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Just got my W-2 - enjoy my $1,500 for being allowed to work in your city. Now plow the f'ing streets so I don't die during my commute tomorrow.
Nah. Get tough or die!
Would you expand on this a bit, because I don't understand. Do you pay a surcharge for working in Detroit? Is it part of State taxes?
The city taxes those who work in the city. It's a bunch of BS.
There's a time and a place for everything and it's called college.
My home office is in Detroit, so as a non-resident they get 2 percent in taxes, but only for days I actually work there, which is about 40 percent of the time.
Did my 2011 taxes, and had a $40 refund coming from Detroit. Still haven't seen the check.
I thought you were in the hospital...
Interesting, I had no idea. Does that apply to all jobs, blue/white collar?
Uh, that's hardly exclusive to Detroit. A lot cities do that. Also, Wells.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
I work AND live in Detroit, so I pay a rate twice as high as you. I'm cool with state and federal taxes, because I feel I'm getting something in return. I think of my Detroit taxes as money down the toilet... A toilet that doesn't always flush because the water department often has to shut down water service to do repairs.
I view Detroit Income taxes as giving to charity.
Nah, charity helps people. This is more like giving money to a homeless guy... you hope it's gonna make a difference, but you're almost certain it's going to waste.
Lansing even does it, only its 1% for residents and 0.5% for non-residents
Don't hold your breath.
They spent it on malt liquor.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
Good luck to you. I'm in the same situation. They've owed me a refund every year since I started my job downtown (6 year's worth of tax returns, soon to be 7). Basically, my company doesn't calculate it for days I'm working in the city limits or not, but I do it myself when I file my own return. I'm only in the city working 20% of the time, so I should get back 80% of what I've paid in. I usually get about 20% back and a letter saying this is what they calculated they owe me. If I disagree, I have to take at least half a day or a full day off work to go fight it in person because no one answers the phone over there.
It's a losing battle.
You'll never get that refund and probably will never hear from them. For $40, it's not worth it. For me, they probably owe me anywhere from $400 to $600 depending upon the year we're talking about. That being said, even if I fought it, I'm not sure I'd get any money back.
And if the good Lord’s willin’,
I’m a keep on chillin’,
refillin’ and flyin’ high
Oh, also, for what it's worth, the tax rates are going down for 2013.
Last year it was 1.225% for non-residents and 2.45 for residents. 2013 is 1.2% and 2.4%, respectively
Living in Detroit shouldn't you be worried about some gang Banger popping a cap in your ass before a little snow taking your life.
Yeah, I found that out the 18 months I lived in Lansing during grad school. I didn't realize they had a city income tax until I went to file my first return while living there. I had worked in East Lansing, so I had no Lansing tax withheld. Kind of sucks writing a check I didn't expect to write as a poor college student. You can be sure I waited until the last minute to file that return
Believe it or not, there are actually some pretty decent areas to live and work within the Detroit city limits....you just never hear about them because the news only reports about the bad things happening in the neighborhoods
This joke is both original and hilarious.
Used to live in philly and work in jersey. Had to pay 2.5% to the city. Wrote it off as a fun tax. Now Detroit...
I only started in Detroit in October 2011, so if you take 60 percent of those days away, the amount is small. 2012 I was based in Detroit all year, so those dollars will be much higher with this next tax return.
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