Property Tax Payment Law
Public Act 123 of 1999 shortens the amount of time property owners have to pay their delinquent taxes before losing their property. Property owners with taxes that are 2 years delinquent will be foreclosed and the property will be sold at public auction. For complete details download The Michigan Taxpayer Guide.
With this new act, the amount of time to pay taxes has been reduced from approximately 5 years to approximately 2.5 years.
For example, people who fail to pay their 2017 property taxes will lose their property to foreclosure on March 31, 2020. Click here to view the Delinquent Tax Timeline.
Interest Rate & Other Fees
Property owners face high interest and fees for not paying their taxes. Taxes that are delinquent for more than 1 year will have a substantially higher interest rate (1.5% per month, as opposed to the current 1%). After 1 year, taxes incur $280 in forfeiture/recording fees.
Tax Information Look Up (prior years)
Click here to look up tax information. If you are the property owner, you can look up your tax information for free. If you are not the property owner, there will be a $2.00 charge.
We accept email requests at firstname.lastname@example.org for tax information. If you are a third party (not the owner of the property) we do charge a fee of $1.00 per request, per parcel. We bill for these charges on a monthly basis if your cumulative total for the month is over $5.00. If it is the first time you are requesting information from our office, please make sure to provide a billing address (If complete information is not provided your request will not be processed).
**For current year real property tax, special assessments, or personal property tax,
please contact the local unit directly. Click here for local unit contact information**
Please visit our Payment Page for information on payment options.
Auctions and Claimants
Gogebic County Uses Tax-Sale.info to conduct real property foreclosure auctions. You may direct questions regarding Tax-Sale.info auctions to 800-259-7470.
Beginning with the 2021 foreclosures, in accordance with MCL 211.78t those who hold title or equity interest in property at the time of foreclosure, may file to claim leftover proceeds, if any are available, associated to those parcels which sell for more than the owing delinquency. Claiming potential proceeds begins with filing the below form 5743 Notice of Intention to Claim Interest in Foreclosure Sales Proceeds with the Foreclosing Governmental Unit (FGU) by July 1 in the year of foreclosure. The FGU will respond by January 31 following the foreclosure auctions, with a form 5744 Notice to Claimant to File Motion with the Circuit Court. Provided there actually are surplus proceeds remaining for the property, the claimant may then file a motion with the Circuit Court between February 1 and May 15, following the notice from the FGU. The courts will then set a hearing date and time to determine claim payments.