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Taxpayers can ask questions 24 Hours a day

LANSING – Michigan taxpayers with questions about their state income taxes can receive answers anytime online through Treasury Self-Serve, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Treasury Self-Serve enables taxpayers to check the status of tax refunds, ask questions, change addresses and see the status of letters sent to the state Treasury Department. The online platform is the convenient way for taxpayers to ask state income tax-related questions, with responses typically given within 24 to 48 hours. To ensure privacy and security, the following information is required when using Treasury Self-Serve: Social Security Number, Tax Year, Filing Status and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or Total Household Resources. 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. To use Treasury Self- Serve, go to www.michigan.gov/incometax and click on “Where’s My Refund?” within the left column. — R.S.

State application deadline for medical marijuana facilities is Feb. 15

LANSING – The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) reminds prospective medical marihuana license applicants that the deadline for those operating with local approval is February 15. For these prospective licensees to avoid facing an impediment to licensure, the applicant must be operating a proposed medical marihuana facility within the boundaries of a municipality that has adopted an authorizing ordinance, and must submit a complete pre-qualification application by February 15, with proof of local approval of their temporary operation. In December, LARA issued emergency administrative rules stating that proposed medical marihuana facilities that have continued to operate with local approval must cease operations or risk denial of licensure if a completed pre-qualification application – including the local attestation form – is not turned into LARA by February 15; or if applicant has been denied state licensure or has not been issued a state license by June 15, 2018.

Noncompliance is grounds for disciplinary action. Unlicensed activity may be forwarded to the Michigan State Police and the Attorney General. LARA and the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board expect to begin issuing state operating licenses in April.

Details: www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154- 79571—,00.html — R.S.

Flint & Genesee Chamber Speakers Bureau draws strong demand

FLINT – The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has announced the continuation of its Speakers Bureau. As a service to area organizations, Chamber executives and staff are available to speak on a variety of subjects at no cost.

In 2017, the Chamber saw a significant increase of 35 percent in speaking engagements compared to 2016. The increase was due in part to the high interest in economic development in the region and how it affects the local economy, business climate and placemaking – one of the newest topics of discussion. It is also due in part to the flexibility the Chamber has in the format of speaking engagements, which includes faceto face formal and informal engagements, and digital formats such as video conferencing. For more information, or to request a speaker, visit flintandgenesee.org/ newsroom/speakers-bureau. — R.S.


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