Tax amnesty program begins in Detroit Tuesday

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The city of Detroit wants people to pay up!

Beginning Tuesday, individuals or companies that owe income taxes to the city can pay without a penalty.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced the details of the "Help Yourself, Help Detroit" program last week.

Individuals will be able to take advantage of the tax amnesty program without penalty through Feb. 16.

Anyone who has not filed income tax returns or has an outstanding balance from tax years 2011 and prior is eligible.

The city expects to generate $4 million.

Under Detroit's tax code, all residents who earn more than $600 in a calendar year are required to pay income taxes regardless of where they work.

People who spend any time working in Detroit, and earn more than $600 in a calendar year, must also pay income taxes to the city.

For more information and to obtain tax forms, go to .

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