Stamas offers free tax preparation guide online

LANSING, Mich. — Residents who are getting ready to file their taxes or want current information can download a free taxpayer’s guide from Sen. Jim Stamas’ 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 for residents to have reliable, updated information when preparing their annual taxes,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “I am proud to offer this helpful taxpayer guide on my website as a service to the residents of the 36th Senate District. Doing your taxes can be overwhelming, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this resource while filling out their state tax returns and paying their property 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.

Stamas said that 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 visiting

Also on Stamas’ publications page, visitors can download copies of the Michigan and U.S. constitutions and information on a variety of issues, including senior rights and veterans benefits.