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Just for information purposes, Michigan was one of the last states to put the use tax question on its tax forms. Since it's inception, Michigan has collected over $2 million in revenue it would not have otherwise. So the question won't be going away soon.

I'm on a government legislative committee as a representation of tax professionals here in MI. Governor Engler did not instigate this tax, it's been on the books for years. Our Michigan congressmen and women make the laws. The treasury department is then instructed to enforce the laws. It is Treasury that decided to request use tax information on the tax returns. As I said before, MI was one of the last states to put the question on its tax returns. If you live here, then live with our tax laws; they're much worse in other states. Have you read the tax code in California, New York or Massachusetts for example?

I'm sorry you had a bad experience talking with a person in the Sales, Use & Withholding tax department. The folks who work for the Treasury are usually very helpful and courteous. You must have caught that person on a bad day. Obviously she wasn't internet literate if she had no idea who or what Amazon is.

If you have any questions you'd personally like to have addressed to the state, email me and I'll put them on our list when we have our annual meeting with them (usually in Sept). I meet with the Treasury folks who implement the laws. If you want a law changed or interpreted differently, then you have to go to your congressman or woman to seek legislation. The professional groups I'm in are not lobbyists, but we do communicate with our Michigan legislators and make them aware of our concerns and the areas we think need to be addressed. And currently the head of the taxation committee, Steven Veer, is an enrolled agent, thus has tax knowledge and understanding of where we preparers, who represent a goodly number of constituents, are coming from.
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