The Tax Division for the City of Niles is open from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 am to 11:30 am on Fridays. The Tax Division is located at 333 N. Second Street on the first floor of Niles City Hall. All property taxes that are paid in person, must be paid at this location. If mailing your taxes, please address them to: City of Niles, Tax Dept. P.O. Box 217.
The tax division is part of the Finance Department and can be reached at ext. 2040. The division handles only taxes for properties within the city limits of Niles. As you may know, there are two property tax bills generated each year. Summer taxes are billed July 1st and due by mid-September. Winter taxes are billed December 1st and due by mid-February. Payments made after the due date have a 4% late fee added.
Both tax bills cover the calendar year -- January through December. The summer tax covers City, Dial a Ride (DART), State Education, Lake Michigan College, Intermediate Schools and special assessments. The winter tax is for County, Schools, Ambulance (SMCAS), District Library and may also include special assessments.
Seniors Summer Deferments - Seniors who meet the qualifications, can defer payment of summer taxes, without penalty, until mid-February by filing the deferment form with the tax division. To qualify seniors must own and occupy their home, income must be under $40,000, they must be at least 62 years of age and either paraplegic, quadriplegic, eligible serviceperson, eligible veteran, eligible widow or widower, blind or permanently disabled.
Seniors Winter Deferments - Seniors must file a 1040 Credit form with the State of Michigan and qualify for a refund. A copy of the completed form must be brought to the tax office before mid-February. After March 1st, taxes must be paid to the Berrien County Treasurer in St. Joseph.
The tax division also collects all other revenues for the City of Niles. Payments to the tax division can be by check or cash. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Tax Dept. at ext. 2040.