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Your Contributions Help Millions

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Seeing taxes taken out of your paycheck can be confusing when you get your first paycheck. Understanding how important your contribution is can help. Your taxes are helping millions of Americans — wounded warriors, the chronically ill, and people with disabilities — as well as protecting you and your family for life. You can take pride in … Continue reading Your Contributions Help Millions

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Easily access your SSA-1099 for 2017

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security puts you in control of your finances and future. We have made requesting or replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S, is available for 2017 after February 1. Now that you have the ability to download it anytime and anywhere using our online services, … Continue reading Easily access your SSA-1099 for 2017

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Homestead Property Tax Credit

By Jadranko Tomic-Bobas,, Hotline Managing Attorney For many, living in Michigan is a dream come true. It has the perfect mix of recreation and industry, you get a beautiful blend of all four seasons, and wherever you are you are never far from a beautiful freshwater coastline. However, for many low income households, simply paying property taxes to live here can become an overwhelming financial burden. It is for this reason that … Continue reading Homestead Property Tax Credit

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Home Heating Tax Credit

By Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney One thing Michiganders love most about living in the beautiful state of Michigan is the ability to experience all four seasons in their full glory. Sometimes, we even get to experience them all in one day. However, the drawback to this is that the winters can be bitter, miserable and even dangerously cold, especially for many low-income families and households who … Continue reading Home Heating Tax Credit

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Don’t Have to File a Michigan Income Tax Return? Maybe You Should Anyway

by James Michael Curcio, Hotline Intern Many older Americans count themselves among the 45% of taxpayers who do not pay federal income tax, either because their income is too low or because their income is not taxable. While not owing federal taxes does not necessarily mean you do not owe state taxes, it is likely that if you are not filing a federal return, you … Continue reading Don’t Have to File a Michigan Income Tax Return? Maybe You Should Anyway

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Tips on Whether to File a 2015 Tax Return 

by Darling Garcia, J.D., Director of Operations April 18, 2016 is just around the corner. Most people file a tax return because they have to, but even if you don’t, there are times when you should. You may be eligible for a tax refund and not know it. Here are six tips to help you find out if you should file a tax return: General … Continue reading Tips on Whether to File a 2015 Tax Return 

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Step Forward Receives Additional Funding

by Katie Burns, J.D., Attorney, Housing Counselor, and HUD Certified Reverse Mortgage Counselor The Step Forward Michigan program has helped thousands of homeowners avoid mortgage, reverse mortgage, and property tax foreclosure. It was created in 2010, after Michigan received $498 million of the Hardest Hit Loan Fund established by the US Department of Treasury. Michigan homeowners with a qualifying hardship receive a mortgage lien and forgivable … Continue reading Step Forward Receives Additional Funding