Gathering Documents, Updating Addresses Today Makes Filing Returns Easier
LANSING, Mich - With the state income tax filing season beginning in late January 2020, 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.
“Taxpayers who prepare today are less likely to face processing delays,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “I encourage taxpayers to take a few moments out of their busy holiday schedules to ensure all of their paperwork is in order.”
Other notable items for Michigan’s 2020 filing season (2019 tax year):
- Beginning in January 2020, forms and instructions may be viewed and downloaded from www.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 www.mifastfile.org.
- Taxpayers may elect to use direct debit when e-filing their 2019 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.
- The ability to claim a refund for the 2015 tax year expires on April 15, 2020.
- 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 www.michigan.gov/identitytheft.
Information about new developments for the 2019 tax year will be available on the state Treasury Department’s website.
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