ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 14, 2017) – With the tax-filing deadline set for Tuesday, April 18, Comptroller Peter Franchot encourages taxpayers who have yet to submit their returns to file electronically for faster processing, quicker refunds and extended payment options. This year, taxpayers have three extra days to file; the deadline is April 18 due to the traditional April 15 deadline falling on a Saturday and the observance of Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 17.
“The best way to ensure that you receive a quick refund is to file electronically,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Filing electronically also allows taxpayers who owe money to delay electronic debit payments until April 30.”
To date, more than 1.9 million taxpayers have filed their personal tax returns electronically with more than 190,000 filing via paper. Last year, 3.2 million returns were processed.
The Comptroller urges Marylanders to file electronically to ensure they receive their refund within days as opposed to weeks. So far this tax season, refund payments of more than $1.5 billion have been issued to more than 1.5 million taxpayers.
Comptroller Franchot also asks taxpayers to review their returns carefully before filing, as simple mistakes can significantly slow down the processing of a tax return and issuance of a 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, 8:30 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 18, 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 visit 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: Joe Shapiro, 410-260-7305 (office) and 443-871-2244 (cell)
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