Dear Neighbor,

It continues to be an honor serving you in the State Senate, and I look forward to all this year holds — the many conversations with constituents, movement on important legislation, exciting events around District 11, and more.

As you work to file your federal and state income taxes — due by April 15, 2024 — I hope you find the information contained in this newsletter helpful in maximizing your return. Please know my office is available to assist you and connect you to other resources as you work through this process.

As always, should you ever need assistance communicating with the Treasury department or any other state agency throughout the year, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and my office — we are here to serve you. You can contact me at 517-373-7670, by email at, or through my website online at


Veronica Klinefelt
State Senator
District 11

For federal returns, the IRS’ official website is, and they will only reach out to you through regular mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. The Michigan Department of Treasury’s official website is, but they also have a dedicated tax page at Visit for more information and to learn additional ways to protect yourself from tax scams.

Charitable Contributions
In most cases, you can claim the full amount you give to an IRS-qualified organization as an itemized deduction on your federal taxes. Since 2012, however, credits for certain donations are no longer available on your Michigan tax return. Be sure to check with or your tax preparer, if applicable.

Home Ownership
Costs such as property taxes and points paid to get a lower home loan interest rate are deductible, as is interest on home equity loans up to a certain threshold. Your deduction is generally limited if all mortgages used to buy, construct, or improve your first home (and second home, if applicable) total $750,000. Mortgages that existed before December 14, 2017, will continue to receive the same tax treatment as under the old rules.

Medical Expenses and Other Deductions
Medical costs — including costs associated with preventative care, surgeries, dental, vision, psychologist visits, hearing aids and more — that exceed 7.5% of your federal adjusted gross income may be claimed on your taxes. Be sure to include them as itemized deductions. You may also qualify for deductions from student loan interest, child and dependent care, mortgage interest and more.

To learn more details, visit

Small Business Expenses
Generally, most types of business insurance, the cost of utilities, rent payments, expenses related to the purchase and upkeep of company-owned vehicles, office supplies and furniture are all tax deductible. Visit for more details.

Veterans and Their Families
Nearly 568,000 veterans call Michigan home. So many put their life on the line — sacrificing their comfort and safety — to defend our ideals of liberty and democracy. After their service to our state and nation, it’s our responsibility to ensure they have the benefits they deserve. A 2023 reform requires a property tax exemption on real property used and owned as a homestead by a disabled veteran — or a veteran’s surviving spouse — to remain in effect, until rescinded by the individual granted the exemption or denied by the assessor.

Understand Refund Timing
The IRS processed more than 90 million tax returns last year. Nevertheless, they are very efficient at turning returns and payments around in 21 days for those who file electronically. If you mail in a paper return, the IRS has warned it can take as long as six months or more to process. However you file, you can check the status of your refund through the “Where’s My Refund?” page on the IRS website. Visit for more details

Free Credit Report
Access your free report at: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is reminding residents that they can access free weekly credit reports from each of the three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. The program was initiated in 2020 after the pandemic put many people’s finances in dire straits. After two extensions, the program is now permanent.

Credit reports contain the financial and personal data used by businesses and potential creditors to assess an individual’s financial fitness for rentals, house and vehicle financing, insurance or even a job. The approval of your application could be impacted by inaccurate information, and it benefits residents to be knowledgeable about what is in their credit report. The free weekly credit report can be accessed from, the only official site for free credit reports authorized by federal law. Other sites offer free credit reports, though residents should exercise caution and watch for fraudulent sites designed to steal your money or your personal information.

To make a formal complaint, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (517) 335-7599.

Clean Energy Provisions in the Federal Inflation Reduction Act
In August 2022, President Joe Biden signed the federal Inflation Reduction Act into law, which includes nearly two dozen tax provisions designed to save families money on their tax and energy bills, while accelerating the deployment of clean energy, clean vehicles, clean buildings, and clean manufacturing. As you file your 2024 taxes, keep deductible items in mind.

Home Clean Electricity Improvements
If you made qualified energy-efficient improvements to your home after Jan. 1, 2023, you may qualify for a tax credit up to $3,200. Some of the qualified improvements include:

  • Solar panels for electricity from a local provider.
  • Home back-up power battery storage with capacity of 3 kWh or greater.
  • Electric or natural gas heat pumps and water heaters; central air conditioners; natural gas, propane or oil water heaters, furnaces or hot water boilers that meet or exceed the specific efficiency tiers established by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency.
  • Insulation materials and systems that meet International Energy Conservation Code standards.
  • Exterior windows that meet Energy Star’s Most Efficient requirements.

Electric Vehicle Credits
Michiganders who have purchased a new electric vehicle, qualified plug-in EV or fuel cell electric vehicle may qualify for a credit up to $7,500. Please note that eligible vehicles must meet critical mineral and battery component requirements. To qualify, your adjusted gross income either this year or last year must be below the following thresholds to qualify: $300,000 for married couples filing jointly, $225,000 for heads of households or $150,000 for all other filers. For an interactive guide to energy credits available under the Inflation Reduction Act, visit

Federal Assistance With Tax Preparation
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a Free File Program, which lets qualified taxpayers prepare and file federal income tax returns online using tax preparation software. It’s safe, easy and no cost to you. It provides two ways to prepare and file your federal income tax online for free:

Guided Tax Preparation
The guided option provides free online tax preparation and filing at an IRS partner site. Their partners deliver this service at no cost to qualifying taxpayers. Taxpayers whose adjusted gross income (AGI) is $73,000 or less qualify for a free federal tax return.

Free File Fillable Forms
Those whose gross income is greater than $73,000 can take advantage of Free File Fillable Forms — electronic federal tax forms, equivalent to a paper 1040 form. You can learn how to prepare your own tax return using form instructions and IRS publications if needed.

Local Assistance With Tax Preparation
MI Free Tax Help Eligible Michigan residents across the state can connect with a free tax preparation expert who can help you claim all the tax credits available, at no cost to you, ever. Simply call 2-1-1 on any phone or visit The website is powered by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan and the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition. These organizations are committed to improving access to free, high-quality income tax preparation assistance and promoting personal financial stability and asset-building.

MiABLE Savings Account
The MiABLE Disability Savings Program was created to allow individuals with disabilities and their families to save funds for Qualified Disability Expenses that support health, independence and quality of life without jeopardizing eligibility for necessary federal benefits.

An individual is eligible if they became disabled or blind before the age of 26, and either is currently entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or gets a disability certification under rules the U.S. Treasury will write. For more information or to set up your account, visit