Income Tax

The City of East Lansing's income tax will take effect on January 1, 2019. The tax will expire after 12 years and revenue from the tax will be dedicated for specific purposes: 20% for police and fire protection, 20% for infrastructure and 60% for supplemental payments for unfunded pension liabilities. Residents (working in East Lansing or another community) will pay a 1% tax and non-residents working in East Lansing will pay a 0.5% tax. 


The City of East Lansing has released the Employer Withholding Forms & Instruction Guides. A letter has also been sent to East Lansing employers on record and can be viewed here. Prior to January 1, 2019, employers need to complete the EL-SS-4 Employer's Withholding Registration Form (PDF) and distribute and collect completed EL-W-4 Employees Withholding Certificate (PDF) from all employees. The City encourages regional employers to voluntary withhold for East Lansing residents.


The City of East Lansing has created Income Tax Boundary Maps, which show the area where the income tax will be assessed. 


There will be a series of income tax meetings in November 2018 to provide information and answer questions from employers and community members regarding the implementation of the income tax. Meeting dates are listed below. All of the meetings will take place at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13; 2-4 p.m. (a meeting for employers)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (a meeting for residents/employees)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28; 6-8 p.m. (a meeting for residents/employees)
  • Monday, Dec. 3; 1-3 p.m. (corporations/partnerships/trusts)