Comptroller’s Wheaton Office Open Saturday To Help Veterans, Disabled Taxpayers

All Invited to Stop In for Tax Assistance

Annapolis, MD (September 22, 2010) – Comptroller Peter Franchot announced today that his local branch office in Wheaton will be open this Saturday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide assistance to taxpayers, especially veterans and people with disabilities, in an effort to help people solve tax problems.

Following the lead of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who is hosting a nationwide Open House for Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, Comptroller employees will be on-site to assist taxpayers with outstanding liabilities and tax debt issues. Additionally, as the October 15 deadline approaches, the Comptroller’s trained professionals will be able to help those who filed for extensions prepare their state tax return.

“We have a great partnership with the IRS and like to accommodate Maryland taxpayers whenever possible,” said Comptroller Franchot. “Frequently, a person seeking help not only needs assistance with their federal taxes, but also with their state taxes. By opening our Wheaton office, which is near an IRS branch, taxpayers can receive assistance for both, state and federal tax returns, on the same day.”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will open 100 offices nationwide this Saturday, at least one in each state, to handle issues involving notices and payments, return preparation, audits and a variety of other issues. The location of the Comptroller’s Wheaton branch office and its phone number can be found here.  

Free, state tax assistance is available at all of the agency’s 12 taxpayer service offices, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Taxpayers can also download state tax forms, find helpful information and check the status of their refund by visiting the Comptroller’s Web site, or by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES for free state tax help Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

MEDIA CONTACT: Caron Brace, (410) 260-7438 (office), (410) 212-9414 (cell)