What should I do if I cannot pay my debt in full?

Making payments BEFORE a "Bill for Taxes Due" is issued:

If you have not received a "Bill for Taxes Due" (Form 168, Intent to Assess) or "Final Bill for Taxes Due" (Form 169, Final Assessment) from the Office of Collections, you will not be eligible for consideration of an installment agreement/payment plan.

You may submit payments prior to receiving your "Bill for Taxes Due". Submit any late or partial payments by check or money order to:

Michigan Department of Treasury 
P.O. Box 30774
Lansing, MI 48909.

Be sure to include your social security number and tax year on the check or money order.

Payments can be made prior to receiving a Notice of Intent/Final Bill for Taxes Due by using the Michigan Individual Income Tax e-Payments system.

Any payment(s) received after April 15th will be considered late and subject to penalty and interest charges.

Making payments AFTER a "Bill for Taxes Due" is issued:

After you receive a "Bill for Taxes Due" (Form 168, Intent to Assess) or "Final Bill for Taxes Due" (Form 169, Final Assessment) the Michigan Department of Treasury may consider an installment agreement if your situation meets certain criteria.

Applying for an Installment Agreement 

For installment agreements for 24 months or less, the taxpayer must sign and return the installment agreement (Form 990). The agreement requires a proposed payment amount that will be reviewed for approval by the Michigan Department of Treasury. All highlighted areas of the form are required and must be filled in completely before your request for an installment agreement will be considered for approval. Failure to complete the required areas will result in a delay of processing and expose the taxpayer to continued collection efforts.

For installment agreements longer than 24 months, the taxpayer must complete a Collection Information Statement, listing their income, expenses, assets and liabilities. Contact the Office of Collections to request the form and additional information.

Mail to:
        Michigan Department of Treasury
        Office of Collections
        P.O. Box 30199
        Lansing, MI 48909
        Phone: (517) 636-5265

Installment agreements are subject to review and approval. Upon approval you will receive a confirmation letter indicating your monthly payment amount, the due date as well as pre-identified payment coupons to use for directing payments to the Office of Collections. Payments must be made as proposed during the time that your installment agreement request is under review.

If your installment agreement is denied, you will receive instructions from the Office of Collections on how to proceed.

Note: The Office of Collections files liens on real and personal property to protect the State's interest as a creditor. Liens will be filed even when a taxpayer has made payment arrangements and is current with all payments.

Caution!
It is important that the tax liability is resolved as quickly as possible before filing a lien becomes necessary.

A tax lien:

  • will have a negative effect on your credit rating and in most cases, property (e.g. house, car) cannot be sold or transferred until the past-due tax is paid.
  • is filed at a county Register of Deeds becomes a public record.
  • filed against an individual or business obtained by a credit reporting agency will remain part of their credit history for the next seven to ten years.

Payments will be applied to the taxpayer's liability at the discretion of the Michigan Department of Treasury.

There are fast and convenient ways to make your payment on our e-Service site.  You can make a payment from your checking/savings or by debit/credit card by clicking on the e-Service button above. Have your financial institution's nine-digit routing number and your checking or savings account number, or your credit/debit card available.