Reminder: deadline for filing late tax returns

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Taxpayers who have requested an extension to file their personal income tax returns have less than a month to file a complete and accurate return, according to the Michigan Treasury Department.

Individual income tax returns due under an extension must be received by the Treasury no later than October 17, 2022. Returns can be sent via the U.S. Postal Service or e-Filed.

For the convenience of taxpayers, the extension period is the same as that of the Internal Revenue Service.

“If you have not yet filed your personal income tax return — regardless of an extension — please consider doing so today,” said Assistant State Treasurer Glenn White, who oversees the programs for treasury tax services. “Some people who haven’t filed a return may be eligible for a refund because of tax credits or other forms of assistance. Please contact us if you have any questions about navigating the filing process.

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Taxpayers who have not yet filed their personal income tax returns should consider:

Filing a statement to claim an unpaid refund. Taxpayers risk losing their state income tax refund if they do not file a return within four years of the original return’s due date. Visit www.michigan.gov/mifastfile to learn more about e-filing.

File a statement to minimize interest and penalties. File and pay now to limit interest charges and late penalties. An extension of the filing deadline is not an extension of the payment deadline. Penalty and interest on tax due are applicable from the original due date of the return until payment is received.

Pay as much tax as possible. If taxpayers owe unpaid taxes and cannot pay in full, they should pay as much as they can when they file their tax returns. Payments can be made using Michigan’s e-Payments service. When mailing checks, carefully follow the instructions on the tax form. The Treasury will work with taxpayers who cannot pay the full amount of tax they owe.

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