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Delinquent Tax Information

Michigan law (MCL 211) states that tax bills from the year 2016 must be paid by April 1, 2019 or they will be lost to foreclosure and then sold at public auction.

The Van Buren County Treasurer is dedicated to working with delinquent taxpayers to keep them in their homes and caught up on overdue tax bills (pursuant to MCL 211.7dd). This program is designed for people who own and reside in their home.

 How do I apply?

Please complete our Hardship Form and return it to the Van Buren County Treasurer’s office by March 8, 2019.

  •  Make a plan to meet with the Treasurer to discuss your application. Come prepared to discuss your plan to repay the taxes.

We may ask for additional information such as:

  • Picture ID
  • Valid mortgage, deed, or land contract
  • Verification of income or assets
  • Federal income tax returns
  • Proof of any needs-based state or federal assistance

 (The property must be in compliance with local code.)

The Treasurer will take into consideration financial situation, hardship, extraordinary circumstances, and the repayment plan.

 What If I am approved?

The Treasurer will document the agreed upon payment plan on the Hardship Form and mail you a confirmation letter.

You will be withheld from foreclosure for 1 year. During that year, interest, fees, and additional expenses will continue to accrue on the parcel and will increase your liability. 

 What If I am denied?

Taxes from 2016 and previous years must be paid by the end of business on April 1, 2019 or ownership of the property is transferred to the Van Buren County Treasurer.

 Questions?

Please call or visit us if you have any questions or to discuss your options.

 Van Buren County Treasurer
 Phone: (269) 657-8288 
 219 E. Paw Paw St.
 Suite 101
 Paw Paw, MI 49079

 

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