In Michigan, the homestead exemption is a property tax credit that you as a homeowner claim on your income tax return each year. To claim the Michigan homestead exemption you must be a permanent resident of Michigan and your homesteaded property must be your primary residence. Homestead exemptions are valid on houses, mobile homes and even rented apartments. You must file your homestead exemption paperwork prior to May 1st for eligibility to claim the exemption on your income tax return for the tax year.
Obtain a Homestead Exemption Affidavit from your local tax assessor's office (see Resources).
Provide all of the information requested on the Homestead Exemption Affidavit, including your property tax number, address of your home, the date you moved into your home, your name and social security number and the names and social security numbers of any co-owners of the property.
Read through the questions on the remainder of the application, checking the "Yes" or "No" boxes that apply to your situation. Sign and date the affidavit.
Deliver or mail your Homestead Exemption Affidavit to the tax assessor's office in the county where your home is located. Applications filed after May 1st may not be claimed on your income tax return for that tax year. Your affidavit is recorded with the county. You will only receive notification regarding your affidavit if your request is denied, to which you can appeal.