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Michiganders unemployed due to COVID-19 eligible for collections assistance

LANSING — With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the state’s workforce, the Michigan Department of Treasury is offering collections assistance to newly unemployed Michiganders currently paying on pastdue state tax debts or other state debts. Effective immediately, individuals who have been laid off or had their place of employment closed due to COVID-19 should reach out to see what options are available. To receive assistance, individuals are encouraged to contact Treasury’s Collections Service Center at 517- 636-5265.

To learn more about Michigan’s taxes and the collections process, go to www.michigan.gov/taxes or follow the state Treasury Department on Twitter at @ MITreasury.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/ Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. G.G.

Gov. Whitmer signs executive order temporarily suspending evictions

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed Executive Order 2020-19, which allows tenants and mobile homeowners to remain in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic even if they are unable to stay current on their rent.

The order also relieves courts from certain statutory restrictions to enable them to stay eviction-related proceedings until after the COVID-19 emergency has passed. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until April 17 at 11:59 p.m.

“Families across the state are facing a number of uncertainties, from concerns about their health and well-being and that of their loved ones to when their next paycheck will arrive. Worrying about whether they’ll be evicted from their home, apartment or mobile home should not be on this list,” Governor Whitmer said. “This executive order will ease a burden on families struggling to make ends meet and allow them to focus on what’s most important — staying safe and healthy.” — G.G.

Congressman Kildee highlights new July 15 extension for filing income taxes

FLINT — Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Ways and Means Committee, announced that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the deadline for all individuals and businesses to file and pay their income taxes until July 15, 2020. This announcement comes after Congressman Kildee and others requested that the IRS extend this year’s tax season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“As Americans face uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic, this is welcome relief for taxpayers. Ensuring that individuals and businesses have extra time to file and pay their income taxes will help families during this difficult time. Michiganders should review their own tax statements, many people are entitled to still receive refunds which could help with cash in a time of need,” Congressman Kildee said

Earlier this week, the IRS announced that Americans owing up to $1 million in federal income tax and businesses owing up to $10 million in federal income tax would have until July 15, to make their tax payments without penalty or interest. The announcement ensures the filing deadline is also extended.. — G.G.