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With the implementation of the East Lansing income tax occurring at the same time as the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult to engage in any activity other than processing tax returns. For both 2019 and 2020, the due date for filing returns was extended. This materially delayed the time needed to finalize the processing of all returns. Since the deadline for 2021 returns was not extended, the City now has the time available to conduct this review.
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For fairness and consistency within the community, it is important that all residents pay and file all required income tax returns with the City of East Lansing. In an attempt to ensure this is occurring, the City is performing a review to determine that all residents have filed tax returns for 2019. Since this is the first year conducting this review, there will be many taxpayers contacted. This may result in residents finding they have not filed income tax returns for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Any resident who filed a 2019 State of Michigan tax return using an address located within the City of East Lansing will be reviewed to determine if they have filed an East Lansing income tax return. If no return is found, the City of East Lansing’s Income Tax Office will be sending letters to these individuals asking for their tax return and noting an estimated tax due. The impacted residents will have 21 days to respond to the letter. These letters will be distributed from September to December of this year.
For those receiving a letter, please be aware of the following:
If the City does not receive a response within the 21 days, the impacted resident will be assessed based on the income information provided by the State of Michigan.
The mailing address for all tax returns and corresponding information is:
East Lansing Income Tax DepartmentP.O. Box 526Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
If needed, the City will work with taxpayers to establish a payment plan, if they owe for 2019 or any other year. If you need help with paying the balance due, please send an e-mail to email@example.com requesting that someone contact you about payment arrangements.
For non-residents working within the City, their employers are required to withhold East Lansing income taxes from their wages. This means that they have paid their tax liability whether or not they actually file a return. For non-residents earning income other than wages, the City has already and will continue to perform compliance activities to find non-filers.
Moving forward, the City will be conducting a similar review each year, but the number of residents contacted should decrease from those contacted during this initial process.
Community members with questions or who need assistance can contact the East Lansing Income Tax Office at (517) 319-6862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.