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Tax Deadline Draws Near

Contact: Terry Stanton, (517) 335-2167

    State Treasurer Jay B. Rising wants to remind Michigan Taxpayers that all individual income tax returns for 2004 need to be postmarked or e-filed by Friday, April 15, 2005 in order to avoid penalties and interest. 

    The Department of Treasury has made it easier this year for taxpayers that have questions regarding taxes by creating an all-inclusive Web page at www.michigan.gov/incometax. This new Web page offers information on what's new for Tax Year 2004, e-file information, links to free tax preparation assistance throughout the state, and help in locating tax forms. The all-in-one site also offers a Self Service section that allows individuals to check the status of their refunds, payments, or correspondence. Self Service also allows taxpayers to ask account specific questions via e-mail, and easily find answers to frequently asked questions. To access Self Service, users must enter their last name, Social Security Number, Adjusted Gross Income or Household Income, and filing status. 

    Taxpayers who do not have Internet access can receive the same information offered on-line, by calling (800) 827-4000. The number is toll-free and callers must also provide their last name, Social Security Number, Adjusted Gross Income or Household Income, and filing status.

    Individuals, unable to complete their tax returns by the April 15th deadline, can request an extension by filing an Application for Extension of Time to File Michigan Tax Returns (Form 4). An approved extension gives taxpayers until August 15, 2004, to file their individual tax return. Extension requests must be received by April 15, 2004, and must include an estimated payment of the anticipated taxes due. Form 4 can be downloaded from Treasury's web site at www.michigan.gov/treasury and is available by calling 800-827-4000 to have forms mailed to you. Taxpayers claiming a refund do not have to file an extension request. 

    So far this year, the total number of returns processed is up 31.6% over this time last year while the amount of refunds handed out is over $951 million, up 36.5% from last year. The amount of taxpayers who chose to e-file their returns has risen to 1.9 million from 1.7 million a year ago.