LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday moving the city and state income tax filing deadlines to July 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective immediately, state of Michigan and city of Detroit income tax returns and payments will now be due before midnight on July 15. Other state of Michigan cities with income taxes will normally due on April 15 also be due on July 15, while cities with income taxes due before April 30 will now be due July 31.
“Michiganders shouldn’t have to worry about filing their income taxes in the midst of a global pandemic,” Whitmer said. “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.”
This comes after the IRS changed its deadline to July 15 to provide tax assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“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.”
State and Detroit tax returns can be filed online or mailed through the USPS. Returns received after the July 15 deadline may face penalties.
“Keeping Detroiters safe and providing peace of mind is our top concern during this time,” said Dave Massaron, Detroit’s Chief Financial Officer. “We fully support this extension for the Detroit City income tax filing deadline and thank the Michigan Department of Treasury for implementing this change.”
Taxpayers can go to www.mifastfile.org to learn about available options for e-filing for free or for a fee.