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Tax Season is here

Washington, January 23, 2020
Tax season is here. For most people, you will have to file your Federal taxes with the IRS by Wednesday, April 15. You also have until Wednesday April 15th to file your Michigan taxes. Below are some links that should help make this process as easy as possible.

Filing your Michigan Taxes

2019 Individual Income Tax Forms and Tax credits for Michigan
The Michigan Department of Treasury has provided a one stop shop for all forms you need to fill out your taxes, as well as all tax credits offered. Click here to learn more.

Filing your Michigan Taxes Online
Remember, you can do your Michigan taxes online for free. The Michigan Department of Treasury offers online resources to make filing your taxes as easy as possible.  

Filing your Michigan Taxes by Mail
If you’re having trouble filing your taxes online, remember you can also fill out the forms by hand and send them to the Michigan Treasury Department. Click here to find where to mail your Michigan taxes.

Tracking your Michigan Tax Refund Online
Check the status of your refund online within 2 weeks hours after we receive your e-filed return or 6-8 weeks after mailing your paper return. Click here to track your Michigan tax refund.

When to File an Individual Tax Return for Michigan
Tax season can be confusing and can lead to many questions, including if you need to file a Michigan state tax return or not. The Michigan Department of Treasury can help answer that question for you.


Filing your Federal Taxes

Unsure if you Need to File a Federal Tax Return?
Navigating tax season can be complicated and often many of us have questions, including if we need to file a return or not. The IRS Interactive Tax Assistant can help you answer that question.

Filing your Federal Taxes Online
Remember, you can do your taxes online for free. This online software provided by the IRS can help you complete your tax returns in a timely manner.

Filing your Federal Taxes by Mail
If you’re having trouble filing your taxes online, remember you can also fill out the forms by hand and send them to the IRS. Click here to find where to mail your taxes.

First-Time Filer or Working Part-Time?
Doing your taxes doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The IRS Free File software does the hardwork for you. It’s free and ensures you receive your tax return the fastest way possible. Click here to learn about IRS Free File.

Active Duty Military
Our friends and family in the Military are busy, which is the why the IRS Free File offers them multiple options for federal tax preparation. Lean more about resources for Active Duty Military servicemembers

Had a Side Job during 2020?
Are you an independent worker or contractor who had a short-term or side job during 2019? The Gig Economy Tax center can help you file your taxes.   


Credits and Deductions for Federal Taxes

Earned Income Tax Credit Assistant
Find out if you’re eligible and estimate the amount of your Earned Income Tax Credit. Click here for the Earned Income Tax Credit Assistant.

Exempt Organizations Select Check
Search for a charity or non-profit organization and find out if it’s eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. Click here to learn more on tax-deductible contributions.

First Time Homebuyer Credit (FTHBC) Account Look-up 
Check your First Time Homebuyer Credit account balance and payment history online. Click here for First Time Homebuyer Credit Account look-up.


Refunds and Payments for Federal Taxes

Receive your Federal Tax Return Through Direct Deposit
Want to receive your tax return as a direct deposit instead of waiting in the mail for a check? You can tell the IRS to direct deposit your refund to one, two, or three accounts. Click here for info on direct deposit.

Tracking your Federal Refund Online
Check the status of your refund online within 24 hours after the IRS receives your e-filed return or 4 weeks after mailing your paper return. Click here to track your refund online.

Direct Pay
Pay your tax bill directly from your checking or savings account or through the IRS2Go mobile app. Both are safe and secure. Click here for more on the IRS2Go mobile app.

Online Payment Agreement
Find out if you’re eligible to make payment arrangements on the amount of tax you owe if you can’t afford to pay all of it at one time. Click here for more on payment arrangements

Tax Fraud Alerts

Protect Yourself from Fraud
Taxpayers should be very careful when choosing a tax preparer. It is important to know that even if someone else prepares your return, you are ultimately responsible for all the information on the tax return. Click here to learn ways to protect yourself from fraud.

Tax Scams - How to Report Scams or Fraud
To help the public recognize and avoid abusive tax schemes, the IRS offers an abundance of educational materials. Education is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of these “too good to be true” tax scams. Click here to learn more on how to report Tax scams.

Tax season doesn’t have to be complicated or burdensome. The links above should prove useful. If you have any additional questions or seek additional guidance, the IRS has a “Frequently Asked Questions” page found here or you can call the IRS at `1-800-829-1040. The Michigan Treasury Department also has a “Frequently Asked Questions” page found here or you can contact them at 517-636-4486. My office is also here to help you should you need additional assistance – the office can be contacted at 313-278-2936. 

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