessing Office

Public Act 161 of 2013 enables honorably discharged, 100% disabled veterans to be exempt from property taxes for real property used and owned as a homestead by the veteran or the un-remarried surviving spouse of the veteran. The act requires that the disabled veteran or un-remarried surviving spouse annually file an Affidavit with the Portage Office of the City Assessor prior to the completion of the December Board of Review (the Tuesday following the second Monday of December).

View the Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption Form (PDF).

Property Transfer Affidavit Form L-4260 (2766)

Filed with the Assessing Office

For all properties sold during the prior year, the current year's Taxable Value will be "uncapped" and changed to the current year's State Equalized Value of the property. There is no limitation on the amount of change in Taxable Value in the year after a property transfer. Thereafter, the cap goes back on the Taxable Value and increases in Taxable Value are limited to the capped value formula.

View the Property Transfer Affidavit Form (PDF).

Poverty Exemption Forms

Filed with the Assessing Office

Proof of eligibility for the poverty exemption shall be provided to the board of review by supplying copies of federal and state income tax returns for all persons residing in the principal residence, including 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.

Request to Rescind Personal Residence Exemption

Filed with the Assessing Office

This form enables people who are selling or converting their home to another use to rescind their exemption. It also enables people to change the percentage that they occupy as their principal residence.

Request to Rescind PRE Form (PDF).

Conditional Rescission of Principal Residence Exemption (PRE)

Filed with the Assessing Office

The Conditional Rescission allows an owner to receive the principal residence exemption on his or her current Michigan property and on previously exempted property simultaneously if certain criteria are met. 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.

View the Conditional Rescission of PRE Form (PDF).

Deferment of Summer Taxes

View the Deferment of Summer Taxes Form (PDF).