DETROIT, MI – The Michigan Department of Treasury is offering assistance to newly unemployed Michiganders. Many residents have been trying to understand about the extension to July 15th to file their federal taxes and how does that impact the date to file taxes with the State of Michigan.
The short answer currently is: Michigan has not made any official announcement concerning changing the filing date with the State. That means that your taxes must be filed as normal with the State of Michigan until an official directive is made by the treasury department. However, you can file for a six month extension.
UPDATE: On Thursday March 26th, 2020, during a virtual town hall, a Flint resident had asked whether the state would extend its April 15th income tax filing deadline, like the federal government did. “Rest assured, you’re going to have an answer by tomorrow,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.
The filing deadline for federal taxes has been extended from April 15th to July 15th due to the COVID-19 nationwide health crisis. In general terms, the State of Michigan follows the directive with the federal government but no official announcement from the treasury has been issued at this time so one must assume that the filing date has not yet officially changed.
The best advice from a tax professional was to error on the side of caution and proceed as though nothing has changed to the filing date in the State of Michigan. That means that you should still prepare to file taxes with the State on or before April 15th, 2020.