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IMPORTANT - The Payroll Office has suspended all in-person service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the Payroll Office by phone - (517) 355-5010 or email - for assistance.

City of East Lansing Reminders for Local Income Tax Payers

As noted in East Lansing’s 1/22/21 press release, the following forms will be required for non-residents requesting a refund in their 2020 tax filing:

  • Form CF-COV or EL-COV to determine the allocation of time spent outside of the city. The form may be found in most tax software or at City of East Lansing Allocation Form
  • A letter from your employer verifying the information on your return. Please see the ‘Manager’s City Tax Certification’ form and instructions on the Controller’s website at City Tax Certification
  • If you would prefer to report the total number of work days spent working outside of the city, please see the instructions for Calculating City Work Days

Please note that HR and Payroll cannot assist you with completing any of these forms. If you have any questions please contact the East Lansing City Tax office at City of East Lansing Income Tax

Tax Rates

The new 2019 IRS tax rates have been loaded into MSU’s Payroll system. For monthly employees, the changes will be effective beginning with their February 28th pay and bi-weekly employees effective with their March 2nd pay. In addition, the 2019 payroll calculator on the Controller’s website has been updated with the new tax rates. The 2019 tax rates reflect changes made by the tax reform legislation enacted in December 2018.

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