Ugh. Is it tax time already?

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How long do I have to file my taxes and when do I need to file by?

As soon as the new year hits, the countdown is on. Tax season started on January 24th this year. By the end of January, employers were required to send you your W-2s.

To ensure you have it in time, the IRS requires your employer to send you a W-2 no later than January 31st following the close of the tax year. Generally, this means W-2s are mailed by January 31st, but not necessarily received by employees by this date. (TurboTax)

You're going to have your hands full with both Federal and State taxes. They change the tax laws and (child care) credits so much, you might be considering letting someone do them professionally for you.

Then again, you might be a DIY person and roll the dice with your favorite software.

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Good luck no matter how you proceed.

If you live within the city limits of good ole Lansing, don't forget to file your City Income Taxes. That's right, Lansing has a city tax.

Living (and paying taxes) For The City

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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

If you live (or work) in Lansing, chances are you're subject to Lansing City Income Taxes.

Similar to other Michigan cities, Lansing has adopted the Michigan Uniform City Income Tax Act. Employers conducting business in Lansing must withhold Lansing city income taxes for employees who work or live in the City. (

There are several areas outside the City of Lansing limits that are considered inside the City due to 425 tax share agreements.

  • General Motors Delta Township production facility (including assembly and regional stamping plants)
  • Suppliers to the General Motors Delta Township production facility located around the plant
  • Jackson National Life

How much can you look forward to paying?

For 2021 the following Michigan cities levy an income tax of 1% on residents and 0.5% on nonresidents.

Albion, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Big Rapids, East Lansing, Flint, Grayling, Hamtramck, Hudson, Ionia, Jackson, Lansing, Lapeer, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, Pontiac, Port Huron, Portland, Springfield, and Walker.

If you've got more questions, you can head to to find out more about Lansing Income Tax Information.

You can follow the links for East Lansing or Jackson as well.

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