Senior Tax Deferrals

Tax payments for qualifying seniors, veterans, service persons, or qualified people with disabilities may be deferred without interest or penalties. Forms are available in the Treasurer's Office. These deferments must be filled out for each tax season to be enacted.

Summer Tax Deferrals

For Summer Tax Deferrals, you must have a total household income of $40,000 or less and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be 62 years of age or older (including the non remarried surviving spouse of a person who was 62 years of age or older at the time of death)
  • Be an eligible service person, veteran, or widow / widower
  • Be totally and permanently disabled, blind, paraplegic, quadriplegic, or hemiplegic

Forms must be filed prior to September 14 of every year for you qualify. Forms are available in the Treasurer's Office. Taxes can be paid without interest / penalty until February 14.

Winter Tax Deferrals

For Winter Tax Deferrals, you must have a total household income of $40,000 or less and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Meet the criteria for the Summer Tax Deferrals
  • Have applied for a property tax credit before February 14
  • Have not received your refund before March 1
  • Present a copy of the property tax credit form to our office
  • Pay your winter property taxes without penalty or interest to the Wayne County Treasurer no later than April 30

Military Tax Exemptions

Real estate used and owned as a homestead by a soldier / sailor who was discharged under honorable conditions with a service connected disability and who has a certificate from the U.S. Veterans Administration, or its successors, certifying the soldier / sailor is receiving VA benefits due to the service connected disability, is now eligible for a 100% relief from property taxes if she or he:

  • Has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans' benefits at the 100% rate
  • Has a certificate from the U.S. Veterans Administration certifying that he or she is receiving or has received monetary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing
  • Has been rated by the U.S. Veterans Administration as individually unemployable
  • Is the non-remarried, surviving spouse of a disabled veteran that qualified for one of the above

Veterans Property Tax Exemption Affidavit MUST BE FILED ANNUALLY before the last day of February with proper supporting documentation to the Canton Assessor's office. For more information on Veteran Exemptions: State of Michigan Property Tax Information for Veterans and Military Personnel webpage

Personal Property Exemption Affidavit

Small Businesses in Canton with LESS THAN $80,000 True Cash Value (TCV) of personal property (or $40,000 or less Assessed Taxable Value (TV) of personal property) are eligible for a Personal Property Tax Exemption. The Eligible Personal Property Exemption Affidavit (PDF) must be FILED ANNUALLY with the Canton Assessors Office no later than February 10th- No exceptions. Failure to file the Eligible Personal Property Exemption Affidavit (Form 5076) will result in taxes levied on the business' personal property that year.

Hardship Applications

People who qualify due to low household income may appeal a "hardship" and petition the Board of Review to reduce their taxes on an annual basis. A "hardship" is defined by meeting certain income standards set forth by the Federal Poverty Guidelines for our area. In 2011, for a family of 4, income could be no greater than $22,100. Hardship Applications must be turned in by the end of February every year to qualify. Hardship Applications are available at the Assessors' Office.

Additional Information

If you have any further questions, please call the Treasurer's Office at 734/394-5130, or the Assessors' Office at 734/394-5111.