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Michigan Individual Income Tax — e-File 2013

e-File - Faster filing - Faster refund

Last year, 3.7 million Michigan taxpayers opted for the safest, fastest and easiest way to submit their individual income tax returns – Michigan e-file.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Individual Income Tax (IIT) Modernized e-File (MeF) system will be unavailable beginning November 23, 2013 for end of year maintenance.

The Internal Revenue Service announced plans to open the IIT 2014 filing season on January 31 and encourages taxpayers to use e-file and Direct Deposit as the fastest way to receive refunds. In addition, many software companies are expected to begin accepting IIT returns in January and will hold those returns until the IRS systems open on January 31. The IRS cautioned that it will not process any IIT returns before January 31, so there is no advantage to filing on paper before the opening date. Taxpayers will receive their tax refunds much faster by using e-file with the Direct Deposit option.

Michigan anticipates retrieving and acknowledging IIT e-file returns on the same day the IRS opens for e-file. E-filing and choosing Direct Deposit is the fastest way to receive your Michigan refund. However, Michigan will be ready to process IIT returns and will begin making updates to Michigan's IIT self-service on January 22.

E-file with Commercial Tax Software – Do it yourself. Buy tax preparation software either over-the-counter or online and prepare your own return. The software’s question and answer format makes doing taxes much easier than filling out tax forms. Several software companies offer FREE e-file services to qualified Michigan taxpayers. If you do not qualify to file for FREE, you may also e-file for a small fee.

E-file Through a Paid Tax Preparer – Find a tax professional you trust to prepare and e-file your return. Nearly all tax preparers use e-file and many are required to do so. To find an e-file provider in your area, search the IRS Authorized e-file Provider Locator .

Where’s My Refund Check My Income Tax Info Web site is the quickest way to check the status of your refund. Please allow 14 days before checking the status of your e-filed return.

Tax Due Returns – Returns resulting in a tax due must submit payment, along with form MI-1040-V by April 15, 2014 to avoid penalty and interest. Michigan Department of Treasury does not participate in electronic funds withdrawals or direct debit for payment of taxes due.

E-file Questions – Have a question regarding Michigan’s e-file program? Visit the e-file frequently asked questions .