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Published 4/30/2020
5:17pm

State Treasury Serving Taxpayers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Self-Service Options Available 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week

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The Michigan Department of Treasury continues to serve Michigan taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, taxpayers can file tax returns, receive refunds, make payments and ask questions through a variety of options. In addition, the state Treasury Department’s self-service online platforms are fully operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


“Through these uncertain times, the Michigan Department of Treasury is ready to assist and serve taxpayers,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “Please reach out to us if you need assistance.”

Individual Income Taxes 
Although both federal and state income tax returns and payments are not due until July, taxpayers are encouraged to file when they are able, as state Treasury Department is continuously accepting and processing returns. Taxpayers who are owed a refund should file their returns immediately in order to receive that payment.

Choosing electronic filing and direct deposit is convenient, safe and secure. Last year, more than 4.3 million Michigan taxpayers e-filed, which is 80% of state income tax filers. More information about e-filing is available at michigan.gov/mifastfile.

Online services – including the ability to check the status of a refund and ask questions – are available through the Treasury Self-Service website.

Business Taxes
Certain business taxpayers scheduled to make sales, use and withholding tax payments for March and April or for the first quarter of 2020 can postpone filing and payment requirements until May 20, 2020. The state Treasury Department will waive all penalties and interest.

Business taxpayers are encouraged to file sales, use and withholding tax returns and pay taxes owed as of the original due date if able to do so.

Businesses with questions about their taxes should inquire through self-service options using Michigan Treasury Online.

Operational Call Centers
The vast majority of state Treasury Department call centers are operational and providing assistance during normal business hours, including:

Local Government – Essential Service Assessments
Local Government – Principle Residence Exemption
Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning – Michigan Education Trust
Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning – Student Scholarships and Grants
Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning – Student Loan Programs
Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning – Michigan Guaranty Agency
Collections – Collections Information Services Unit (CISU)
Collections – Interface​
Tax Compliance Bureau – Discovery and Tax Enforcement
Special Taxes – Tobacco
Special Taxes – Miscellaneous Tax
Special Taxes – International Fuel Tax Agreement
Special Taxes​ – Motor Fuel
City Taxes​

Updated information regarding COVID-19 impacts on taxpayers and services can be found on the state Treasury Department’s website.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. 

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Update 4/26/2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is now a Saturday Night Live character, after a skit aired on April 25th depicting Michigan's leader delivering a satirical message to the state's residents about staying safe during the state's Coronavirus lockdown.

The body of a six-year-old was found on Friday April 24th in the Huron River.  The boy, along with his father, disappeared during a fishing trip on March 29th.

A man was rescued after his kayak capsized in West Michigan.  It happened Saturday morning, April 25th, at Fennessy Lake, in West Michigan.  The 42 year old man was treated for hypothermia.

SEIU Healthcare Michigan President Andrea Acevedo says she is concerned some nursing homes in Michigan are choosing not to report COVID-19 deaths to employees and the public putting more lives in danger.  The union represents more than 5,000 nursing home workers.

A Grand Haven church is among others in the state to offer a drive-in service as Michigan's stay-at-home order remains in place.  Trinity Reformed Church invited drivers to park in the church's lot on Sunday morning at 10am but required attendees to keep windows up and continue to social distance.

A Republican Michigan lawmaker is apologizing after wearing a face mask in session in Lansing on Friday, April 24th that resembled the Confederate flag.  State Senator Dale Zorn said the mask's design was not a Confederate flag but apologized for his choice of pattern.

Mid-Michigan TV stations will host a town hall with Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday April 30th.  The event will originate at the ABC 12 studios in Flint and will be carried on that station, along with WNEM-TV 5, NBC 25 and FOX 66, from 7 to 8pm.

A person suspected of breaking into vehicles in Gaylord over the weekend has been arrested. Authorities say there may be more victims than those currently known.