Gov. signs order pushing back state income tax deadline

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    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed Executive Order 2020-26, which pushes back state and city income tax filings originally due in April to July.

    The extended deadline was created to help people during the pandemic caused by COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus.  

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives an update on COVID-19, March 20, 2020 | Gov. Whitmer office photo

    Effective immediately, state of Michigan and city of Detroit income tax returns and payments due on April 15 are now due before midnight on July 15. Other Michigan cities with income taxes due on April 15 will now be due on July 15, while cities with income taxes due on April 30 will now be due on July 31.

    “Michiganders shouldn’t have to worry about filing their income taxes in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Whitmer. “This executive order provides immediate income tax assistance to people as they continue to stay home and stay safe during this crisis. I will continue working around the clock to help our families and businesses get through this time.”

    The new filing and payment deadlines come after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) changed its deadline to July 15 to provide tax assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Additionally, both the beginning and end of the state of Michigan and city of Detroit income tax filing season are the same as the IRS.

    “Our priority is for you to focus on your health, safety and welfare during this emergency,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “Taxpayers now have more time to file their state and city income taxes. However, if you are entitled to a refund, please don’t wait to file your taxes so you can receive that refund.”

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    State and city of Detroit individual income tax returns can be filed online or mailed through the U.S. Postal Service. Tax returns received after the July 15 deadline may face penalties and interest.

    Taxpayers can go to www.mifastfile.org to learn about available options for e-filing for free or for a fee. 

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, the state Treasury Department’s Individual Income Tax Information Hotline is currently not available. Online services are still available through the Treasury website.

    Madeline Ciak
    Madeline Ciak covers the economy, health care and safety net, immigration and politics. She’s a University of Michigan-Flint graduate and previously worked as a digital media manager at NBC25/FOX66 in Flint and a weekend producer at ABC12. When she’s not writing or editing, she can be found reading, whipping something up in the Instant Pot, gardening or treasure hunting at thrift stores.