LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Treasury is now processing 2014 MI-1040 Individual Income Tax Returns. All forms and instructions for the 2014 tax year have been posted on Treasury’s website at www.michigan.gov/incometax.
Treasury is again encouraging taxpayers to file their Michigan tax returns electronically. E-filing is the easiest, most efficient way to file your return and receive your refund. Last year, more than 80-percent of all Michigan income tax returns were filed electronically.
Taxpayers can access information about e-file, including free e-file opportunities, by visiting www.MIfastfile.org. Free e-filing is available to thousands of taxpayers, based on adjusted gross income, age, or active military status. Other, low-cost e-file opportunities are available as well.
The Department is also reminding taxpayers to be vigilant about identify theft, as it relates to the filing of potentially fraudulent income tax returns. Last year, Treasury intercepted thousands of potentially fraudulent income tax returns, stopping approximately $100 million in potentially fraudulent refunds.
“Tax return fraud has become a serious problem, not only here in Michigan but around the country,” said State Treasurer Kevin Clinton. “Treasury staff takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that income tax returns are filed by the correct taxpayer and that any resulting refunds end up in the hands of the correct individual.”
Throughout the tax processing season, Treasury will enhance efforts to verify income tax refunds are appropriate. The increased security may require some taxpayers to provide additional information to the Department for verification. Additionally, if a taxpayer believes they may have been a target of identity theft, they should immediately contact the Department of Treasury at Treasury-ReportIDTheft@
After filing their Michigan return, taxpayers can check the status of their refund on-line, by clicking the “Check My Income Tax Info” box on www.michigan.gov/incometax. Treasury recommends allowing the department at least 14 days to receive and enter a paper income tax return, before checking on its status.