Gov. Whitmer Signs Executive Order Extending Tax Filing Deadline

Photo credit Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (Photo: State of Michigan)
By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) The state is now following the federal government in postponing this year's tax deadline.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed an Executive Order that pushes all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines in Michigan to July 2020.

State of Michigan, city of Detroit and other city income tax returns and payments due on April 15 are now due before midnight on July 15.

“Michiganders shouldn’t have to worry about filing their income taxes in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Gov. Whitmer, in a statement.  “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.”

Cities with income taxes due on April 30, meanwhile, will now be due on July 31.

“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 to learn about available options for e-filing for free or for a fee. Last year, more than 4.3 million Michigan taxpayers e-filed, which is 80% of state income tax filers.

The federal tax deadline is now July 15.