Shirkey: Website provides valuable information for taxpayers

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LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey on Thursday reminded residents that the Michigan Department of Treasury website includes helpful tools for individuals and businesses.

“The Treasury website provides a link for those who recently filed their taxes and want to know when they will receive their return,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “Businesses can also find useful tax information on the site.”

Taxpayers can check on the status of their state income tax refund by going to www.michigan.gov/wheresmyrefund. E-filers can check two weeks from filing while paper-filers can check from four to six weeks after postmarking.

To ensure privacy and security, taxpayers need to provide their social security number, tax year, filing status and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or Total Household Resources (THR). The AGI is located on line 10 of the MI-1040; THR is found on line 33 of the MI-1040CR.

The Department of Treasury reports that in 2016, 3.7 million individual tax returns provided more than $1.8 billion in refunds.

The department website also provides instructive information for businesses, Shirkey said. Select the Business Taxes link from Treasury’s main website, www.michigan.gov/taxes.

Once there, users can find information on:
•    The latest tax updates affecting businesses;
•    Tax preparation and software development;
•    Business tax types and special tax situations;
•    E-filing; and more.

“Whether you are an individual or run a business, we encourage you to let us know if you find the information on the Department of Treasury website helpful or if you have suggestions to make it better,” Shirkey said.