Marleau offering useful guide for tax season

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan residents who are getting ready to file their taxes and want current information can contact Sen. Jim Marleau’s office for a free taxpayer’s guide or can download the booklet from the senator’s 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.

“Filling out your tax forms can be a daunting exercise,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “This free guide can help make it a little easier.”

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.

Marleau said 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 clicking the Publications link, above.

Residents can also reserve a free copy by contacting Marleau’s office at 517-373-2417.

Kerri Kasem speaks in support of Marleau bill

LANSING, Mich. — The daughter of the late radio personality Casey Kasem testified in a Michigan Senate committee Tuesday in support of a bill sponsored by state Sen. Jim Marleau that would enable people to petition the court for visitation rights to adults.

Kerri Kasem spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of Senate Bill 713, which allows for a qualified person to petition the court for visitation of an isolated adult. An isolated adult is a person who has been denied visitation with a qualified individual.

Kerri Kasem was part of a tragic situation in which her father’s spouse denied Kerri and her siblings visitation with their father as his health deteriorated.

Kerri started the Kasem Cares Foundation to establish and fight for the rights to have visitation and reasonable access to an ailing parent, especially when under the care and control of an uncooperative spouse or sibling.

Marleau became aware of the Kasem family’s troubles and introduced SB 713 to make sure a situation similar to Kerri’s did not happen to Michigan families.

The committee voted unanimously to approve SB 713, which now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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