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Electronic Filing Programs for MBT and CIT

Highlights
  • Currently, Michigan business e-file is open for prior year MBT (2010 and 2011) returns and CIT fiscal file returns with a tax year end of 2012, provided that the federal tax year began in 2011. However, due to late federal tax legislation and a delay in IRS MeF 2012 deployment, Michigan will follow the federal delay and will not accept returns from calendar year taxpayers or any fiscal filers that have start and end dates within 2012, until the IRS begins accepting 2012 calendar year filings.
  • With the announcement that the IRS BMF Shutdown is tentatively scheduled to begin on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at 11:59 a.m., Michigan will be observing the following shutdown schedule:

    Michigan will stop retrieving submissions at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, December 23, 2013. This will allow us to create and process acknowledgements by the IRS BMF deadline on the 26th. Any submissions transmitted to the IRS after this cut-off will be acknowledged when the IRS BMF system becomes operational in processing year 2014.
  • Michigan has an enforced e-file mandate for MBT and CIT. Software developers producing MBT and CIT tax preparation software and computer-generated forms must support e-file for all eligible Michigan forms that are included in their software package. All eligible MBT and CIT returns prepared using tax preparation software or computer-generated forms must be e-filed.

    Treasury will be enforcing the e-file mandate for MBT and CIT. The enforcement includes not processing computer-generated paper returns that are eligible to be e-filed. A notice will be mailed to the taxpayer, indicating that the taxpayer's return was not filed in the proper form, and content, and must be e-filed. Payment received with a paper return will be processed and credited to the taxpayer's account even when the return is not processed.
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Michigan participates in the IRS MeF program: accepting both MBT and CIT Fed/State e-file return . Filing of tax returns electronically is Secure, Fast, and Convenient. Treasury is committed to processing MBT and CIT e-file returns in less than half the time of paper returns, and account resolution for MBT and CIT e-file returns receives priority.

Treasury and its customers continue to benefit from advances in technology that improve efficiencies and enhance the State's tax filing, refund, and audit processes. E-file is a key component in this improvement and enhancement.

Effective January 1, 2013, Michigan has an enforced e-file mandate for MBT and CIT. Software developers producing MBT and CIT tax preparation software and computer-generated forms must support e-file for all eligible Michigan forms that are included in their software package. All eligible MBT and CIT returns prepared using tax preparation software or computer-generated forms must be e-filed.

Choosing a Tax Preparation Software

You will need to purchase tax preparation software that supports e-file. The IRS and Treasury do not charge for e-filing. There may be fees associated with the commercial software used to prepare and transmit the returns. These packages differ in price and features. View a list of companies that offer e-file software for Michigan and federal business and income tax returns.

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Contact Information
Michigan:
Electronic Filing Programs
Web site: www.MIfastfile.org
Email: MIefile2D@michigan.gov
Telephone: 517-636-4450
(for tax preparers, transmitters and software developers only)

Customer Contact Center
Web site: www.michigan.gov/bustax
Email: treasMBT@michigan.gov
Telephone: 517-636-4657
(for return status or specific account questions)

Federal e-filing:
Web site: www.irs.gov
Telephone: 1-866-255-0654

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