November 30, 2007
3125 Tecumseh River Rd
Lansing, MI 48906
Robert J. Kleine, State Treasurer
Michigan Department of Treasury
Lansing, Michigan 48922
Dear Mr. Kleine,
In early November, I sent you a Freedom of Information
request asking for the totals for all returns of each of the “subtractions
from income”, lines 8-19 of Schedule 1 of MI-1040. I asked for the figures
for tax year 2006 or the most recent year for which complete figures are
available. A copy of the response from Carla Robert is enclosed.
I find it hard to believe that Treasury does not have
these figures, although the fact that they don’t exist in your report on Tax
Credits, Deductions and Exemptions certainly seems to support that fact. It
just seems strange that you would collect that information on the MI-1040
and then not compile it.
If you don’t have the figures, I would hope that you
would make the system changes necessary to get them. The information is very
helpful to policy makers and citizens like me who are interested making our
tax system fair and efficient.
Also missing from the Tax Credits, Deductions and
Exemptions report on your website was a breakdown of the revenue loss from
special exemptions. I would like to know the number of senior and disabled
exemptions and the revenue loss from each.
If you have any questions, you may reach me by phone at
323-3897 in Lansing or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very truly yours,