Hansen offering useful guide for tax season

Sen. Goeff Hansen

Sen. Goeff Hansen

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan residents who are getting ready to file their taxes and want current information can contact Sen. Goeff Hansen’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.

“It is important to be accurate and up to date when doing your taxes,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “This free guide can help.”

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.

Hansen 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, above.

Residents can also reserve a free copy by contacting Hansen’s office at 517-373-1635.

Hansen: New law will deter crime, save money

Sen. Goeff Hansen

Sen. Goeff Hansen

LANSING, Mich. — A new law sponsored by Sen. Goeff Hansen expands the number of crimes for which a person may be required to reimburse the state or local units of government.

Senate Bill 44, now Public Act 241 of 2017, adds a number of crimes to the list of those for which reimbursement of expenses may be ordered. These include retail fraud, dealing in stolen goods, and failure to make a court-ordered court appearance.

Hansen said the law came about in response to rising incidences of retail fraud at The Lakes Mall in Muskegon County and the strain on local law enforcement to serve the area.

“A number of retail fraud task forces have been created throughout the state to address the increasing number of people arrested for shoplifting or otherwise trying to defraud Michigan retailers,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “This law is a further deterrent to crime and will save money by reducing costs to the state and to local units of government.”