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Delinquent Tax Information

Michigan law (MCL 211) states that tax bills from the year 2017 must be paid by March 31, 2020 or they will be  foreclosed and sold at public auction.

The Van Buren County Treasurer is dedicated to working with taxpayers to keep them in their homes and caught up on delinquent 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 Financial Hardship Application and return it to the Van Buren County Treasurer’s office by March 16, 2020. 

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

Applicant Conditions:

  • Must hold title to the property, or be a legal guardian, conservator or have power of attorney over the owner/resident or represent the estate of the title holder, if deceased
  • Occupy the property as a primary residence
  • Complete the Financial Hardship Application
  • Agree to a payment plan. Plans may include one or more of the following:
    • Tax payment assistance from an agency such as MDHHS or Step Forward
    • Pending sale or refinancing of the property
    • Installment payment plan
  • Applicants must disclose the hardship condition that affects their ability to pay taxes. Proof of such hardship may be requested. Hardships may include but are not limited to the following involuntary hardships:
    • Unemployment or underemployment
    • Illness or out of pocket medical expense
    • One-time critical expense
  • The property must be in compliance with local code. The County Treasurer will NOT consider properties that are dangerous buildings, condemned, or vacant/boarded.
  • We may request additional information such as:
    • Photo 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

What if I am approved?

The Treasurer will document the agreed upon payment plan on the Hardship form and sign the document. You will be withheld from foreclosure for one 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 2017 and prior years must be paid by the end of business on March 31, 2020 or ownership of the property is transferred to the County Treasurer.


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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