Poverty Exemption

The State Tax Commission at their meeting on February 9, 2021 approved Bulletin 3 of 2021 regarding poverty exemptions under MCL 211.7u. This Bulletin addresses the changes to the law by Public Act 253 of 2020.

It is important that assessors, local unit officials, and taxpayers understand the requirements for claiming the poverty exemption under the changes to the law. A taxpayer must file the following with the local unit of government to apply for the poverty exemption for 2021:

  1. Form 5737 Application for MCL 211.7u Poverty Exemption
  2. Form 5739 Affirmation of Ownership and Occupancy to Remain Exempt by Reason of Poverty. All required additional documentation (such as federal/state income tax returns) Taxpayers not required to file federal/state income tax returns would instead submit
  3. Form 4988 Poverty Exemption Affidavit

The State Tax Commission is providing the attached MCL 211.7u Poverty Exemption Taxpayer Fact Sheet to assist with explaining the filing requirements to taxpayers.

Lastly, local units are reminded that, by resolution, they can carry a poverty exemption forward that was granted in 2019 or 2020 for the 2021 tax year, without an application or protest to the Board of Review. Local units must adopt a resolution by February 15, 2021 to carry the exemption forward for the 2021 tax year. (See MCL211.7u(8))

Bulletin 3 of 2021 and the Taxpayer Fact Sheet are attached and will be made available on the State Tax Commission’s website at https://www.michigan.gov/statetaxcommission. Also attached are Forms 5737, 5739 and 4988.

Form 4988 Poverty Exemption Affidavit.pdf
Form 5739 Affirmation of Ownership and Occupancy.pdf
Form 5737 Application for MCL 211.7u Poverty Exemption.pdf
Bulletin 3 of 2021 - Poverty Exemption.pdf
Poverty Exemption Taxpayer Fact Sheet 2021.pdf

Spring Clean Up 2019

The City will be providing yard waste removal to city residents in the spring.

April 22rd, May 13th, May 28th  and June 10th.

Residents can place brush and yard waste at the curbs to be removed by the Department of Public Works.  Brush should not exceed 10 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length and leaves or lawn clippings must be placed in biodegradable bags.

It is important to make sure that you do not place yard waste to the curb any sooner than 48 hours prior, as it will distract from the overall attractiveness of the community.

Keep in mind, if specific rules are not followed while placing brush and yard waste to the curb, it will not be picked up.

Spring Newsletter

The City of Standish Spring Newsletter is now available at City Hall, the depot, and the laundromat.  Stop by and pickup your free copy!

City of Standish is now accepting Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Electronic Checks

The City of Standish now accepts credit cards in the office with no fee, you can also pay by phone by calling 877-811-8470 with $3.95 fee, or by going to 'Make payments' under the 'Community Info' tab at the top of the page.

Summer Reminder

Please be sure to keep your grass mowed this summer.  Our City Ordinance states that grass and/or weeds cannot exceed 12 inches.  If the City has to cut the grass, the property owner will be billed a minimum of $150 residential and $250 commercial.

City of Standish Municipal Building
399 E. Beaver St. • P.O. Box 726
Standish, MI 48658

Phone: (989) 846-9588  •  Fax: (989) 846-6287  •  Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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