Comptroller Franchot: “Eliminating Personal Tax Liabilities Just a Mouse Click Away”

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Annapolis, MD (October 22, 2007) – Comptroller Peter Franchot announced today that taxpayers can now eliminate personal tax liabilities through the click of a mouse by using Bill Pay, the newest online innovation designed to streamline the tax payment process.

“Our highest priority at the Comptroller’s Office is to provide efficient and timely service to Maryland taxpayers,” said Comptroller Franchot. “I urge anyone who is eligible to take advantage of Bill Pay. It is fast, easy and secure.”

Bill Pay allows taxpayers to log into their tax account online by providing their name and Social Security number and to make direct debit payments for personal tax liabilities dating back to 1979. Taxpayers with liabilities dating before 2007 will be required to make immediate payment, as all current liabilities are past due. However, beginning in 2008, individuals who have a liability for tax year 2007 will be able to select a payment date up until the tax deadline of April 15.

Over the next several months, the Comptroller’s Office hopes to make this service available to additional liabilities including sales and use, withholding and corporate taxes. Taxpayers receiving notices from the agency will be encouraged to pay online using Bill Pay. Additionally, the Comptroller’s Office currently accepts credit card payments for tax liabilities but through a third party vendor, Official Payments.

In August, Comptroller Franchot unveiled two additional online services now available to taxpayers, which allow them the option of establishing direct debit payment plans for personal income tax liabilities as well as submitting hearing appeal requests. Bill Pay is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week from any home, office or public access point at www.marylandtaxes.com.

Contact: Warren Hansen, 410-260-7082 (office), 240-315-7159 (cell)