Whitmer Signs Executive Order Extending Tax Foreclosure Deadline

Due to the coronavirus, the deadline will be May 29.

WWJ News
March 18, 2020 - 4:24 pm

(WWJ) -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed an executive order extending the deadline for Michigan residents to pay back taxes and avoid foreclosureg the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, hours after health officials announced the first death of a patient with the virus in Michigan.

Whitmer's latest executive order, which takes effect immediately, will move the tax foreclosure deadline from March 31, 2020, to May 29, 2020, or 30 days after the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-4 is terminated, whichever comes first. 

"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,” 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."

Speaking at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Whitmer said the latest measure is an effort to help mitigate the impact the virus has on the state's economy.

Earlier in the day, officials announced there have been 80 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. Chief Deputy Director for Health and Human Services Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun announced at the press conference that health officials confirmed at least 30 new cases of COVID-19 in Michigan Wednesday afternoon. 

"We want all Michiganders to focus on staying healthy and making smart choices to help avoid the spread of COVID-19," said Jeff Donofrio, director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. "The last thing families and seniors should have to worry about during this global health pandemic is losing their home, which is why this commonsense executive order will give homeowners some peace of mind."

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Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. 

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