Dec. 10 – Oakland Co. Treasurer Taxpayer Assistance in Pontiac

Dec. 10 – Oakland Co. Treasurer Taxpayer Assistance in Pontiac

Pontiac, MI – Community Taxpayer Assistance Meetings are one-on-one, face-to-face meetings with taxpayers in their community to discuss delinquent property taxes. The program focuses on primary residences and operating businesses. The goal is to assist taxpayers facing financial hardship in a timely and professional manner in a setting that is non-threatening and do whatever possible to keep families in their homes and businesses open. The desired outcome is foreclosure prevention with full payment of delinquent taxes. Deputies authorize repayment schedules, apply for grants to pay delinquent taxes or provide referrals to financial coaches, volunteer attorneys and CPAs.

Earlier this year the National Association of Counties awarded Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner his third achievement award. Meisner’s latest program, Community TAM’s, received national acclaim as one of the most innovative and effective county government programs in the United States. The Treasurer’s Office assists thousands of families at meetings held in county offices and several offsite locations throughout Oakland County.

“Although the economic outlook for Oakland County is strong, there are families in our communities who are suffering from poverty, underemployment and high debts. Community Taxpayer Assistance Meetings are an innovative program we are proud to offer. Michigan law requires the County Treasurer to recover unpaid property taxes. Tax foreclosure is one method to recover those funds. Community TAMs follow a broader mission to recover delinquent taxes, keep families in their home and businesses operating, and bring government to the people in an accessible way,” said Meisner.

For property owners facing tax foreclosure in 2020, the Treasurer’s Office provides many opportunities to discuss delinquent property taxes. First, Meisner will host meetings in six communities across Oakland County in November and December. Taxpayers are required to pre-register online at octreasurer.youcanbook.me or by calling 248-858-0611. Second, beginning in January 2020, daily appointments will be available at the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office in Pontiac. Finally, “Walk-In Wednesdays” allow taxpayers without a pre-scheduled appointment to meet with deputies any Wednesday in January or February 2020 from 9-11:30AM and 2-3:30PM. Taxpayers are required to bring photo identification and proof of income or tax returns.

Appointments are available:

November 12, 2019, 1-7PM, at the Holly Township Library

November 14, 2019, 1-7PM, at the Oxford Public Library

November 21, 2019, 10AM-7PM, at the Southfield Parks & Rec Building

December 10, 2019, 10AM-7PM, at the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac

December 11, 2019, 1-7PM, at the Wixom Public Library

December 17, 2019, 10AM-7PM, at the Hazel Park Public Library

“Community” is key to the program’s success, ensuring that the proximity to county offices is not a barrier to delivering quality public service. Often, delinquent taxpayers are first time homeowners who have little knowledge of taxes and personal budgeting. Before the program began, many struggling property owners would cancel or not appear for meetings because of work conflicts, transportation issues or lack of understanding of the tax foreclosure process. Sometimes taxpayers were too intimidated or overwhelmed to visit county offices. However, meeting with taxpayers is vital to inform them of the various options to keep their property.

“By physically leaving the office to visit communities far from Pontiac, the Treasurer’s Office has counseled hundreds of struggling families, collected hundreds of thousands of delinquent tax dollars, helped businesses stay open, and prevented foreclosure. This program keeps families in their homes and stabilizes neighborhoods,” said Meisner.

For more information about Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner’s programs to help taxpayers avoid foreclosure, visit www.oakgov.com/treasurer. To speak with a counselor in Treasurer Meisner’s Financial Empowerment Center or to schedule a taxpayer assistance meeting, call 248-858-0611.

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