Income Tax returns due in less than a week

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LANSING, MI – Michigan Individual Income Tax returns are due on April 18th.  The Michigan Department of Treasury encourages taxpayers to e-file when possible as that is the easiest way to receive a quick refund.  seal-of-michigan-department-of-treasury

All forms and instructions for the 2015 tax year are available at www.michigan.gov/incometax.

Last year 80 percent of all Michigan income tax returns were filed electronically.  Through April 6th, Treasury has processed over 3 million individual income tax returns, with 90 percent of those being e-filed.  After filing their returns, taxpayers can check the status of their refund on-line, by clicking the “Check My Income Tax Info” box on www.michigan.gov/incometax. Paper filers should allow up to 14 days before checking on the status of their return.

The department is also reminding taxpayers to report Use Tax that may be due on purchases made outside of Michigan, either by telephone, catalog, or over the internet, in 2015.

Michigan’s Use Tax applies to transactions on which a retailer does not collect sales tax. Use Tax must be paid on purchases made from out-of-state sellers, including those made while traveling in foreign countries, on the total price of the items (including shipping and handling charges). When an out-of-state vendor does not collect sales tax on a purchase, under Michigan law, the buyer is responsible for reporting and paying the Use Tax (see page 7 of the MI 1040 instruction booklet and/or Line 23 on the tax form).

The department is reminding taxpayers to be wary of tax fraud.  If a taxpayer suspects they may have been a target of identity theft, they should immediately contact the Department of Treasury at Treasury-ReportIDTheft@michigan.gov and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1-800-829-0433.

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