If you’ve read our article discussing the tax consequences of a Florida residence change and have determined that it is in your best interest to officially change your legal residence from Michigan to Florida, there are several steps you must take to do so:
Steps to Change Residence to Florida
- File a Declaration of Domicile in the county to which you are relocating. The forms are provided by the County Clerk and often available on the respective county websites.
- Officially rescind your Michigan principal residence exemption in the county in which you formerly lived or claimed, if you had more than one Michigan property, by filing this form.
- File your tax returns as a Florida resident, but remember to file a Michigan return as a partial year resident, too, in the year in which you moved. If you continue to have earned income in Michigan, you will be required to continue filing Michigan tax returns as a non-resident.
- Register to vote in your new Florida county of residence.
While these are the necessary steps to change your legal residence to Florida, you might also consider changing your address on your passport, financial statements, and similar documents.
Keep in mind that becoming a Florida resident will cause you to lose your principal residence exemption in Michigan, even if you don’t claim a Florida homestead exemption. However, there are several advantages to claiming a Florida homestead exemption, and losing your principal residence exemption in Michigan does not mean that your Michigan property taxes will be uncapped. If you’ve decided to claim the Florida homestead exemption, there are additional steps to take, which you can read about here.
If you would like assistance with determining whether a change in residence would be beneficial, or with completing the above requirements, contact Mammel Law at 248-644-6326. We have an attorney who is licensed in both Michigan and Florida.