E-Filing Provides Greater Accuracy, Faster Processing, and Quicker Refunds

Marquette, Mich. 04/06/2018 – Michigan taxpayers who still have not filed their state income tax returns are encouraged to consider e-filing with the filing deadline looming in a little more than a week, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).

By 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, state income tax returns must be submitted by e-filing or postmarked through the U.S. Postal Service. Taxpayers can go to www.mifastfile.org to learn about available options for e-filing for free or for a fee.

“If you still haven’t filed your state income tax return, there is still time,” said Deputy Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “With the deadline fast approaching, taxpayers should consider e-filing. It’s typically easier and more accurate, which enables Treasury to issue a quicker refund.”

Choosing electronic filing and direct deposit is convenient, safe and secure. Last year, more than 4.1 million Michigan taxpayers e-filed, which is nearly 83 percent of state income tax filers.

Limited quantities of printed tax forms have been distributed to public libraries, Department of Health and Human Services county offices, Treasury Field Offices and northern Michigan post offices. State income tax forms are also available at www.michigan.gov/incometaxes.

For the convenience of taxpayers, both federal and state returns are due on Tuesday, April 17.

Six-Month Filing Extensions

Michigan taxpayers who owe payment and need more time to file their state individual income tax return can file for a six-month extension.

To request a state income tax filing extension, taxpayers must complete an Application for Extension of Time to File Michigan Tax Returns (Form 4) and mail it to Treasury by Tuesday, April 17. Taxpayers granted a federal income tax return extension are automatically granted a state extension and must submit the state return on the new federal due date.

A filing extension does not give an individual more time to pay. Taxpayers must pay tax liabilities by the April 17 deadline to avoid penalties and interest.

Taxpayers must estimate their tax liability on Form 4 and pay any amount due. Taxpayers who owe zero Michigan tax or are due a state tax refund are not required to file an extension.

For more information about state income taxes, go to www.michigan.gov/incometaxes.

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