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Electronic Filing Programs for MBT and CIT

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  • Michigan Department of Treasury will stop retrieving production Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and Michigan Business Tax (MBT) e-filed return submissions at 8 a.m. EST, December 22, 2014. Files transmitted between 8 a.m. on Friday, December 19, and 8 a.m. on Monday, December 22, will be acknowledged on Tuesday, December 23. Please do not submit any returns after 8 a.m., December 22.


  • 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: MIFormsEfile@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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