The Michigan Treasury is warning individuals about fraudulent letters sent to taxpayers. The letters claim there is an outstanding balance on state taxes and that the payment is overdue. The correspondence directs the individual to contact a toll free number and call immediately to resolve the debt. It threatens that if the debts are not paid, the government will seize property and real estate, garnish wages and other false claims. The fraudulent letter is made to appear credible with personal information.
It is important to remember that the Michigan Treasury corresponds with taxpayers through official letters that use state of Michigan letterhead that include both the names of the governor and state treasurer. These official letters are sent through the U.S. Postal Service and a variety of options are given to resolve an outstanding debt, while also outlining taxpayer rights. Taxpayers who receive a fraudulent letter or have questions about their owed state taxes should call the Treasury’s Collections Service Center at (517) 636-5265.