In brief

Treasury: Business taxpayers have easier option for filing sales

LANSING — Michigan’s business taxpayers now have an easier option for filling their Sales, Use and Withholding (SUW) Annual Tax Return, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).

Beginning this month, business taxpayers with less than $10 million in gross receipts and no allowable deductions or exemptions can file the new SUW Tax EZ Annual Return (Form 5081 EZ). This form is available exclusively through Michigan Treasury Online and requires less taxpayer information compared to the standard SUW Annual Return. To use the new SUW EZ Form, go to and create a Michigan Treasury Online account. No personally identifiable or sensitive information will be required. Business taxpayers will need their Treasury business account number and sales, rental and payroll records for the tax year to use the new SUW Tax EZ Return.

All business taxpayers are required to submit their SUW Tax Annual Returns by Feb. 28. For more information about Michigan’s business taxes, go to taxes or follow the state Treasury Department on Twitter at @MITreasury. — G.G.

MotorCities accepting applications for Phase Two 2020 Challenge Grants

STATEWIDE —The MotorCities National Heritage Area, a non-profit organization dedicated to the historic preservation of the automotive industry, has begun accepting applications for phase two of its 2020 Challenge Grant program.

Challenge Grants are awarded up to $25,000, and funds must be matched by a combination of cash, in-kind, donated goods and documented volunteer services. Since education is the focus of our programs in 2020, applications focusing on education will receive special consideration.

Challenge grant applications must be received by March 13, at 11:59 p.m.

MotorCities deploys programming which preserves and promotes the automotive and labor heritage of the 10,000-square mile National Heritage Area, focusing on three areas: Revitalization; Education & Interpretation; and Heritage Tourism.

Details: Visit G.G.

Hourly wage increase benefits many Michigan agricultural workers

LANSING —The hourly wage for Michigan’s temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign agricultural workers increased from $13.54 to $14.40 per hour as of Jan. 2. Positions paying this wage offer great opportunities for workers to earn above the state’s minimum wage rate of $9.65 per hour.

The 86-cent hourly increase was the result of the revised Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) established by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. The AEWR is the hourly wage rate paid to temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) who perform agricultural labor or services, excluding the herding or production of livestock on the range. U.S. workers are also entitled to this wage if they are hired to work with an agricultural employer under an H-2A employment contract. AEWRs are established for each state annually so the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers in the state will not be adversely affected by the employment of H-2A workers.

Details: Call 800-285-WORKS (9675) or visit — G.G.