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Show Cause Information

The 2022 Show Cause Hearings will be held remotely on January 10-14, January 18-21, and January 24-28. You must schedule your appointment online at www.treasurer.waynecounty.com. The Show Cause Hearing allows you the opportunity to explain why title to the property should not transfer to the Wayne County Treasurer.

Many taxpayers end up using the Show Cause Hearings as an opportunity to get into a payment plan since they lack a valid legal reason* to prevent title to the property from transferring to the Treasurer. If you are facing foreclosure in 2022 and your tax issue does not fall into one of the categories below, you are urged to get into a payment plan as soon as possible or seek assistance and not wait until the Show Cause Hearings (see Payment Plan Information and Community Assistance below).

* Valid legal reasons to remove a property from tax foreclosure include:

(a) No law authorizes the tax.
(b) The person appointed to decide whether a tax will be levied under a law of this state acted without jurisdiction or did not impose the tax in question.
(c) The property was exempt from the tax in question, or the tax was not legally levied.
(d) The tax has been paid within the time limited by law for payment or redemption.
(e) The tax was assessed fraudulently.
(f) The description of the property used in the assessment was so indefinite or erroneous that the forfeiture was void.
(g) The owner of property subject to foreclosure is a minor heir or is incompetent.

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Payment Plan Information

Most taxpayers who are assisted at the annual Show Cause Hearings only need to enter into a payment plan. To get more information or to enter into a payment plan online, click on the "Payment Plans" Link below. For questions on how to get re-instated into a plan, email WCTOPaymentplans@waynecounty.com or call (313) 224-5990.

Payment Plans

You can also enter into a payment plan by visiting our website office. In person payment plans are available by appointment only and a mask or face covering is required to visit our office.

To make an appointment to visit our office for a payment plan or to get re-instated:

  • Click on the "Make an Appointment" link below.
  • Then click on "Let's Go" to be forwarded to the appointment page,
  • Choose Pay Property Taxes/Payment Plans as your appointment type.
  • Choose the date and time for your appointment.
  • Fill out the rest of the requested information on the form and click on the Complete Appointment button.
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Information and Documentation

You can click on the links below to view information usually available at the onsite Show Cause Hearings such as:

Community Partners Assistance - In addition to WCTO staff, we have many community partners who offer a large variety of helpful services to taxpayers, including free financial and legal counseling, Housing Assistance and Foreclosure Prevention Assistance. For a list of the contact information for many community partners who have been available to the taxpayers at the annual hearings, partners, click on the link below.

Community Partners
Yellow Bag Contents/Foreclosure Information

Yellow Bag Documents

Objection to Foreclosure
Objection to Foreclosure Form

Alternative Payments
Alternative Payments
Taxpayer Doesn't own or occupy parcel
Taxpayer Doesn't own or occupy parcel form

Show Cause Hearing Client Guide

Client Guide Form

Community Partners
List of Community Partners