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Treasury: 6 things to know for Michigan's 2019 filing season

Posted at 10:16 AM, Dec 14, 2018

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) — Michigan's individual income tax season begins in late January 2019, and the State Treasury Department is asking taxpayers to take a couple of steps to make sure returns are promptly processed.

Taxpayers should start collecting tax-related documents like W-2s and updating personal information such as home addresses with employers.

“State income tax filing season seems like a long time away, but it will be here before you know it,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration program. “Taxpayers who prepare today are less likely to face processing delays.”

Here are some other things to know about Michigan's 2019 filing season:

  • Beginning in January 2019, forms and instructions may be viewed and downloaded from michigan.gov/taxes . In addition, commonly used forms will continue to be available at Treasury offices, most public libraries, northern Michigan post offices and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services county offices.
  • When tax season begins in late January, taxpayers can e-file their state tax returns instead of mailing a paper return. To learn more, go to mifastfile.org.
  • Taxpayers may elect to use direct debit when e-filing their 2017 or 2018 tax returns. A direct debit is a tax payment the state Treasury Department electronically withdraws from the taxpayer’s bank account using the bank information provided on the electronically filed return.
  • State income tax filers have the option of making payments electronically using the Michigan Department of Treasury’s e-Payments system. Payments can be made by using, electronic payment (eCheck), credit card or debit card.
  • A taxpayer must file to claim a refund with the state Treasury Department within four years from the date set for filing of the original return. Individuals must file a 2014 Michigan Individual Income Tax Return to receive their refund for that tax year.
  • Taxpayers who have been recent victims of identity theft are asked to report their circumstances to the state Treasury Department . Reporting identity theft helps thwart cybercriminals who attempt to file and steal a state tax refunds. To learn more about tax-related identity theft, go to michigan.gov/identitytheft.

Click here for more information on the 2018 tax year.