Enrolling clients for Michigan electronic filing

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Product support for Engagement CS is ending on September 30, 2020. See Engagement CS license expiration 2020 - frequently asked questions for more information.

Licenses for Payroll CS, Trial Balance CS, and Write-Up CS permanently expired on March 1, 2017.

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You can file Michigan unemployment insurance either as an Employer Representative (filing for each client individually) or as a Third-Party Administrator (filing for multiple clients using a bulk file format). The latter method requires that you upload a Power of Attorney file to the State of Michigan, to let them know which clients' files you will manage.

To enroll your clients for e-filing as a Third-Party Administrator, follow these steps.

  1. Set up a Third-Party Administrator account with the Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) online at www.michigan.gov/uia.
  2. Open the client in CSA and choose Utilities > Payroll Tax Processing and then either click the MI state flag icon on the shortcut bar or choose View > Michigan.
  3. Choose File > e-Enrollment.
  4. Verify the client's UIA account number and FEIN.
  5. In the POA start date and POA end date fields, enter the dates for the Power of Attorney to begin and end. These dates are used within the enrollment file and are required.
  6. To specify the functions your firm will handle for the client and whether or not your firm will have power of attorney over a function for that client, mark the appropriate checkboxes.
    • Account Maintenance.
    • Tax Issues and Assessments.
    • POA: Confidential Information.
    • POA: Sign Returns.
    • POA: Oral/Written Communication.
    • POA: Agreements.
    • POA: Receive Tax Forms.

    Note: Some additional enrollment options within the file default to Yes or No and cannot be modified from the application. Those fields are as follows.

    • Reports and Payments. Defaults to Yes.
    • Benefit Services. Defaults to No.
    • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). Defaults to No.
    • WOTC Begin Date. Defaults to blank.
    • WOTC End Date. Defaults to blank.
    • Receives Claims Control Forms. Defaults to No.
    • Receives Contested Claims Forms. Defaults to No.
  7. Click the Create button.
  8. From the e-Enrollment screen, choose File > Save to Submittable Format.

    Note: When you click the Create File button, the application saves the enrollment data to an encrypted file for security. Using the Save to Submittable Format command removes the encryption from the file so it can be sent to and accepted by the agency. To view the decrypted file, choose File > Preview.

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Michigan Payroll Tax module

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Michigan e-filing

State Payroll Tax modules in CSA

Processing state payroll tax forms

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