How will I know if my e-filed return was received?

If you are e-filing both your federal and Michigan returns together:

  • IRS must first accept the federal return in order for Michigan to receive the state return.
  • After transmitting, you will receive an electronic return verification (acknowledgment) that your federal return has been either accepted or rejected by the IRS.
  • You will receive a separate acknowledgment from the Michigan Department of Treasury for your state return.
  • If your federal return is rejected, the software provider should help you with any needed corrections. You will need to retransmit both returns.

If you are e-filing your Michigan return separately from your federal return:

  • After transmitting, you will receive an electronic return verification (acknowledgment) that your Michigan return has been either accepted or rejected.
  • If your Michigan return is rejected, the software provider should help you with any needed corrections and you will need to retransmit your Michigan return.

Note: If your online software provider sends e-mail notifications regarding the status of your return, you may want to verify a spam filter is not blocking e-mail notifications from the software provider's e-mail address.

If you e-file using a tax preparer, you will receive notification from the tax preparer if the IRS or Michigan rejected your return. You must receive an acceptance acknowledgment for both the federal and Michigan returns. Do not assume that an acknowledgment from the IRS is a guarantee of receipt by Michigan.

If your Michigan and City of Detroit returns are e-filed together, they will both be accepted or rejected together.