Gov. Whitmer announces executive order extending tax foreclosure deadline

Posted at 4:14 PM, Mar 18, 2020

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order that will extend the tax foreclosure deadline amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she announced during a press conference Wednesday.

Executive Order 2020-14 extends the deadline for Michigan residents to pay back taxes and avoid foreclosure on their property during the coronavirus pandemic.

“This executive order will give families struggling to make ends meet real and immediate relief from the pressure of having their home foreclosed on while trying to focus on the health and safety of their loved ones,” Governor Whitmer said. “This order is the latest in a series of steps to protect the public, slow the spread of COVID-19 and give families comfort during these uncertain times.”

The order takes effect immediately, and moves the tax deadline from March 31 to May 29, or 30 days after the state of emergency that was declared is terminated, which ever comes first.