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Catherine McClary, Washtenaw County Treasurer

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The Washtenaw County Treasurer does not request information on Immigration status when answering questions or providing services.

Income Tax Preparation Assistance

Income tax season is here!  There are several organizations in the area that can provide free assistance to low/limited income households and senior citizens.

ATTENTION: Homebuyers, Title Companies, & Realtors

Michigan law requires a penalty fee if you don't file your Property Transfer Affidavit (PTA) within 45 days of buying a new home (MCL 211.27a(10)). 
The State of Michigan Department of Treasury now requires active enforcement of penalties for non-timely filing of a PTA.  The fine is $5/day up to $200 for a home, and commercial properties have higher fees.
The City and Township assessors have been directed as part of their continued certification to charge the statutory penalty for PTAs not received within 45 days of closing on the property sale.  Therefore, every Assessor in the County will begin charging this penalty fee effective immediately.
Section 211.27a(10): "...the buyer, grantee, or other transferee of the property shall notify the appropriate assessing office in the local unit of government in which the property is located of the transfer of ownership of the property within 45 days of the transfer of ownership, on a form prescribed by the state tax commission..."

Are you facing immigration issues?

Or have you witnessed someone being picked up by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) personnel or a Border Patrol vehicle?
Contact the following organizations/people in the following order:

1.   Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC)  
The HOTLINE number is 734-239-6863.  The hotline is for anyone who sees an ICE or Border Patrol vehicle, witnesses an interaction between those personnel and anyone in our community, or has a family member detained.  They can help locate where the person has been taken and provide recommendations for legal services.
2.  ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union, Michigan 2966 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201  313-578-6800
3.  Representative Debbie Dingell's office who can take up the case from a federal side.  It is important even if not looking for assistance from the Congresswoman that her office can track the number of cases of people being detained.  Her Ypsilanti office is located at 301 W Michigan Ave, Ste 400, Ypsilanti, MI 48197  734-481-1100

Do you believe your property tax assessment is too high?

City and township assessors send out assessment notices in March. Review this brochure for more information on how to appeal your assessment: Property Tax Appeal Brochure (pdf)

Step Forward Program has reopened to new applicants!


Money is available to pay your property taxes, if you have had a financial hardship.


  • Interest-free, payment-free, forgivable loans
  • Up to $30,000 in assistance
  • Must have income to pay future taxes


We can help you complete an application. Call us to make an appointment. 


 Or, you can apply directly at:


2017 Poverty Exemption Guidelines

Poverty exemptions will allow eligible homeowners a one-year property tax exemption; granted by their city or township Board of Review.

  • Poverty Exemption must be filed for annually.
  • Homeowners must be below the poverty guideline set by their city or township Board of Review (click Pdf document below, call local assessing unit for more details).
  • The owner of the property must be its principal resident.
  • Applications for poverty exemption must be submitted before the last day of the Board of Review.

Please click below to review the guidelines for your city or township:

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The County Treasurer is authorized by the Michigan Constitution and State law to serve as the County's Banker and Investment Officer. The Treasurer's primary responsibilities are to safeguard public funds and to collect and account for the revenue used to operate programs for County residents.


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200 N. Main

200 N. Main St.
Suite 200
P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645

Hours of Operation M-F: 
8:30am - Noon, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Phone: 734-222-6600
Fax: 734-222-6632
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For after hours payments, please use our convenient drop box located at the Main Street entrance.

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