Michigan Treasury Offers Tax Relief for Counties Hit by Severe May 7 Storms

The Michigan Department of Treasury announced on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, that individuals and businesses affected by severe weather that occurred on May 7 have the opportunity to obtain tax relief. After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Branch, and Cass counties, the treasury department stated that residents in these areas can request additional time to file state tax returns and pay state tax bills without penalties and interest.

“Families and businesses in southwest Michigan need relief to recover from the severe storms and tornadoes,” Michigan State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “Impacted individuals should not have to worry about paying a state tax bill or filing a state return – they need to focus on their recovery. If taxpayers need more time to file and pay because of the emergency, there will not be any late penalties or interest. We will get through this challenge together.”

Individuals who are unable to meet filing or payment deadlines can contact the treasury at 517-636-4486, while businesses are asked to call 517-636-6925. Taxpayers may also write to the treasury to request emergency-related tax relief and should include their name, account number, reason for the relief request, and address within the emergency area or the address of the tax preparer located in the emergency area. Letters can be mailed to:

Michigan Department of Treasury
Attn: Emergency Tax Relief
Lansing, Michigan 48922

Taxpayers who receive a preliminary assessment notice before a tax relief request is received by the treasury should contact the department by phone.