Personal income tax returns are due soon, as both federal and state income tax returns must be filed by Monday, April 18.
The Michigan Department of the Treasury reminds taxpayers that state individual income tax returns must be electronically filed or postmarked through the U.S. Postal Service by 11:59 p.m. on that date.
“If you haven’t started thinking about filing your personal income tax return, now is the time to do it,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White.
Last year, more than 4.8 million Michigan taxpayers filed electronically, or 88% of state income tax filers. For more information on e-filing, go to www.mifastfile.org.
Printed tax forms are available at public libraries, northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula post offices, county offices of the Department of Health and Human Services, and field offices of the Treasury.
Michigan taxpayers with questions about their tax returns or refunds can use the Treasury eServices platform to find answers at https://etreas.michigan.gov/iit/home.
This state Treasury Department portal allows taxpayers to ask questions related to state personal income tax when it’s convenient for them and avoids waiting for a customer service representative to respond at your call. Taxpayers typically get answers to their questions through Treasury electronic services within 24 to 48 hours.
The Treasury eServices platform also allows taxpayers to change addresses, view estimated tax payments, calculate penalties and interest, and view and respond to letters. Real-time tax refund status information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information on Michigan personal income tax or to download forms, go to www.michigan.gov/incometax.
For families, this year may be more complicated than most for filing a federal return due to changes to the child tax credit. Families were able to receive up to half the credit in advance through monthly payments from July to December 2021. Now those who received advance payments will have to calculate on their statements if they received too little or too much.
Federal filers who do not itemize their deductions are reminded that they can deduct up to $600 of their charitable cash donations for the 2021 tax year. Usually, those who take the standard deduction are not allowed to claim one of their charitable donations as an additional deduction.
Additional federal income tax tips are available at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-tax-tips.
Wisconsin taxpayers can find information about state tax returns at https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/OnlineServices/home.aspx.