Michigan Payroll Tax module

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Important reminder!

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.

Some processes documented in the Help & How-To Center are no longer applicable, due to the discontinuation of Creative Solutions Accounting.

The Michigan Payroll Tax module supports the following forms as well as SUTA file creation:

Choose Utilities > Payroll Tax Processing and then either click the MI state flag icon on the shortcut bar or choose View > Michigan. Click the appropriate tab to access the desired form. (Michigan must be selected in the Payroll tab of the Client Properties dialog in order for the MI flag to appear on the shortcut bar.)


  • After setting up a Third-Party Administrator account via the Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) website at www.michigan.gov/uia, you can use the Power-of-Attorney upload file to associate clients with your third-party account so that you can bulk file and perform other functions for your Michigan clients. To upload the Power-of-Attorney Enrollment file, choose File > e-Enrollment.
  • Payroll tax processing data is kept in separate files, so any changes made to the retrieved data will not carry back to your payroll data.
  • CSA no longer calculates penalty and interest amounts for Michigan Form 160 and Form 165. A penalty and interest calculator is available on the United States Department of the Treasury website.
  • Some information entered in the Personal/W-2 tab of the Employees window affects Form 1028. If an employee has an inactive date entered and has no wages in the period retrieved, the Delete column is marked for that employee in the Wage Detail Report. If the Family of Owner checkbox is marked for the employee, then an F is placed in the Status column in the Wage Detail Report. You can change this information by clicking the Personal/W-2 tab of the Setup > Employees window.
  • CSA creates Michigan SUTA files in bulk filing format. SUTA files created using this format must be filed via an internet connection.
  • When state SUTA files are created, they are automatically encrypted for security and stored in the \CSASYS\MAGMEDIA\year \Q# folder (where # represents the filing quarter). Before submitting these files to the appropriate agency, you must use the Save to Submittable Format command, at which point the files are decrypted. Using the Restore from Submittable Format option encrypts the files once again. You can use the preview function to view the decrypted files.

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Special information

For each state that you will be processing for a client, you must first enter the two-character state postal code in the Payroll tab of the File > Client Properties dialog.

To have the application calculate SUTA amounts and the SUTA Worksheet report, the state field(s) need to be completed for the applicable state(s) for each employee in the Other tab of the Setup > Employees window.

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Related topics

Michigan supplemental payroll tax information

Processing the Michigan New Hire file

Enrolling clients for Michigan electronic filing

Michigan e-filing

Processing state payroll tax forms

State Payroll Tax modules in CSA

Creating a SUTA file for a payroll tax form

Unemployment file formats by state

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