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Computer Programs With Problems Filing 2012 GR Income Tax Returns
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Contact: John Schaut
Income Tax Administrator
City of Grand Rapids
(616) 456-3415
 

Problems with Filing of 2012 Grand Rapids Income Tax Returns using Computerized Income Tax Preparation Products
 

The vast majority of income tax returns filed with the City of Grand Rapids are prepared using computerized income tax preparation software available online or purchased at local retail stores.
 

The Grand Rapids Income Tax Department has been receiving telephone and email inquiries from taxpayers using computerized income tax preparation software concerned over messages like "Forms Not Approved, Do Not File" that are printed on the Grand Rapids income tax return forms.
 

These messages are printed when the software has not been approved by the Internal Revenue Service, State of Michigan Department of Treasury or the City of Grand Rapids Income Tax Department. Each year the City interacts with approximately 20 vendors or developers of computerized income tax preparation software.
 

Developers of computerized income tax preparation software have been scrambling to update their 2012 software products to comply with tax law changes made by Congress in January under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). Also the IRS announced that will begin processing individual income tax returns on January 30.
 

Users of computerized income tax preparation software like TurboTax are strongly encouraged to check their software vendor’s support site frequently to download software updates for their software. Taxpayers are advised to delay the filing of their 2012 income tax return until the messages like "Forms not approved, do not file" are cleared.
 

These watermark messages interfere with the electronic processing of income tax returns and returns submitted with these messages will be substantially delayed.

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