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I filed my 2020 Michigan individual income tax return, MI-1040 before the passage of the 2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion legislation. How do I amend my return? 

Michigan taxpayers who filed their original 2020 Michigan individual income tax return, MI-1040 without claiming the federal 2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion must file an amended MI-1040 with the corrected adjusted gross income. 

For Electronic Filers

If you filed your original return electronically using a software product, we recommend attempting to file your amended return using that same product.  Most software vendors have updated their products to account for the unemployment exclusion.  E-filing your amended return will ensure greater accuracy and faster processing times.

Note: If you are unable to file an amended return electronically, follow the instructions for paper filers.

For Paper Filers

If you paper file your amended return, here are some helpful reminders:

  • Use the MI-1040 and check the amended box.
  • Include all forms and schedules previously filed with your original return.
  • Include Schedule AMD which captures the reason why you are amending the return.  To complete properly, check box "n" and provide the explanation of "Federal Unemployment Exclusion" in box 8. (see example below)
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Note: The IRS will process federal returns without requiring an amended return.