More than $1.8 Billion in State Individual Income Tax Refunds Issued Last Year
LANSING, MI — Michiganders who recently filed a 2016 state individual income tax return can check the status of their refund online by going to www.michigan.gov/wheresmyrefund, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).
Individuals who e-filed can check their refund status two weeks from the date confirmation was received that the state return was accepted. The status of paper-filed tax returns can be viewed from four to six weeks after postmarking.
“Michigan taxpayers look forward to receiving their refunds during the individual income tax season,” said Deputy Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “Whether a return was e-filed or sent through the U.S. Mail, taxpayers can go to this website to check the status of their refund.”
More than 5 million individual income tax returns are processed annually, with approximately 4 million returns being e-filed.
Last year, 3.7 million returns provided more than $1.8 billion in refunds. Two-thirds of the refunds issued were directly deposited into a taxpayer’s bank account.
Required Information for Checking Refund Status
To ensure taxpayer privacy and security, the following information is required when checking the status of a refund at www.michigan.gov/wheresmyrefund:
- Social Security Number
- Tax Year
- Filing Status
- Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or Total Household Resources (THR)
Individuals can find their AGI on line 10 of the MI-1040. Total Household Resources are found on line 33 on the MI-1040CR or line 34 on the MI-1040CR-7.
Tax-Related Identify Theft Protections
In an effort to protect Michigan taxpayers, Treasury continues to implement security measures to stop tax-related identity theft. As a result, some individual income tax returns may be selected for identity confirmation.
If an individual income tax return has been selected for identity confirmation, the taxpayer will receive a letter from Treasury asking them to confirm their identity by completing a short online quiz or submitting paperwork to confirm their identity. After passing the quiz, tax refunds will be issued in two to three weeks.
For the 2015 tax year, over 33,000 returns were stopped, preventing more than $70 million in potentially fraudulent refunds from being issued by the state of Michigan.
To learn more about Michigan’s individual income tax, go to www.michigan.gov/incometax.