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Non-Obligated Spouse Form Information
The form is used when the Michigan Department of Treasury holds a joint income tax refund or homestead property tax credit payment for an amount owed by one spouse for the following:
The form is used to divide the refund amount between both spouses and designate how much of the joint refund can be applied to the debt(s). When both spouses have a debt, each spouse's share of the refund is applied to his/her debt.
In the event that you have multiple debts you may receive a second Income Allocation form to be completed.
When there is more than one debt the refund is applied in the following order:
Note: Treasury Customer Service Representatives are unable to assist with the completion of the Income Allocation for Non-Obligated Spouse Form 743.
If your overpayment is held for a debt, you will receive a personalized Income Allocation for Non-Obligated Spouse Form 743. You must return the form within 30 days from the date on the accompanying letter to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Failure to file the form within the 30 day time period will result in the entire refund, if needed, being applied to the debt.
If you wish to have the entire refund applied to the debt, do not complete the form. Instead, check the box “Apply refund to the debt(s)” provided above the signature area on page 2 of the form. Each spouse must sign and date the form.
If the form does not have both signatures or a signed statement attached, the full refund, if needed, will be applied to the debt.
The Michigan Department of Treasury does not accept form 8379. The Injured Spouse Claim and Allocation Form 8379 is an Internal Revenue Service form. The Michigan Income Allocation for Non-Obligated Spouse Form 743 is the only form accepted by the State of Michigan when allocating income between spouses.
The personalized form is the only form that will be accepted.
Divide each spouse's share of income by the joint income to determine the income percentage ratio.
Allocate the amounts to the spouse who earned the income as though you had filed separate federal income tax returns.
Jointly earned income is generally allocated equally to each spouse.
Allocate income, adjustments to income, additions, subtractions and deductions to your adjusted gross income as reported on the Michigan return to the applicable spouse.
If one spouse had a zero or negative amount, that amount should be used to reduce the taxable income of the other spouse.
The city tax credit is prorated based on each person's city tax withheld. The credit must be prorated based on the ratio of each spouse's tax withheld to total tax withheld.
A credit for contributions may be shared equally or allocated to the spouse making the contribution.
Qualified adoption credit and Stillbirth credit amounts are divided equally between both spouses share of income.
Earned Income Credit is prorated based on each spouse's income percentage ratio.
Do not adjust any figures printed on the form by Treasury. An amended Michigan return should be filed only if you made an error on your original return that was not corrected by Treasury.
NOTE: An incomplete income allocation form 743 may result in the entire income tax refund or credit payment being applied to the debt(s). If you have any questions concerning completion of the form or if any part of the instructions are unclear, please call the number on the letter you received with the form. The form will be considered incomplete if you do not fill out each line in each column.
Each person is entitled to a personal exemption, including any special exemptions that you would be entitled to claim if separate Michigan returns were filed.
Exemption allowance for dependents must be prorated based on the ratio of each spouse's income to federal adjusted gross income.
You must prorate your dependents even if they belong to one spouse from a previous marriage.
If one spouse had a zero or negative adjusted gross income, or negative taxable income, the other spouse should claim the exemptions.
When the primary filer is deceased, the spouse automatically becomes the primary filer.
If the decedent owes the debt, the spouse will still receive a refund - providing the spouse is not liable and the Non-Obligated Spouse form is completed.
Attach a copy of the death certificate when you return the Income Allocation for Non-Obligated Spouse form.
A homestead property tax or farmland credit is divided equally between both spouses if the property is owned jointly, regardless of whom earned the income.
If the property is owned or leased by one spouse, that spouse may claim the entire credit.
Proof must be furnished at the time the form is filed.
Acceptable proof would be:
NOTE: Copies of utility bills and/or mortgage escrow statements are not acceptable proof.
If proof of sole ownership or leasehold is not received with the form 743, the credit will be divided equally between both spouses.
NOTE: An incomplete income allocation form may result in the entire income tax refund or credit payment being applied to the debt(s). If you have any questions concerning completion of the form or if any part of the instructions are unclear, please call the number on the letter you received with the form. The form will be considered incomplete if you do not fill out each line in each column.
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