April 26, 2011
Tax Amnesty Available Until June 30, 2011
For a 45-day period this spring, the Michigan Department
of Treasury will offer an opportunity for delinquent taxpayers to pay their
state taxes and have penalty charges waived through Tax Amnesty. Regardless of
the reason a taxpayer has fallen behind, All Excuses Welcome, through Michigan's
Tax Amnesty program.
The Department of Treasury today, kicked off the public
awareness effort for Tax Amnesty under the theme "All Excuses Welcome." The
Amnesty period runs from May 15 until June 30, 2011. Any individual or business
that has a state tax debt, or that has not filed a tax return for a qualifying
tax year, can avoid penalties and possible prosecution through Tax Amnesty.
"The process of filing for Amnesty is a relatively easy
one," said State Treasurer Andy Dillon. "Once a taxpayer determines if they have
taxes that qualify, they can download a one-page Amnesty application from our
Web site, fill in the appropriate information, and send it in to the department,
with full payment of the tax and interest due."
The Tax Amnesty site, located at
www.mitaxamnesty.org, includes an
interest calculator to help taxpayers determine the interest due as well as the
penalties that have been avoided. A list of frequently asked questions is also
available, as well as Webcasts that provide a program overview and assistance in
filling out the Amnesty application.
"Treasury staff, from several bureaus and work areas, has
spent the last several months developing forms and instructions, Web sites, and
aligning IT systems for the Amnesty program," said Chief Deputy Treasurer Donna
Donovan. "It has been a tight timeframe but through our staff's efforts and with
excellent cooperation from the Department of Technology, Management and Budget,
we are ready to begin accepting Tax Amnesty applications."
For more information on Michigan's Tax Amnesty program,