Individual Income Tax-City of Detroit Income Tax

The State of Michigan is working with tax preparers and software developers to encourage taxpayers to e-file their income tax returns. E-file is secure, fast, convenient, and helps save Michigan taxpayer dollars. E-filed returns cost 83% less to process than paper returns.

The IRS mandate preparers filing 11 or more returns to e-file those returns, with minor exceptions. Michigan would expect any preparer e-filing federal returns to also e-file the Michigan returns. The continued support of e-file from the tax professional community is a key component of future e-file growth.

Michigan, along with many other state revenue agencies, is requesting additional information this filing season in an effort to combat stolen-identity tax fraud to protect you and your tax refund. If you have a driver’s license or state issued identification card, please provide the requested information from it. Your return will not be rejected if you do not have a driver’s license or state-issued identification. Providing the information could help process your return more quickly.

 

How to Participate in e-filing

  • Complete the IRS application process to participate in the IRS e-file Program. It takes about 45 days to process the application. Read more about e-file and the IRS application process at www.irs.gov.
  • Once your Federal application is completed and approved, the IRS will forward your information to the State of Michigan and you are automatically accepted into the Michigan e-file program. Then you are ready to start e-filing!
  • Taxpayers can browse the IRS Authorized e-file Provider locator service to find a preparer who offers e-file.
  • For complete information regarding the Michigan e-file program, please review the Electronic Filing Programs Tax Preparer Handbook.

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Choosing Tax Preparation Software

You will need to purchase tax preparation software that supports e-file. When choosing software, you should consider the following:

  • Software must be accepted by the IRS and the State of Michigan.
  • What Michigan and federal forms are supported
  • Software should support Fed/State and State Standalone e-filing.
  • How returns are transmitted.
  • Volume discounts and/or charges for rejections or retransmissions.
  • Number of software updates issued.
  • Communication of updates (Web site, modem, express mail, regular mail).
  • Technical support.

Software developers producing tax preparation software and computer-generated forms must support e-file for all eligible Michigan forms that are included in their software package.

View a list of companies that offer e-file software for filing Michigan and federal tax returns for 2016.

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Other Helpful Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Michigan:

Customer Contact Center

Web site: www.michigan.gov/iit
Telephone: 517-636-4486
(for income tax return status or specific account questions)

Web site: www.michigan.gov/bustax
Telephone: 517-636-6925
(for Michigan business tax return status or specific account questions)

Forms, Documentation and E-File Services

Web site: www.MIfastfile.org
Email: MIFormsEfile@michigan.gov
Telephone: 517-636-4450
(for tax preparers, transmitters and software developers only)

Note: Forms, Documentation and E-File Services staff is unable to provide return status information or address specific taxpayer account issues.

Federal e-filing:

Web site: www.irs.gov
Telephone: 866-255-0654

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