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Treasury: Individual income tax filing season officially begins

LANSING — Michigan’s individual income tax filing season officially begins today, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Effective immediately, Michiganders can start filing their 2018 tax year state individual income tax returns online or submit paper forms through the U.S. Postal Service. All individual income tax returns must be e-filed or postmarked by April 15, 2019.

“All systems are operating as normal,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, who oversees Treasury’s Tax Administration program. “Filing electronically is the easiest and quickest way for Michigan taxpayers to get their refund. This helps ensure tax returns are accurate and improves tax refund turnaround times.”

Choosing electronic filing and direct deposit is convenient, safe and secure. Last year, more than 4.2 million Michigan taxpayers e-filed, which is 83 percent of state income tax filers.

For more information about e-filing, go to

After Feb. 1, printed tax forms will be available in limited quantities at public libraries, some northern Michigan post offices, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services county offices and Treasury Field Offices.

For the benefit and convenience of taxpayers, both the beginning and end of the individual income tax filing season are the same as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). — G.G.

Small developer workshops offer economic, career growth for Michiganders

LANSING — To create new economic opportunities for Michiganders, the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority is offering workshops and training seminars to help increase the number of local land developers. The Incremental Development Alliance will work to recruit additional local real estate developers to produce small-scale projects.

“Michigan is currently facing a shortage of local real estate developers, and these seminars are a great opportunity for residents to get involved in their communities and help create more economic opportunities for the region,” Michigan Land Bank Director Josh Burgett said. “Our hope is that once these developers complete their training, they look at properties available through Land Banks across Michigan as some of their first redevelopment projects.”

Currently, the state of Michigan faces a shortage of small-scale project developers. These workshops will recruit locals with all levels of experience to learn the fundamentals of formulating a small real estate project. Municipalities who have signed on to participate and their respective county land banks will receive in-depth technical assistance.

Starting in February, participants who previously attended a Small Developer Seminar can sign up for the Small Developer Boot Camp. Building on the previous workshops, the Small Developer Boot Camp gives participants an opportunity to apply training to a development project. This includes selection of building formats and plans, refining their pro forma, creating an investor proposal package and drawing out the zoning parameters for their lot. Participants can also practice pitching their project to the group and instructors in order to get feedback in a supportive environment. — G.G.

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