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Wayne County tax foreclosures have been postponed for occupied properties until March 31, 2022

On May 7, 2021, Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny signed an order extending the redemption date for all occupied properties until March 2022 for all forfeited 2018 and prior years' taxes due. We encourage you to continue to make your payments on a regular basis. The foreclosure date has been moved until March 2022, but all interest, penalties and fees will continue to accrue until the taxes are paid in full. To be compliant with the Michigan law, the last day to pay your forfeited taxes or enter into a payment plan at the Wayne County Treasurer's Office will be March 31st. The Wayne County Treasurer's Office can no longer extend the property tax redemption period. Please make sure all forfeited taxes are paid in full or enter into a payment agreement by March 31, 2022, to avoid foreclosure.

Because of this requirement, our office will begin offering the payment plans for 2019 and prior years' delinquent taxes in July 2021 instead of October as we have in the past.

If you have questions or require assistance, you can contact our office via phone at 313-224-5990, or via email at taxinfo@waynecounty.com. If your wait time on the phone is long or you get a recorded message, please send an email to taxinfo@waynecounty.com. Please describe your tax issue or request a call back and one of our call center specialists will get back to you within 48 hours.



Hardship Policy

To address the increasing financial distress experienced by many Wayne County taxpayers during the COVID -19 pandemic, the Wayne County Treasurer's Office (WCTO) Financial Hardship Policy now includes certain occupied Commercial and Residential Rental properties to allow for an extended payment period through 2023.

Property owners with delinquent taxes may review the following hardship policy or apply for a payment plan. Please email completed applications and any questions to wctopaymentplans@waynecounty.com.

Hardship Policy

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Commercial Properties Application Residential Rental Properties Application


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Remote Payment Options

The Wayne County Treasurer's Office offers many remote payment options for your property taxes. Paying online is easy and convenient.

You can pay online by visiting the Wayne County Treasurer's Office website at the following link.

Pay Taxes Online

You can pay by mail by sending a check to Wayne County Treasurer P.O. Box 554889 Detroit, MI 48232-5555

You can also download the Wayne County Mobile App from the Google Play store or the Apple App Store and pay with your smart phone.

You can pay at one of the many kiosks located throughout metro Detroit. Go to www.wctkiosk.com for a list of locations.

If you must visit our office in person, you must make an appointment by going to treasurer.waynecounty.com. It only takes a few minutes. Masks/facial coverings are required and social distancing rules are observed. Your health and safety is very important to us.

For more information, visit our Tax Payment options page.
Tax Payment Options


The Wayne County Treasurer's Office is open to the public by appointment only for the following transactions:

  • "Pay As You Stay" transactions

  • Payment Plans

  • Deed Certifications

  • Required in person cash transactions*

*Taxpayers not requiring assistance are encouraged to make payments online, via mobile app, by phone or at a kiosk. See our Tax Payment Options page.

Appointments can be made now at the link below:

Make an Appointment

You will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.


The Wayne County Treasurer's Office is committed to excellent customer service. We are here to serve taxpayers with respect, efficiency, and professionalism. We want you to have a positive experience as you conduct your business with the Wayne County Treasurer's Office.

ERIC R. SABREE
Wayne County Treasurer


Payment Plans

The Wayne County Treasurer's Office offers various plans to assist distressed taxpayers with paying delinquent taxes.

The Stipulated Payment Agreement (REGSPA) and the Pay As You Stay Payment Agreement (PAYSPA) are available online for eligible taxpayers. IRSPA Payment plan agreements will have to be made through the mail or email until further notice.

Click here to see if you are eligible and to apply

Payment plan requests can also be sent by mail or email (wctopaymentplans@waynecounty.com). Include your name, email address, phone number, and the property address and parcel number that you are concerned about.

Payment plan agreement requests can be mailed to:

Wayne County Treasurer's Office
400 Monroe Street
5th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226


Payment Plan Information


Pay As You Stay (PAYS) may reduce the amount of delinquent taxes owed for lower income homeowners who qualify for their city's, township's, or village's Poverty Tax Exemption (PTE).

The following Wayne County communities are participating in PAYS:
Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, Ecorse, Grosse Pointe City, Grosse Pointe Farms, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Plymouth City, Redford Twp., Rockwood, Romulus, Sumpter Twp., Taylor, Trenton, Van Buren Twp., and Westland.

The following Wayne County communities chose to opt-out of PAYS:
Allen Park, Belleville, Brownstown Twp., Canton Twp., Flat Rock, Garden City, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Twp., Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods, Huron Twp., Inkster, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Melvindale, Northville City, Northville Twp., Plymouth Twp., River Rouge, Riverview, Southgate, Wayne, Woodhaven, Wyandotte, and the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.

If you are interested in applying for PAYS, and live in a participating community, contact your local municipality to apply for a PTE.


Important Notice for Taxpayers Approved for a Poverty Tax Exemption

Please be advised that if you have already been approved for a Property Tax Exemption from your local Board of Review, your property will be removed from the foreclosure process in 2021. This applies to all Wayne County taxpayers even if a community does not participate in the PAYS agreement.

Taxpayers who have been approved for a Property Tax Exemption in 2020 or 2021 and are qualified for the PAYS tax reduction but have not yet entered into the agreement are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. If you need financial assistance in making your payments you may be eligible for help through the Detroit Tax Relief Fund. Please call (313) 244-0274, or go to https://waynemetro.tfaforms.net/4849141 for more information and to complete an application for assistance.


Taxpayer Doesn't Own Parcel

If you received a notice for a parcel you don't own, fill out the form below and email a signed copy to taxinfo@waynecounty.com.

Taxpayer Doesn't Own Parcel


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MAJOR ACTIVITIES AND DESCRIPTIONS

  • ADMINISTRATION - Provide overall department management and direction.

  • COUNTY FUNDS - Manage and operate automated Cash and Investment Concentration Programs [CICP] providing daily cash tracking and reconciliations, reporting account funds, Investment Management System, and Interest Allocation.

  • INVESTMENTS - Invests all County funds in order to maximize yield, while judiciously protecting the safety and security of those funds.

  • TRUST FUNDS - Custodian of funds held in trust.

  • PROPERTY TAXES - Enforces general property tax laws and collects delinquent taxes on all Real and Personal Property within the County. For further information, please contact 313-224-5990.

  • CERTIFICATION - Certifies tax searches, deeds, plats and other instruments of title.

  • DELINQUENT TAX FUNDS
  • FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT CENTER - The Detroit Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) offers professional, one-on-one financial counseling as a free public service to enable residents to address their financial challenges, needs, and plan for their futures.

The Wayne County Treasurer, under the authority of the State of Michigan, participates in the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund Program, which is an alternate method of collecting delinquent property taxes. All communities and school districts participate under the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund program. Under the Michigan Public Act 246 of 2003, the City of Detroit began participating with tax year 2003. The program has proven beneficial to all participants.

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