An administrative court that hears appeals about taxes in Michigan says it's eliminated a backlog of 40,000 cases and launched efforts to make the system more user-friendly.
The Michigan Tax Tribunal says its enhanced website now has electronic filing and case management systems, as well as an improved docket search. The technology upgrades are broader part of an effort to improve the tax assessment dispute process.
Officials say a business process review and other work allowed the Michigan Tax Tribunal to eliminate the backlog.
Before 2011, the state says the tax appeals process took 20 to 24 months. Now, officials say the process takes an average of 7 to 10 months.
Earlier this year, an idea was raised to replace the tribunal with a Michigan Tax Court.