Hearing Scheduled in Michigan Senate Finance Committee on "Pay-to-Play" Requirement to Use Court of Claims

March 1, 2015

Senate Bill 100 (Brandenburg) would eliminate Michigan’s unfair requirement that taxpayers must pre-pay disputed state tax assessments if they want to access the Michigan Court of Claims to protest their assessments. Passage of this tax reform is a priority for the Michigan Chamber. If an auditor happens to issue a wildly inflated assessment, why should taxpayers have to pay the disputed portion just to have their first day in a court? Furthermore, Chamber members report that it is increasingly difficult to get refunds owed to them if they prevail in court, because the state endlessly litigates. Taxpayers should not be treated as the State’s piggybank. Read more about this issue here.  

For more information, contact Tricia Kinley at (517) 371-7669 or tkinley@michamber.com.