Michigan Treasury Department: Digital Signatures Allowed as Remote Alternative to In-Person Tax FilingSeptember 8, 2020
The use of digital signatures assists in reducing in-person contact and lessens the risk to taxpayers and tax professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing both groups to work remotely and to file forms timely.
The state of Michigan’s individual income tax return, corporate income tax return and sales, use and withholding tax return already use an electronic signature when filed electronically. Each year, more than 80% of Michigan’s individual income tax returns are filed electronically.
Some forms used by taxpayers and tax professionals are typically printed, signed, and mailed to the state Treasury Department. These forms are downloaded from Treasury’s website or obtained by tax professionals.
The Michigan Department of Treasury does not specify which digital signature product or method tax professionals must use. There are several commercial products available.
To learn more about Michigan’s forms, go to www.michigan.gov/treasuryforms.