CYBERSPACE SIGHTING: Taxpayers can check state refund status online

As the state of Michigan enters the second week of individual income tax season, the Michigan Department of Treasury reminds taxpayers who filed a 2017 state return to check the status of their refund online by going to www.michigan.gov/wheresmyrefund.

Individuals who e-filed can check their refund status two weeks from the date confirmation was received that the state return was accepted. The status of paper-filed tax returns can be viewed from six to eight weeks after postmarking.

The most up-to-date information about a taxpayer's refund is on the "Where's My Refund?" website. Taxpayers interested in learning the status of their refund are encouraged to use the website.

"Michigan taxpayers look forward to receiving their refunds during the income tax season," said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury's Tax Administration Group. "Whether a return was e-filed or sent through the mail, taxpayers can go to this website to check the status of their refund."

More than 5 million individual income tax returns are processed annually, with more than 4.1 million returns being e-filed.

Last year, approximately 3.7 million returns provided nearly $2 billion in refunds. More than two-thirds of the refunds issued were directly deposited into a taxpayer's bank account.

Required Information

for Checking Refund Status

To ensure taxpayer privacy and security, the following information is required when checking the status of a refund at www.michigan.gov/wheresmyrefund:

- Social Security Number

- Tax Year

- Filing Status

- Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or Total Household Resources (THR)

Individuals can find their AGI on line 10 of the MI-1040. Total Household Resources are found on line 33 on the MI-1040CR or line 34 on the MI-1040CR-7.

Tax-Related

Identify Theft Protections

In an effort to protect Michigan taxpayers, the state Treasury Department continues to implement security measures to stop tax-related identity theft. As a result, some state income tax returns may be selected for identity confirmation.

If a state income tax return has been selected for identity confirmation, the taxpayer will receive a letter from Treasury asking them to confirm their identity by completing a short online quiz or submitting paperwork. A phone option is available for those with functional needs or are not computer savvy.

After a taxpayer confirms his or her identity, their tax refund will be issued in about a month.

Taxpayers who have been recent victims of identity theft are asked to report their circumstances to the state Treasury Department. Reporting identity theft helps thwart cybercriminals who attempt to file returns and steal state tax refunds.

In 2017, increased security measures protected more than 4,000 taxpayers who confirmed their identity was stolen and used to request state of Michigan refunds. This prevented more than $16 million from being distributed to scammers.

To learn more about identity theft, go to www.michigan.gov/identitytheft. For more information about Michigan's individual income tax, go to www.michigan.gov/incometax.

Published: Wed, Feb 07, 2018

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