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Amnesty program seeks payment of delinquent taxes

DETROIT — Mayor Dave Bing recently announced that individuals or companies that owe income taxes to the city of Detroit can pay their back taxes without penalty from Jan. 22 through Feb. 16 under a tax amnesty program.

Anyone who has not filed an income tax return or has an outstanding balance for tax years 2011 and prior can take part in the program, including individuals/joint income, employee withholding, corporate and partnerships.

“We are encouraging any individual or company that has failed to pay income taxes to the city of Detroit to take advantage of this program,” said Mayor Bing. “Now is the time to save money and settle your tax debt with the city.”

City officials expect to generate $4 million through the income tax amnesty program, which is part of the mayor’s strategy to generate an additional $50 million in 2013.

The mayor’s revenue enhancement initiatives include collecting unpaid fees for airport services, solid waste services and business licenses; collecting delinquent personal property taxes (on business equipment) and parking fines; and selling unused property and abandoned vehicles.

For more information and to obtain tax forms, go to www.detroitmi.gov/incometax

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