Comptroller Reminds Taxpayers of October 15 Extension Deadline, Urges All to File Electronically

Free iFile Available at www.marylandtaxes.com

ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 7, 2010)- Comptroller Peter Franchot today reminded taxpayers who received a six-month extension on their 2009 personal income tax returns to file by the October 15 deadline. About 90,000 extension returns are expected to be filed this year by next Friday.

The Comptroller urged taxpayers to file for free by using his agency’s online filing service, iFile, available at www.marylandtaxes.com.

“Using iFile is fast, safe, easy and free,” said Comptroller Franchot. “In fact, taxpayers will receive their refund within a few days by filing electronically and choosing the direct deposit option.”

To qualify for the six-month extension, taxpayers who expected to owe a tax liability had to submit Form 502E with the projected amount due on that final return. However, if they anticipated a refund and filed a federal extension, no action had to be taken.

With approximately a week left to file before the extension deadline, more than 2.7 million tax returns have been filed for tax year 2009; approximately 1.7 million of them were filed electronically.

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