Treasury: Prepare today for the 2019 filing season

LANSING — With the state of Michigan’s individual income tax season beginning in late January 2019, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking taxpayers to take a couple of actions today to ensure returns are processed promptly.

Taxpayers are encouraged to begin gathering tax-related documents and updating their home addresses with current and previous employers so W-2s and other financial documents can be mailed to the correct address. Incorrect addresses typically lead to information being mailed to the wrong location and could cause delays when filing tax returns.

“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.”

Other notable items for Michigan’s 2019 filing season (2018 tax year):

• 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; and

• 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.

Information about new developments for the 2018 tax year is available on the state Treasury Department’s website.

To learn the latest about state of Michigan taxes, go to www.michigan.gov/taxes or follow the state Treasury Department on Twitter at @MITreasury. Federal tax information is available at www.irs.gov.

Leave a Reply