Shirkey offering useful guide for tax season

LANSING, Mich. — Residents of Branch, Hillsdale and Jackson counties who are getting ready to file their taxes and want current information can contact Sen. Mike Shirkey’s office for a free taxpayer’s guide or can download the booklet from the senator’s website.

The Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide 2018 is a reference for the 2017 tax year and is designed to help residents prepare their state tax returns. The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 and does not affect individual income taxes for 2017.

“Tax law can be complex and can change from year to year, so it is important to stay up to date,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “This free guide will be useful to residents when completing their taxes.”

The booklet contains information on Michigan’s income tax, property taxes and tax credits. Included is a year-long listing of important property tax dates and deadlines as well as copies of the most commonly used tax forms. It also features addresses, phone numbers and email information for obtaining state agency tax assistance.

Shirkey said the guide is meant as a helpful resource and not as a substitute for Michigan Department of Treasury tax instruction booklets.

Free copies of the Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide 2018 may be downloaded by clicking the Publications link at right.

Residents can also reserve a free copy by contacting Shirkey’s office at 517-373-5932.