Wind Turbine Tax Assessment Confusion
The Michigan State Tax Commission has recommended that local authorities change the way they determine the taxable value of utility scale wind turbines for purposes of paying personal property taxes on this industrial property. However, townships in Gratiot County have continued to follow the old method in assessing wind turbine taxable value. DTE Energy has filed an appeal with the Michigan Tax Tribunal to get the issue resolved. Assessors in Huron Countyhave also opted to assessed value based upon the prior methodology. Note that wind turbines are excluded from the pending legislation (passed by the Michigan Senate) to eliminate property taxes on industrial property.