Treasurer’s Office and Taxes
The Treasurer’s Office
The Township Treasurer is an elected member of the Littlefield Township Board. The Treasurer attends the Township Board Meetings and has a vote on all proposals that come before the Board. The Treasurer is required to appoint a Deputy Treasurer.
The statutory duties of the Treasurer include collecting the real and personal property taxes and all other miscellaneous revenue due to the Township. The Treasurer is responsible for the disbursement of funds and the investing of surplus funds in approved investment vehicles. It is the duty of the Treasurer to protect the monetary assets of the taxpayers of Littlefield Township.
General Property Tax Information
Summer tax bills are mailed by July 1st and are due by September 14th of every year. Winter tax bills are mailed by December 1st and are due by February 14th of the following year. After the due date of each season’s taxes, 1% interest begins to accrue monthly. On February 15th, a 3% penalty fee is added. If any of the above dates fall on a weekend or a holiday, taxes are sent or due the next day.
After February 28th, all unpaid taxes are sent to the Emmet County Treasurer as delinquent. At that point, taxes are due and payable to the County only, not at the Township offices. The County will mail statements with their fees included.
- Tax Bills: Sent only to the property owner or representative.
- Escrowed Taxes: If your taxes are escrowed, a copy of this bill has been sent to your escrow/mortgage company. Since YOU are responsible for the payment of this tax bill it would be advised you send a copy of this tax bill with your next mortgage payment or verify that your taxes have been paid by or before the due date. Please call if you have questions.
- Partial Payments: It is the policy of the current Treasurer to accept partial payments. You may start making payments upon receipt of your tax bill. Please include contact information along with your payment so the Treasurer can quickly contact you in the event of a problem.
- Postmark Accepted for Payments: If the envelope containing your payment is postmarked by or on the due date, the current Treasurer has chosen to accept this postmark as the paid date. When these taxes arrive after the due date they will not be deemed delinquent and will not be charged interest. (Please make sure your envelope has a legible postmark on it.) If the envelope is postmarked after the due date, interest must be charged (by law) and can not be waived. No exceptions will be made.
- Processing Time: Payments are usually processed in one or two days. However, we experience a tremendous increase in payment volume in the two weeks prior to the due date. So, processing may take a week or more after the payment arrives. Therefore, it is a very good idea to mail your payment in well before the due date. Additionally, it is a good idea to include contact information with your payment so you may be contacted in case there is an error.
- Receipts: If you would like a paper receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Receipts can also be e-mailed or faxed. (Please supply appropriate information.)
- Name Changes: Are only done at the Emmet County Equalization Department (231-348-1708).
- Address Changes: There will be no address changes for differences in Summer/Winter residences. Your primary residence address will only be used.
Deferment of Summer Taxes
By law, interest will generally be assessed on taxes not paid by the due date. However, payment of summer taxes may be deferred without penalty or interest until the day winter taxes are due in February for the principal residence of any taxpayer who meets the following:
- Gross household income for the previous calendar year did not exceed $40,000.00 and
- Senior Citizen 62 years or older. OR
- Paraplegic, hemiplegic, or quadriplegic. OR
- Eligible Serviceperson, Eligible Veteran, Eligible Widow or Widower. OR
- Blind Person. OR
- Totally and Permanently Disabled.
Applications for Deferment are available below and must be returned to the Treasurers Office by Sept. 15th.
P.O. Box 188
Alanson, MI 49706
P.O. Box 188
Alanson, MI 49706