NEWS RELEASE: Treasury: Small Business Taxpayers Provided Tax Assistance


For Immediate Release

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Please Note: This news release is being sent in partnership
with the State of Michigan's Joint Information Center. 

March 18, 2020

Contact: Ron Leix, Treasury, 517-335-2167

Treasury: Small Business Taxpayers Provided Tax Assistance

Penalties and Interest Waived for 30 days for
Some Sales, Use and Withholding Tax Filers

LANSING, Mich. – Small businesses that have experienced disrupted operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic now have additional time to make their sales, use and withholding tax monthly payment, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Effective immediately, small businesses scheduled to make their monthly sales, use and withholding tax payments on March 20 can postpone filing and payment requirements until April 20. The state Treasury Department will waive all penalties and interest for 30 days.

“The past week has been hard for small businesses owners across the state as we work to mitigate the spread of coronavirus,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “Allowing them more time to pay their monthly tax payments will help us provide some much-needed assistance. I will continue doing everything I can to ensure our small businesses have the support they need during this time. We will get through this together.”

Specific information about Treasury providing tax assistance to small businesses due to COVID-19 can be found in SUW Penalty and Interest Waiver Notice.

“Our small businesses are important drivers of Michigan’s economy,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “This change will provide some help to businesses as they navigate their way through this state and national emergency.”

The waiver is not available for accelerated sales, use or withholding tax filers. Businesses with questions should call the Treasury Business Tax Call Center at 517-636-6925.

To learn more about Michigan’s taxes, go to or follow the state Treasury Department on Twitter at @MITreasury.

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