With Less Than One Month Away From April 15th Deadline, More Than Half of Taxpayers Still To File

Comptroller Urges Maryland Taxpayers to E-File for Quick Refunds; Provides Checklist to Help Prevent Errors

Annapolis, Md. (March 16, 2015) – With the tax-filing deadline less than a month away, Comptroller Peter Franchot encouraged taxpayers who have yet to file to take advantage of all the conveniences of electronic filing.

“I want to encourage all taxpayers to file electronically,” Comptroller Franchot said. “It is the best way to ensure a quick refund and allows taxpayers who owe money to delay payment until April 30.”

To date, more than 1.24 million taxpayers have filed their personal tax returns electronically with more than 48,000 filing via paper. Based on 3.04 million returns filed last year, the returns filed so far represent 42 percent of last year’s total.

The Comptroller urges Marylanders to file electronically to ensure they receive their refund within days as opposed to weeks, as more than 1.24 million taxpayers already have taken his advice. To date, refund payments of more than $941 million have been issued to more than 969,000 taxpayers.

Comptroller Franchot also wants to make sure taxpayers are aware that simple mistakes in filing can significantly slow down the processing of a tax return and refund. To ensure an accurate return, taxpayers should remember to:

• Check Social Security numbers.
• Verify bank account (checking/saving) and routing numbers for direct deposit refunds and direct debit payments.
• Double-check calculations and
• Include all pertinent information including relevant forms and documents, such as the W-2 form.
Although electronic filing is strongly preferred, taxpayers filing paper returns should follow all the tips provided above, as well as remember to:
• Write legibly, or type
• Use a pen
• Sign the tax return

Electronic filing saves the state significant money in processing costs. Each paper return costs the state more than $2 to process, compared to 19 cents for e-filed returns resulting in savings of millions of dollars each year.

Free, state tax assistance is available at all of the agency’s 12 taxpayer service offices, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For branch location information, please visit marylandtaxes.com.

The agency’s call center offers extended hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 15, returning to normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. thereafter. To check the status of a refund by phone, please call, 1-800-218-8160 or 410-260-7701. Refund status can also be obtained by visiting the agency’s website at marylandtaxes.com.

For more information on electronic filing or any other tax-related matter, please go to the Comptroller’s website or call 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) outside of Central Maryland.

Media Contact: Barbara Sauers, 410-260-7438 (office) and 410-212-9414 (cell)