The State of Michigan has changed a long standing collection issue. Recently the State of Michigan passed and signed into state law, Senate bill 100. Under prior law, when you had an outstanding debt with the State and did not contest your bill prior to it being assessed; The only way to argue the assessment was to first pay the bill, including penalties and interest. Once you paid, you could then argue / protest the underlying tax. This prepayment requirement was often a very harsh penalty in and of itself.
Thanks to Senate bill 100, much of that has changed. Now, if you are a resident of the State of Michigan, you no longer have to pay the debt in order to argue or protest the underlying tax assessed. This is a rather large procedural change, and opens the door to a more fair and equitable dispute system. Watch for more posts regarding tax collection issues for the State of Michigan. For more information about this bill click here. If you are a tax nerd, you may also want to check out the actual bill, by clicking here.