Michigan State Income Tax - Tax Year 2012
Michigan Income Tax Table
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Note: Michigan's income tax has a single flat tax rate for all income.
The Michigan Income Tax
Michigan has a flat income tax rate of 4.35% of gross income, unlike the federal income tax which uses tax brackets based on marginal income. Michigan's maximum marginal income tax rate is the 3rd lowest in the United States, ranking directly below Arizona's 4.54%.
Michigan allows counties and municipalities to collect a local surtax on top of the Michigan state income tax. The average local income tax collected (as a percentage of total income) is 0.13%. There are 298 days left until Tax Day, on April 15th 2014.
Michigan Tax Deductions
Income tax deductions are expenses that can be deducted from your gross pre-tax income. Using deductions is an excellent way to reduce your Michigan income tax and maximize your refund, so be sure to research deductions that you mey be able to claim on your Federal and Michigan tax returns. For details on specific deductions available in Michigan, see the list of Michigan income tax deductions.
- Unlike many other states, Michigan has no standard deduction. Certain itemized deductions (including property tax, qualified charitable contributions, etc) may be allowed depending on the income level and filing type of the taxpayer. Keep in mind that not all deductions allowed on your federal income tax return are necessarily going to be allowed on your Michigan income tax return.
- Michigan's personal income tax exemptions include a personal exemption of $3,600.00. You can deduct one single exemption from your gross income if you are responsible for supporting yourself financially.
- Michigan has a dependent exemption of $4,200.00. You may claim one dependent examption for each of the children, relatives, or others who live with and are supported by you as described § 152 of the IRC (Internal Revenue Code).
- Unlike the Federal income tax, the Michigan income tax does not allow itemized deductions. You may claim the Michigan standard deduction if applicable, and specific deductions may be available to Michigan taxpayers as limited deductions or tax credits.
Michigan Income Tax Forms
How To File Your Michigan Income Tax Return
Where To Send Your Michigan Tax Return
Income Tax Return
Michigan Department of Treasury P.O. Box 30199 Lansing, MI 48909-7699
e-Filing: Submit Your Michigan Tax Return Online
You can save time and money by electronically filing your Michigan income tax directly with the Department of Treasury . Benefits of e-Filing your Michigan tax return include instant submission, error checking, and faster refund response times. Most tax preparers can electronically file your return for you, or you can do it yourself using free or paid income tax software, like the examples listed below.
To e-file your Michigan and Federal income tax returns, you need a piece of tax software that is certified for eFile by the IRS. While most in-depth tax software charges a fee, there are several free options available through the states, and simple versions are also offered free of charge by most tax software companies.
The two most popular tax software packages are H&R Block At Home, sold by the H&R Block tax preparation company, and TurboTax Federal & State, sold by the Intuit software company. Both companies produce multiple editions for simple to very complex tax returns, so be sure to carefully compare the features offered by each package.
Getting Your Michigan Tax Refund
If your state tax witholdings are greater then the amount of income tax you owe the state of Michigan, you will receive an income tax refund check from the government to make up the difference.
It should take one to three weeks for your refund check to be processed after your income tax return is recieved. E-filing your return and filing early can help ensure your refund check gets sent as quickly as possible.
Once you've filed your tax return, all you have to do is wait for your refund to arrive. If you want to check the status of your Michigan tax refund, you can visit the Michigan Department of Treasury Income Tax Refund page.
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- Our state ranking and income tax figures are based on a family of four (married parents with two children) earning the national median household income of $50,000 per year. Deductions and personal exemptions are taken into account, but some state-specific deductions and tax credit programs may not be accounted for.
- Before the official 2013 Michigan income tax rates are released, provisional 2013 tax rates are based on Michigan's 2012 income tax brackets.
- The 2013 state personal income tax brackets are updated from the Michigan Department of Treasury and Tax Foundation data.
- Michigan tax forms are sourced from the Michigan Department of Treasury income tax forms page, and are updated on a yearly basis. Please make sure the Michigan forms you are using are up-to-date.