Comptroller to Promote Summer Tourism in Visits Across Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 21, 2018) - With summer fast approaching and vacation plans being made, Comptroller Peter Franchot will travel across the state this week ahead of Memorial Day – the unofficial start of summer – to promote Maryland tourism and highlight some of the family-friendly destinations from the mountains to the ocean and everything in between.

“As the state’s chief fiscal officer, I see the incredible impact that the tourism industry has on our economy and our revenues,” said Comptroller Franchot. “Maryland has so much to offer this summer, regardless of where you live. Families can visit the beach and charming bayside towns on the Eastern Shore, the idyllic mountains of Western Maryland and the historic museums and terrific attractions in Baltimore City – just to name a few destinations across our great state.”

The Comptroller will make the following visits this week:

Tuesday, May 22:

  • Salisbury Zoo: 755 South Park Drive, Salisbury, MD
  • Fish Tales: 2207 Herring Way, Ocean City, MD

Wednesday, May 23:

  • Simon Pearce Factory Store and Glassblowing Workshop: 265 Glass Drive, Oakland, MD
  • Lakeside Creamery: 20282 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD

Thursday, May 24:

  • B&O Railroad Museum: 901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
  • Baltimore Museum of Art: 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD
  • Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture: 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
  • National Aquarium: 501 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
  • Sandlot: 1000 Wills Street, Baltimore, MD

Times and additional details about each visit will be released via media advisories as the week progresses.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Joseph Shapiro -  jshapiro@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-7305 (office); 443-871-2244 (mobile)

Alan Brody –  abrody@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (mobile)

Comptroller’s Agents Cite Prince George’s County Stores

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 14, 2018) - Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that agents from the Field Enforcement Division (FED) seized other tobacco products (OTP) and cited two Prince George’s County retail operations for selling untaxed products. A total of 18,408 sticks of OTP and 300 containers of (loose tobacco) OTP were confiscated with a value of $20,829 and representing a tax loss to the state of $13,608.

“This is the fourth major seizure my Field Enforcement Division agents have completed since April, and they will continue to keep Maryland’s citizens from being ripped off by those trying to cheat them,” said Comptroller Franchot.

The following store owners were charged:

  • Discount Mart Convenience Store: 5003 A. Marlboro Pike, Capital Heights, MD 20743, owned by Mehboob-ul Haq Chowdhury, 35, of Suitland; inspected May 9 with 14,734 sticks and 300 containers of (loose tobacco) untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $17,164 and representing a tax loss of $11,043.20. Chowdhury was charged with willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products.
  • Discount Cigarettes I: 5742 Silver Hill Road, District Heights, MD 20747, owned by Jason Yongjin Chung, 39, of Stafford, VA; inspected May 10 with 3,665 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $3,665 and representing a tax loss of $2,565. Chung was charged with willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products.

In Maryland, a retailer can only lawfully possess and sell non-premium cigars purchased from a licensed Maryland wholesaler of OTP. Retailers must possess invoices for all OTP inventory indicating that the Maryland excise tax had been paid to the state by the wholesaler.

So far for fiscal year 2018, which started July 1, 2017, FED agents have arrested and charged 150 individuals for various tobacco violations as a result of discovering 139 instances of violations of Maryland’s tobacco laws. These arrests have resulted in the seizure of 169,314 packs of contraband cigarettes and the seizure of 463,153 sticks of untaxed OTP. The seized items are valued at $1,571,785.40 and representing a tax loss to the state of $735,585.60.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Joseph Shapiro -  jshapiro@comp.state.md.us                                                      410-260-7305 (office); 443-871-2244 (mobile)

Alan Brody –  abrody@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (mobile)

Your ‘Taken’ Unclaimed Property Can Be Found at Summer Fairs

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 8, 2018) - Comptroller Peter Franchot and agency staff will demonstrate a particular set of skills this summer and fall at local fairs and festivals to help reunite Marylanders find their “Taken” Unclaimed Property, which includes abandoned bank accounts, security deposits, insurance benefits and items in safe deposit boxes.

“If I find your unclaimed property now, that will be the end of it,” Comptroller Franchot says in his latest Unclaimed Property video based on the 2008 movie starring Liam Neeson. “If you don’t claim it, I’ll keep looking for you. I will find you. And I will return your money and your property to you.”

Last summer, 3,770 people at fairs and festivals throughout the state checked out the agency’s Unclaimed Property booth looking for their property on the annually published list. Of that total, 567 people discovered and received more than $470,000 in unclaimed funds. One Baltimore County resident attending the Maryland State Fair found $71,517.

This year’s Unclaimed Property inserts, which is running in more than 30 newspapers across the state, lists 79,110 accounts worth more than $62 million. Individuals and businesses can also search the online Unclaimed Property database.

Taking a creative approach to raising awareness about the Unclaimed Property program, Comptroller Franchot has appeared as “The Franchot Zone,” “Sheriff Franchot,” “Sherlock Franchot and “The Most Interesting Man in Maryland.” This year’s cover features him from the movie “Taken.”

Financial institutions, insurance companies and corporations are required by law to notify the Comptroller’s Office of any property that has gone unclaimed, or without activity, for more than three years. Once reported to the agency, staff works to locate the rightful owners to match them with their property. Funds are available to be claimed at any time, with no statute of limitations.

In Fiscal Year 2017, the Comptroller’s Office honored nearly 52,719 claims totaling more than $76 million. Since 2007, the Comptroller’s Office has returned more than $661 million in Unclaimed Property.

A list of upcoming fairs and festivals can be found here.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Joseph Shapiro -  jshapiro@comp.state.md.us                                                      410-260-7305 (office); 443-871-2244 (mobile)

Alan Brody –  abrody@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (mobile)

FED Agents Cite Stores in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 8, 2018) - Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that agents from the Field Enforcement Division (FED) seized untaxed other tobacco products (OTP) and cited six retail operations in Baltimore and two in Prince George’s County in late April through early May. A total of 18,183 untaxed sticks of OTP were confiscated with a value of $18,183 and representing a tax loss of $12,847.

“The work my Field Enforcement Division agents and inspectors do each and every day helps to keep Maryland’s citizens from being ripped off by those trying to cheat them,” Comptroller Peter Franchot said.

The following store owners and clerks were charged:

  • BP Gas Station, 6019 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206, owned by Asif Ayub, 47, Baltimore; inspected May 3 with 2,233 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $2,233 and representing a tax loss of $1,563.10. Ayub was charged with willful possession, sale of offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products, and clerk Tamer Farid Abdalla, 35, of Baltimore, was charged with selling unpackaged cigarettes.
  • H&C Market, 1946 Penrose Ave., Baltimore, MD 21223, owned by Shia Ying Lin, 41, Baltimore; inspected April 30 with 1,250 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $1,250 and representing a tax loss of $875. Lin was charged with willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products, and clerk Bao Ying Lin, 44, Baltimore, was charged with selling unpackaged cigarettes.
  • Hillen Grocery Store, 1900 E. 31st Street, Baltimore, MD 21218; inspected April 27; clerk Xiaoyon Ouyang, 32, of Baltimore, was charged with selling unpackaged cigarettes.
  • Harford Mini Mart, 4600 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214, owned by Omar Alawgarey, 44, of Baltimore; inspected April 25 with 910 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $910 and representing a tax loss of $637. Alawgary was charged with willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products, and clerk Mohamed Nouraldin, 40, of Baltimore, was charged with selling unpacked cigarettes.
  • A Plus Convenience Store, 3745 W. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215, owned by Kyoo Han, 70, of Glen Burnie; inspected April 24 with 755 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $755 and representing a tax loss of $528.50. Han was charged with willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products.
  • Brothers Deli and Grocery, 3448 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21213, owned by Hamzah Nagi, 22, of Baltimore; inspected April 19 with 2,383 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $2,383 and representing a tax loss of $1,668.10. Nagi was charged with willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products.
  • Quick Mart, 5805 Silver Hill Road, Suite 1, District Heights, Prince George’s County, MD 20747; inspected April 25 with 8,211 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $8,686, 46 and representing a tax loss of $5,866.46. Clerk Abdul Wahab, 32, of Columbia, was charged with willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products.
  • Dollar Store Plus Food, 3512 Old Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Prince George’s County; inspected April 24 with 2,441 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $2,441 and representing a tax loss of $1,708.70. Store manager Erzik Adem, 46, of Arlington, VA 22206, was charged with willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products.

In Maryland, a retailer can only lawfully possess and sell non-premium cigars purchased from a licensed Maryland wholesaler of OTP. Retailers must possess invoices for all OTP inventory indicating that the Maryland excise tax had been paid to the state by the wholesaler.

So far for fiscal year 2018, which started July 1, 2017, FED agents have arrested and charged 148 individuals for various tobacco violations as a result of discovering 137 instances of violations of Maryland’s tobacco laws. These arrests have resulted in the seizure of 169,314 packs of contraband cigarettes and the seizure of 448,053 sticks of untaxed OTP. The seized items are valued at $1,550,956.40 and representing a tax loss to the state of $720,877.40.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Joseph Shapiro -  jshapiro@comp.state.md.us                                                      410-260-7305 (office); 443-871-2244 (mobile)

Alan Brody –  abrody@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (mobile)

Takoma Park Man Charged with Cigarette Smuggling

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 4, 2018) - Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that officers from his Field Enforcement Division (FED) assisted Maryland State Police (MSP) JFK Barrack PACE Team Wednesday evening with a traffic stop on Interstate 95 North in Cecil County. Agents seized 12,370 packs of unstamped cigarettes valued at nearly $80,000 and a vehicle.

At 6:24 p.m., MSP Cpl. Brian Hinsch stopped a 2018 Dodge Ram pick-up truck registered in Virginia for a traffic violation. Hinsch discovered the contraband cigarettes and notified the Comptroller’s Office’s FED agents.

The driver, Jermaine Shabazz Grant, 44, of Takoma Park, was arrested and charged with a felony count of transporting unstamped cigarettes and a misdemeanor count of possession of unstamped cigarettes.

Agents seized 12,370 packs of unstamped cigarettes and the vehicle used in transportation. The seized cigarettes are valued at $79,786.50 and represent a tax loss to the state of $24,740.

Grant posted a $3,000 unsecured bond and was released on Thursday.

To date for fiscal year 2018, which started July, 1, 2017, FED agents have arrested and charged 148 individuals for various tobacco violations as a result of discovering 137 instances of violations of Maryland’s tobacco laws.  These arrests have resulted in the seizure of 169,314 packs of contraband cigarettes and the seizure of 448,053 sticks of Untaxed Other Tobacco Products (OTP).  The seized items are valued at $1,550,956.40 and represents a tax loss to the State of Maryland $720,877.40.

Photos available upon request.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Joseph Shapiro -  jshapiro@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-7305 (office); 443-871-2244 (mobile)

Alan Brody –  abrody@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (mobile)

Has Your Unclaimed Property Been Taken?

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 1, 2018) - Do you think your property has been Taken? Comptroller Peter Franchot is continuing his quest to reunite Marylanders with their unclaimed property. He knows who you are. He knows what you want. He doesn’t have money for everyone, but he will return property to those who do.

“I have a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a dream for people like you,” Comptroller Franchot says in his latest Unclaimed Property video based on the 2008 movie starring Liam Neeson.

This year’s Unclaimed Property inserts, which will run in more than 30 newspapers across the state, lists 79,110 accounts worth more than $62 million. Individuals and businesses can also search the online Unclaimed Property database. Comptroller Franchot made this vow:

“If I find your unclaimed property now, that will be the end of it. If you don’t claim it, I’ll keep looking for you. I will find you. And I will return your money and your property to you.”

In fiscal year 2017, the Comptroller’s Office honored nearly 52,719 claimed totaling more than $76 million. Since 2007, the Comptroller’s Office has returned more than $661 million in unclaimed property to the proper owners.

The Unclaimed Property list is full of possessions and financial payoffs that banks, insurance companies and financial institutions were unable to return to the rightful owners. Any of the goods not claimed by their owners eventually go to the State.

The Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property division will help you to find the items among the old bank accounts, stocks and bonds, jewelry and other contents of safe deposit boxes. The belongings of value – be they monetary, sentimental or a little of both – will be returned to their rightful claimants.

The Comptroller appears on the cover of the 192-page insert that will begin appearing in some newspapers today. The annual Unclaimed Property video is a complementary effort to draw attention to the campaign. In previous years, Comptroller Franchot appeared as “The Franchot Zone,” “Sheriff Franchot,” “Sherlock Franchot” and “The Most Interesting Man in Maryland.”

Along with the Unclaimed Property list, which is published annually as required by law, the Comptroller’s Office searches tax records and Motor Vehicle Administration files to try and locate property owners. The agency also has a booth at the Maryland State Fair and other events throughout the year to allow people to check the Unclaimed Property database.

Financial institutions, insurance companies and corporations are required to notify the Comptroller’s Office of any property that has gone unclaimed or without activity for more than three years. This is usually wages, bank accounts, stocks or dividends, life insurance policies or from safe deposit boxes. When the Comptroller’s Office receives property that isn’t monetary, as required by state law, the items are appraised and then auctioned off on eBay. The proceeds are held for the owner in perpetuity. Funds are available to be claimed at any time with no statute of limitations, and are not subject to taxes.

Franchot urges anyone who finds their name on the list to contact his office at 410-767-1700 (Central Maryland) or toll-free at 1-800-782-7383, to find out how to reclaim their lost property.

In total, the agency has more than 1.3 million accounts worth more than $1.6 billion in its Unclaimed Property accounts.

View the Unclaimed Property Spring 2018 advertising schedule here.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Joseph Shapiro -  jshapiro@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-7305 (office); 443-871-2244 (mobile)

Alan Brody –  abrody@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (mobile)

Comptroller’s Agents Confiscate Nearly $60K in Tobacco Products

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 23, 2018) - Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that agents from his Field Enforcement Division (FED) assisted in a traffic stop and conducted investigations of three retail stores resulting in the confiscation of nearly $60,000 worth of tobacco products.

At 1 p.m. on April 18, FED agents assisted Master Trooper C.W. Miller stopped a 2017 Dodge Caravan registered in Missouri for a traffic violation on Interstate 81 just south of Exit 9 in Hagerstown. Agents seized 7,700 packs of unstamped cigarettes as well as the van. The seized cigarettes are valued at $49,655, representing a tax loss to state of $15,400.

The driver, Jesuel Mariano Paulino, 23, of High Point, NC, faces a felony charge of transporting unstamped cigarettes and a misdemeanor charge of possession of unstamped cigarettes. He was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

“I again applaud the round-the-clock efforts of the Maryland State Police and my FED officers for stopping cigarette smugglers who are trying to cheat Maryland and its citizens,” Comptroller Franchot said.

On April 17 and 18, FED agents and inspectors seized untaxed other tobacco products (OTP) valued at a total of more than $8,985 during separate inspections at stores in Prince George’s and Baltimore counties as well as Baltimore City.

Three men face a criminal citation of willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed tobacco products. They are:

  • Abdul Ahad Polash, 36, of District Heights, store clerk at DC Mini Mart LLC: 2319A Varnum Street in Mount Ranier; 8,002 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $8,002 and representing a tax loss of $5,601.40.
  • Rabindra Adhikari, 37, of Baltimore, owner of Yogi and Rabindra Inc.: 9117B Belair Road in Nottingham; 503 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $503 and a tax loss of $352.10.
  • Maxi Guzman, 38, of Baltimore, store manager at J&R Grocery & Deli Inc.: 1245 North Patterson Park Avenue in Baltimore; 480 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $480 and a tax loss of $336.

Retailers must possess invoices for all OTP inventory indicating that the Maryland excise tax had been paid to the state by the wholesaler.

To date in fiscal year 2018, which began on July, 1, 2017, FED Agents have arrested and charged 135 individuals for various tobacco violations as a result of discovering 126 instances of violations of Maryland’s tobacco laws. These arrests have resulted in the seizure of 156,817 packs of contraband cigarettes and the seizure of 429,546 sticks of OTP. The seized items are valued at $1,469,474.84 and represents a $688,888.63 tax loss to the State of Maryland.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Joseph Shapiro -  jshapiro@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-7305 (office); 443-871-2244 (mobile)

Alan Brody –  abrody@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (mobile)

$75,000 in Tobacco Products Result From Two Arrests, Two Retail Busts

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 18, 2018) - Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that agents from his Field Enforcement Division (FED) have assisted in a traffic stop and conducted investigations of two retail stores resulting in the confiscation of tobacco products valued at nearly $75,000.

At 11:10 p.m. on April 11, FED agents assisted MSP Sgt. Mike Conner who stopped a 2014 Dodge Ram pick-up truck registered in North Carolina on northbound I-95 at Northeast Road in Northeast, Cecil County. Agents seized 10,770 packs of unstamped cigarettes and the truck. The seized cigarettes are valued at $69,466.50, representing a tax loss to state of $21,540.

The driver Nely M. Rodriguez-Marte, 45, of Bronx, NY, and her son, Jose Luis, Galabert-Rodriguez, 21, also of the Bronx, were arrested and taken before a court commissioner. Each faces a felony charge of transporting unstamped cigarettes and a misdemeanor charge of possession of unstamped cigarettes. Rodriguez-Marte was released on $350 cash bond and Galabert-Rodriguez was released on $150 cash bond.

“I appreciate the efforts of the Maryland State Police and my FED officers in stopping these kinds of cigarette smugglers trying to cheat Maryland and its citizens,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Combatting the flow of illegal cigarettes in our state is a 24/7 job and I thank the officers who do it.”

On April 13, FED agents and inspectors seized untaxed other tobacco products (OTP) of non-premium and a small quantity of premium cigars, valued at a total of more than $5,500, during separate inspections at stores in Baltimore City and Baltimore County

Each store’s owner faces a criminal citation of willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed tobacco products. They are:

  • Yonas Tesfamariam, 48, of Washington, D.C., owner of N&S Grocery Store, LLC, at 3233 Belair Road, Baltimore; 1,332 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $1,332 and representing a tax loss of $932.40.
  • Dinup Gnyawali, 30, of Columbia, MD, owner of GP and Brothers Inc., trading as Cigs and Cigars, 36 Kingston Road, Middle River, Baltimore County; 3,386 sticks of untaxed OTP seized with a retail value of $4,188.71 and a tax loss of $2,559.41.

Retailers must possess invoices for all OTP inventory indicating that the Maryland excise tax had been paid to the state by the wholesaler.

To date in fiscal year 2018, which started July, 1, 2017, FED Agents have arrested and charged 130 individuals for various tobacco violations as a result of discovering 122 instances of violations of Maryland’s tobacco laws. These arrests have resulted in the seizure of 149,117 packs of contraband cigarettes and the seizure of 420,607 sticks of OTP. The seized items are valued at $1,391,069.34 and represents a tax loss to the State of Maryland $661,091.33.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Joseph Shapiro -  jshapiro@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-7305 (office); 443-871-2244 (mobile)

Alan Brody –  abrody@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (mobile)

Comptroller Extends Tax Filing Deadline by 24 Hours to April 18

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 18, 2018) – Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced today that the filing deadline for 2017 tax returns has been extended 24 hours through midnight tonight, April 18. This is in response to the outage of the IRS’ online tax processing and payment platform yesterday.

The IRS encountered issues Tuesday morning with its online system. Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.

“Maryland taxpayers who were affected by the IRS’ website outage yesterday can rest assured that you have another day to file your taxes, as they needed federal tax return information to file their Maryland tax return in our system,” said Franchot. “Taxpayers can continue to use our iFile system without disruption.”

Taxpayers are encouraged to file their returns electronically on marylandtaxes.gov for the fastest possible processing and to ensure they receive all possible refunds. Free state tax assistance is available at all of the agency’s 12 taxpayer service offices Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A list of office locations can be found here.

For more information on any tax-related matter, please visit marylandtaxes.gov or call 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Joseph Shapiro -  jshapiro@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-7305 (office); 443-871-2244 (mobile)

Alan Brody –  abrody@comp.state.md.us
                                        410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (mobile)

Comptroller Franchot Stops Returns From 20 More Tax Preparers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 13, 2018) - Comptroller Peter Franchot announced today that his office has stopped processing electronic tax returns from 20 more tax preparers at 20 locations in Maryland, Virginia and Georgia. The immediate suspensions were due to a high volume of questionable returns received. This adds to the list of 54 preparers previously flagged since the 2018 tax season began in January. The complete list of previously blocked preparers is listed below.

“Even as we approach the end of the 2018 tax season, protecting taxpayers from unscrupulous tax preparers and ensuring fraudulent refunds are not paid out is a year-round job for my dedicated staff,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Our Questionable Return Detection Team monitors tax filings and searches for preparers who submit false returns in an attempt to fraudulently get money.”

The businesses were sent written notice of the action after they were identified by the Comptroller’s nationally recognized fraud unit using state-of-the-art technology that detects suspicious returns. The agency has a review process that provides an opportunity for blocked preparers to have their filing privileges restored.

The tax preparers and locations blocked from filing returns through this action are:

  • M & E Tax Service, 216 Polk Drive, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
  • B & G Accounting & Tax LLC, 16036 Elegant Court, Bowie, MD 20716
  • Family Affairs Etc. LLC, 5273 Inverness Court, Douglasville, GA 30135
  • Domaix Group Inc., 3271 Queenstown Drive, Suite 301, Mount Rainier, MD 20712
  • Collins Financial Group, 1820 Noahs Ark Road, Suite 103, Jonesboro, GA 30236
  • World Alliance Tax and Financial Services, 12102 Mackell Lane, Bowie, MD  20715
  • 1040 Veronica Williams, 13 Emelia Woods Court, Baltimore, MD 21206
  • Taree Fayson, 3006 Brodkin Ave., Fort Washington, MD 20744
  • MK Tax Services and Investment LLC and Assurance Income Tax and Financial Services LLC, 1031 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21223
  • Quick Tax Service, 14106 Lotus Lane, Centreville, VA  20120
  • MPLawson Financial, 7502 South Arbory Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
  • Million Tax and Accounting Firm, 7520 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
  • EPS Tax Solutions LLC, P.O. Box 2504, Baltimore, MD 21215
  • Njinyi and Associates Business Solutions LLC, 9420 Annapolis Road, Suite 306, Lanham, MD 20706
  • DPM Tax & Bookkeeping Services, 345 Ilchester Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218
  • Beyond Basic Tax Solutions, 1924 Poole Road, Darlington, MD 21034
  • Merit Tax Service, 4217 Kenwood Ave., Baltimore, MD 21206
  • Lin Tax Service, 9610 Baltimore Ave., Laurel, MD 20723
  • Infinite Business Services, 8675 Greenbelt Road, Apt. 102, Greenbelt, MD 20770
  • Kimmy Tax Services, 1315 E North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21213

In 2016 and 2017, the Comptroller’s Office blocked suspicious tax returns at 95 tax preparation businesses in 113 locations. Since taking office in 2007, the Comptroller’s team has identified and blocked more than 88,000 fraudulent returns and intercepted and denied $190.2 million worth of fraudulent refunds.

If taxpayers suspect fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller’s Office by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or by emailing taxhelp@comp.state.md.us.

Below is a list of the tax preparers the Comptroller’s Office has blocked previously:

Anne Arundel County
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, 1912 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401
R & M Hannan LLC, 7751 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Rightway Financial Services LLC, 3363 Sudlersville South, Laurel, MD 20724

Baltimore (City)
A Year Round Tax Service Inc., 5820 York Road, Ste. T200, Baltimore, MD 21212
AO Tax Services, 2307 E. Monument St.
AO Tax Services, 3231 Belair Road
A&E Tax Services, 5013 Frederick Ave., Baltimore, MD 21229
Accurate Taxes, 616 E. Patapsco Ave., Brooklyn, MD 21225
Annoited [sic] Tax & Consulting Service, also known as ATP Too, 100 West Road, Suite 100, Towson, MD 21204, and 2419 W. Lanvale Street, Baltimore, MD 21216
B and B Tax Service, 4707 Harford Road
DE Brown, 36 E 25th St.
Double R Taxes, 2318 N Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
EB Tax Service, 2322 Monument St.
EB Tax Service, 1818 Pennsylvania Ave.
Eltonia Tax & Contract Service LLC, 8058 Philadelphia Road, Baltimore, MD 21237
EMACK Tax Service, 123 W. Saratoga St.
Express Tax Inc., 5501 York, Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
Family Benefit Financial Group, LLC,5860 Belair Rd, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21206
First Rate Tax Service, 28 Henley Ct., Baltimore, MD 21244
Geneva Sanders, 504 Placid Court, Apt. K, Odenton, MD 21113, and 202 Easton South, Apt. 2, Laurel, MD 20724
HRQT LLC, 2136 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21218
KC and Son Tax Service, 4831 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206
Keystone Tax Solutions K2, 6323 Brown Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224
Liberty Tax Service, 3308 Greenmount Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 503 W. Lexington St.
Liberty Tax Service, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 1742 W. North Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 1808 Pennsylvania Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 2039 W. Pratt St.
Loyalty Tax Services, 4602A Harford Road
New Valley & Co., also known as Prologix Tax, 11140 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, and 5929 Schering Road, Baltimore, MD 21206
Office Tax Solutions, 2230 E. Monument St.
Office Tax Solutions, 1439 W. Patapsco Road
On-Site Tax Services, 1629 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21231
OSE Tax Services, 5006 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
People Tax Service (aka Neighborhood Tax Services), 3219 Belair Road
Precise Financial, 8601 Harford Road, Ste. B, Baltimore, MD 21234.
PROTAXEM, 3104 N. Greenmount SVE, Baltimore, MD 21218
Quick Tax Service, 1809 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217
Quick Tax, 2401 Liberty Heights Road, Baltimore, MD 21215
Quick Money Tax Service, 6628 Harford Road, 2nd floor Baltimore, MD 21214
Tax Rite Services, 3406 Belair Road
Fachel Tax Service, 6331 Belair Road, Baltimore
Samuel Tax Services, 1005 North Point Blvd., Ste. 728, Baltimore, MD 21224
Security Tax & Accounting Srv LLC, 1724 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 12, Baltimore MD 21207
TA Income Tax Service, 4833 Belair Road, Baltimore
Tax Maid, 2558 Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
JMD Tax Service, 2700 W. Franklin St., Baltimore
Marcjeze Tax Services, 5864 B Belair Road, Baltimore
Bodmars Tax Service, 4903 Belair Road, Baltimore
MK Tax Services and Investment LLC, 1031 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore
Neighborhood Tax Services, also known as Royal Auto Sales N Neighborhood Tax or People
Samuel Tax Services LLC, 5459 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215
Tax Services at 3219 Belair Road, Baltimore and 3226 Belair Road, Ste. A, Baltimore
Tax Relief, 5601 McClean Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21214
Tax Time, 3902 Ednor Road, Baltimore, MD 21218
Chimex Tax Service, 2654 Maryland Ave., Baltimore
Jovan LLC, 5225 Harford Road, Baltimore
Taxcare , 6711 Belair Rd, Ste. B , Baltimore MD 21206

Baltimore County
Alleluia Income Tax Service, 1055 Taylor Ave., Suite 212, Towson, MD 21286
Annoited [sic] Tax & Consulting Service, also known as ATP Too, 100 West Road, Suite 100, Towson, MD 21204, and 2419 W. Lanvale Street, Baltimore, MD 21216
ARPL Tax Services and More, 6737 Edwards Ave., Windsor Mill, MD 21244
Bencok One Inc., 5623 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215
Danish Tax Service, 1722 North Rolling Road, Windsor Mill, MD 21244
Freedom Tax Services, 1268 E North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202
Great Lakes Global Enterprises, LLC, 15 Walden Willow Court, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
Hitchye Tax & Business Cons Svc, 6350 Frederick Road, Suite C, Catonsville, MD 21228
Kauffy Tax Services, 600 Washington Ave., Suite 100, Towson, MD 21204
Legette Tax Services, 8817 Belair Road, Nottingham, MD 21236
Liberty Tax Service, 435 C Eastern Blvd., Essex
Liberty Tax Service, 201 Back River Neck Road, Middle River
Monique’s Taxprep Services LLC, 4342 Tucker Circle, Halethorpe, MD 21227
Patricia’s Bookkeeping and Accounting, 227 Mysticwood Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Quality Tax Service, 6 Woodstream Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117
REMG Inc., 8715 Windsor Mill Road, Windsor Mill
Robinson Tax and Bookkeeping SRV, 4812 Liberty Heights Ave., Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
Santana Gordon Enterprises, LLC, 6071 Gwynn Oak Ave., Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
Tax Plus, 727 Northrop Lane, Middle River, MD 21220
Tax Rite Services, 90 Shawgo Court, Middle River
Phenomenal Tax Service Corp., 1055 Ingleside Ave, Ste. 100, Baltimore
Swift Pro Tax Service, 10 Pine Cone Court, Nottingham
Williams Tax Services, 1516 N Fulton Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

District of Columbia
A & R Tax Accounting Service Inc. (aka A R TAX AND ACCOUNTING INC), 47 Peabody St. NE, Washington, DC 20011
BKPR Management, 110 Q St., Washington, DC 20001
Taxtime LLC/Speedy Tax Service,1002 H St., NE Washington DC 20002
Fred Accounting & Tax Services, 760 Morton St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Swift Tax Service, 1012 H St. NE, Washington, DC, and 3905 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC
OFAB LLC, 3938 Minnesota Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20019
Yakob & Co. LLC (aka Yakob & Co. PLLC) 2001 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20002

Frederick County
Caspero Tax and Accounting Service, 1503 Laurel Wood Way, Frederick, MD 21701
GA Tax Professional, 8811 Utopia Place, Walkerville, MD 21793

Harford County
Abayomi Olobatuyi, 3310 Shrewsbury Road, Abingdon, MD 21009

Montgomery County
Alcantara Driving School Corp., 1620 Elton Road, Suite 201, Silver Spring, MD 20903 and 1310 Merrimac Driver, Silver Spring, MD 20903
Broadview Advisors and Co., Inc., 8757 Georgia Ave, Ste. 440, Silver Spring
Chris & Nas Tax Services, 22 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite D, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Dem Tax and Accounting Services, 2200 Predella Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20902
Dieudonne Sossoukpe, 18825 Sparkling Water Drive K, Germantown, MD 20874
Global Alliance Solution LLC, 21304 China Aster Court, Germantown, MD 20876
Integrated Multi Services, 1620 Elton Road, Ste. 204, Silver Spring, MD 20903
Japrhispanic LLC, 8626 Flower Ave. 1, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Liberty Tax Service, 11262 Georgia Ave., Wheaton
Magino & Associates, 18943 Red Robin Terrace, Germantown, MD 20874
Marylis LLC, 113 Ellington Blvd., Apt. 421, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Max Tax Service, 1019 University Blvd., Ste. 102, Silver Spring, MD 20903
Metrotax Services, 2443 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Money Back Tax LLC, 11120 New Hampshire Ave., Ste. 506, Silver Spring, MD 20904
New Valley & Co., also known as Prologix Tax, 11140 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, and 5929 Schering Road, Baltimore, MD 21206
OAS, 13127 Wonderland Way, Suite 2, Germantown, MD 20874
One Vision First (OVF) Consulting LLC, 8120 Fenton St., Suite 301b, Silver Spring, MD
Precise Tax and Accounting Service, 7521 New Hampshire Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tax4All LLC, 6507 New Hampshire Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912

Prince George’s County
1-866MoblTax Inc., 4812 St. Barnabas Road, Suite 6, Temple Hills, MD 20748
A Plus Advantage Prof, 9909 Goodluck Road, Suite T4, Lanham, MD 20706
All Choice Tax & Payroll Services, Inc., 1401 Mercantile Lane, Suite 200K, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
ALR Tax and Financial Services LLC, 76 Ritchie Road, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Ardy Sowe Tax Service, 7703 Loughborough Place, Beltsville, MD 20705
aurathecool accounting solutions, 8101 Sandy Springs Road, Suite 106, Laurel, MD 20707
Big Ben Tax Service,9903 Rhode Island Ave, Suite A, College Park, MD 20740
BOFMOT, 9208 Fairlane Place, Laurel, MD 20708
Brightway Professionals and Associates, 4810 St. Barnabas Road, Suite 201, Temple Hills, MD 20748
Cash Bar Financial & Tax Services, 6475 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 350A, Hyattsville, MD 20873
Deldan Tax and Accounting Services, 9208 Fairlane Place, Laurel
Eze Tax Service LLC, 3601 Hamilton St., Hyattsville, MD 20782
Griffin Financial, 1424 Colony Road, Oxon Hill
Holmes Tax Services, 6495 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 120, Hyattsville, MD 20783
Hope Unlimited Tax Service,6310 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747
ICS Tax & Accounting Service , 8855 Annapolis Rd., Ste. 205, Lanham, MD 20703
Immaculate Money LLC, 1612 Shady Glen Drive, District Heights, MD 20747
J & J Tax Service, 17205 Summerwood Lane, Accokeek
KLS Tax Services, 18431 Shanna Drive, Accokeek, MD 20607
Liberty Tax Service, 8020 New Hampshire Ave., Langley Park
Liberty Tax Service, 5436 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747
Magnolia Baez, 7411 Riggs Road, Suite 422, Hyattsville, MD 20783
Millennium Consultant INT, Inc.,14120 Water Fowl Way, Upper Marlboro, MD 20876
Rhonda’s Tax Service Inc., 5801 Allentown Road, Suite 303, Suitland, MD 20746
STES Tax Service, 5510 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt, MD 20770
Tax Central USA, 5515 Livingston Road, Ste. 200, Forest Heights
Tax Relief Solution, 13042 Old Stagecoach Road, Laurel
The Tax Store 101 LLC, 1508 Kingshill St., Bowie
Taxpoint Solutions,1401 Mercantile Ln, Ste. 383, Upper Marlboro MD 20774
Vasquez Tax Services, 2340 University Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20783
Yawn Tax and Tech Services LLC, 605 Halifax Pl, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Washington County
C & A Financial Services, LLC, 44 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown MD 21740
Tax Lady II Maryland, 65 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740

Wicomico County
MD Tax Solution and Multi Services, 212 E. Main St., Ste. 208, Salisbury, MD 21801
MJC Tax, 239 Florida Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801

Worcester County
Charles Multi Services, 216 Carson Court, Pocomoke City

Out-of-State
Bey’s Tax Service, 3844 Augustine Place, Rex, GA 30273
Evaniel Francois, 2124 Airport Road, Ste. 109, Naples, FL 34112
Eskindes Accounting and Tax LLC, 3379 Highway 5, Ste. K, Douglasville, GA 30135
Gabriel Ajak, 9304 Forest Lane, Suite 5108, Dallas, TX 75243
Gallaye Tax Services, 5690 Stafford Road, Charlotte, NC 28215
In & Out Tax Service, 1936 Hosea L Willams Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30317
JAE Establishments LLC, 3803 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Michael Smith, 1719 E Jefferson Ave., Pomona, CA 91767
MSM DBA PTS Tax Service, 6790 W. Broad St., Douglasville, GA 30134
Precise Financial, 8950 Westpark Drive, Suite 102A, Houston, TX 77063
Rhodes & O’Neil Accounting, 1108 East Main St., Suite 702, Richmond, VA 23219
Safe STEM Institute, 22054 Shaw Road, Suite B, Sterling, VA 20164
Sky Tax Service, 5981 Columbia Pike, Ste. 202, Falls Church, VA 22041
Trinity Supermarket Inc.,105 E. Pollock St., Mount Olive, NC 28365
United Tax Pro, 6969 Richmond Hwy, Ste. 204, Alexandria, VA 22306
Valentine Tax, 328 Jefferson Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216
Verita’s Efile Service Inc., 3 Centerview Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407, and 5720 Alameda, Baltimore, MD 21239

 

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