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e-File for Detroit Income Tax

About e-File

This method of filing eliminates many of the errors that lengthen processing time. You may also use e-File to amend your return or to file it separately from your federal and state return.

Note: Tax preparers who complete 11 or more individual income tax returns are required to e-file all eligible returns.


The IRS and Michigan Department of Treasury do not charge for e-File. The cost varies depending on the tax preparer, software package, or online provider you select for e-File. You may be able to e-File for free. 

Sign an e-Filed Return

If you are e-filing your City of Detroit return with your federal and State return:

  • Michigan accepts the federal signature.

If you are e-filing your City of Detroit return separately from your federal or state return you must sign your return by either:

  1. Complete Form MI-8453, Michigan Individual Income Tax Declaration, or
    • Retained a copy for six years.
    • Do not mail Form MI-8453 to Treasury
  2. Provide the Electronic Signature Alternative (ESA).
    • The ESA’s shared secrets are from your return as originally filed, an amended return, or the return as corrected by Treasury.
    Note: Shared secrets consist of your Social Security Number(s), Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or total household resources from the previous year’s return, and the tax due or refund amount from the previous year’s return.