Fraser Trebilcock has filed a Tax Tribunal lawsuit to challenge a township decision that wrongfully denied an Honorably discharged Michigan Veteran a property tax exemption.
In 2013, the Michigan Legislature unanimously passed a law giving 100% property tax exemption to veterans who meet certain criteria. Alaiedon Township in Ingham County recently denied veteran James Armstrong's application for the exemption with no explanation. Fraser Trebilcock filed a petition with the Michigan Tax Tribunal appealing the Township’s decision.
Paul McCord, an attorney at Fraser Trebilcock and a veteran of the U.S. Navy said, "The law passed in 2013 is clear, any veteran who was honorable discharged from the U.S. Armed Services, is a resident of the State of Michigan, and who is either 100% disabled or unemployable is eligible for a property tax exemption on their homestead.
"It appears that the Township may have given consideration to some other criteria not expressed in the law,” McCord said. "Our client was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, is a resident of the State of Michigan and has been rated by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs as unemployable. A fair reading of Michigan law says he is eligible for the property tax exemption.
“We are confident the Michigan Tax Tribunal will see the Township’s error," he concluded.
Presently, there are more than 661,000 veterans in Michigan.