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11157: MI - Cities Using Common Form Do Not Use W2 Box 18


The taxpayer's city wages are not pulling from the local wage box.

If you are preparing a return for a Michigan city that uses the Common Form for municipal tax returns, you cannot use the local wage box 18 because of local tax laws. Common Form instructions direct that box 18 of Form W-2 is not to be used in reporting wages taxable to a city. Accordingly, for these city returns, the software does not use box 18 information. For an example of local requirements, see the Grand Rapids common form instructions for line 1.

Cities using the common form are listed on the Cities tab in the MI state software. For more information on proration of MI city wages, review the MI state software FAQ O Michigan City Returns, and KB article "Prorate MI Wages" (see Related Links below).

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