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November 29, 2018

Good news in fight to end Michigan’s tax foreclosure abuse

In 2011, PLF client Uri Rafaeli of Oakland County, Michigan, accidentally underpaid property taxes by $8. He paid all the following years' taxes on time. But in 2014, after making his first tax payment for the year, he discovered that the County had foreclosed on his home to collect the $8 debt, plus about $277 ...

October 27, 2017

When does a $8.41 tax bill cost you $24,215?

In January 2013, Uri Rafaeli's business—Rafaeli, LLC—tried to pay the overdue taxes for a modest rental home in Southfield, Michigan.  Rafaeli miscalculated the interest due for the delinquent 2011 taxes and underpaid by $8.41. A year later, Oakland County foreclosed on the property. The County then auctioned the property for $24,500 and kept ...

July 13, 2017

PLF asks Supreme Court to stop Michigan from stealing

When Wayside Church fell behind on its 2011 property taxes on a parcel that the church had used as a youth camp, Van Buren County took the youth camp property and sold it for $206,000 to pay the church's $16,750 in taxes, penalties, interest, and fees. The County kept the surplus proceeds—$189,250 more than the ...

June 29, 2012

Supreme Court denies review of Hawaii's race-based property tax scheme

The U.S. Supreme Court today denied a petition for writ of certiorari in a case concerning Hawaii’s discriminatory race-based property tax scheme that forces non-preferred races to pay a higher tax rate.  The case is called Corboy v. Louie. Here’s the background.  In 1921, when Hawaii was still a U.S. territory and not a state, Con ...