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Michigan: Changes to Sales and Use Tax Filing System


 There are better ways to file sales tax.

The Michigan Department of Treasury (DOT) has adopted a new processing system that affects sales, use and withholding tax filers. Taxpayers are reminded that the new system is not for 2014 sales, use and withholding tax returns.

Beginning January 1, 2015, all Michigan taxpayers must “file an actual return regardless of how they pay and regardless of whether tax is due.” Taxpayers may use one of the three filing options:

  • Bulk E-file with Treasury approved commercial or proprietary software.
  • Single E-file through Michigan Treasury Online (MTO).
  • Paper file (for eligible forms only) by downloading forms from the Treasury website and remitting completed forms by mail.

Payroll Service Providers (PSPs) and Third Party Administrators (TPAs) filing on behalf of clients are required to use Treasury approved commercial or proprietary software.

Sales, use and withholding taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically, whether they file their own taxes or use a PSP or TPA. See this Department of Treasury notice for more details.

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Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.