Clarification ensures tax savings in home ownership transfers between relatives
State Rep. Bradley Slagh has introduced legislation to clarify the intent of an existing state law that prevents the taxable value of a home from being uncapped when ownership is transferred between close relatives.
A recent reinterpretation of the interpretation of the 2014 law has led to instances of partial uncapping, however, when property ownership is transferred from a homeowner to a relative and their spouse, since the spouse is not an immediate relative.
“This interpretation is clearly not what the law intended when it was written,” Slagh said. “So long as a close relative is involved in the transfer, uncapping should not take place.”
Slagh said a constituent he represents brought the issue to his attention, and he’s pleased to partner with them to bring forth this common-sense solution to clarify state law.
House Bill 4572 would ensure an uncapping would not take place in the event of a transfer, so long as a blood relative is a part of the transfer. The new interpretation of the law started in 2022, so the change would be retroactive to correct uncapping incidents that happened after Dec. 30, 2021, which was the tax due date for 2022 property taxes.
The bill is expected to be referred to the Tax Policy Committee for consideration.
Rep. Slagh invites residents to join him at his upcoming morning office hours on Friday, Dec. 15 at the following times: 8 to 9 a.m. at The Farmhouse Restaurant, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hudsonville City Hall, and 11 a.m. to noon at Big Apple Bagels.
Local office hours are an opportunity for constituents to meet face-to-face with Rep. Slagh to share their thoughts, questions, and concerns. No appointments are necessary to attend.
Slagh’s bill, named the “Acceptance of Cash in Tolling Act,” would require the acceptance of cash as a form of payment for any tolling on public infrastructure owned, operated or managed by the state, state transportation department or any other state or local government entity.
“Some $3.9 billion dollars were added to the budget at the last minute without any discussion or deliberation whatsoever; this elitist spending mentality is a disservice to the people of Michigan, and it’s not the way state government is supposed to work under our representative democracy,” Slagh said.