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
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$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
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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
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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

 

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)

Franchot’s FED Agents Seize $24,000 in Untaxed Tobacco Products

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 12, 2018) - Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that agents for his Field Enforcement Division seized untaxed non-premium cigars at a Prince George’s County store during an April 10 inspection.

Morud Hossain, 28, of Suitland, owner of Smoke Shop Inc., trading as Discount Tobacco and Vapor Shop in Capitol Heights, faces a criminal citation of willful possession, sale or offer to sell untaxed other tobacco products (OTP). Agents seized 24,193 sticks of OTP with a retail value of $24,193 and representing a tax loss of $16,935.10.

“The hardworking employees of the Field Enforcement Division are always on the lookout for those trying to cheat the system,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Their dedication to finding these wrongdoers safeguards Maryland’s money and supports business owners who do the right thing.”

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.

To date for fiscal year 2018, which started July, 1, 2017, FED agents have arrested and charged 126 individuals for various tobacco-related crimes as a result of discovering 115 instances of violations of Maryland’s tobacco laws. These arrests have resulted in the seizure of 138,347 packs of contraband cigarettes and the seizure of 360,044 sticks of Untaxed Other Tobacco Products (OTP). The seized items are valued at $1,280,237.13 and represents a tax loss to the State of $610,968.02.

 

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’s FED Agents Seize $32,000 in Untaxed Cigars

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 6, 2018) - Emphasizing his commitment to combat tax cheats of all kinds, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his Field Enforcement Division agents and inspectors seized untaxed other tobacco products (OTP) in separate inspections at two stores in Prince George’s and Baltimore counties. In each case, the OTP was non-premium cigars. A total of 32,772 cigars were confiscated with a value of $32,722 and representing a potential tax loss to the state of $22,940.40. The inspections took place on April 4 and 5.

“Ensuring Maryland’s tax laws are enforced and respected is a top priority on mine. The Field Enforcement Division agents and inspectors are vigilant in catching those who try to cheat the system,” Comptroller Franchot said. “I’m very proud of the work my investigators do each and every day to catch criminals and safeguard citizens from unscrupulous businesses.”

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

  • Aruna Sharma, 63, of Laurel, owner of Cherry Lane Exxon, 14701 Baltimore Ave., Laurel, MD 20707, Prince George’s County; 7,317 sticks of OTP seized with a retail value of $7,317 and representing a tax loss of $5,121.90.
  • Baljit Singh, 36, of Rosedale, owner of 6-Eleven Stop Convenience Store & Deli Inc., 100 Wise Ave., Dundalk, MD 21222, Baltimore County: 25,455 sticks of OTP seized with a retail value of $25,455 and representing a tax loss of $17,818.50.

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.

To date in fiscal year 2018, which started July, 1, 2017, FED agents have arrested and charged 125 individuals for various tobacco violations as a result of discovering 114 instances of violations of Maryland’s tobacco laws. These arrests have resulted in the seizure of 138,347 packs of contraband cigarettes and the seizure of 355,851 sticks of OTP. The seized items are valued at $1,256,044.13 and representing a tax loss to the state of $594,032.92.

 

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)

Free Tax Assistance Available for Military Members and Their Families

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 3, 2018) – Comptroller Peter Franchot and the IRS are reminding military members and their families that they can get free state tax assistance at 12 Comptroller branch offices and tax help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. A VITA site is easy to find on or off base — even overseas.

The Armed Forces Tax Council directs the military tax programs worldwide. Military VITA-certified employees receive training on military tax issues, including tax benefits for service in a combat zone. They can help with special extension of time to file tax returns and pay taxes, or with special rules that apply to the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Members of the military going to a VITA site for their tax return preparation should bring these things with them:

  • A valid power of attorney form, if needed. Married taxpayers filing a joint return generally requires both spouses to sign. If both can’t be present to sign the return, they will need a power of attorney, unless eligible for an exception.
  • Valid military identification card.
  • Social Security or individual taxpayer identification numbers for all household members or adoption taxpayer identification numbers for those who don’t have Social Security numbers.
  • Birth dates for everyone listed on the tax return.
  • Wage and earning forms, such as forms W-2, W-2G and 1099-R.
  • Interest and dividend statements.
  • Health Insurance forms. Taxpayers who purchased insurance through Healthcare.gov must bring Form 1095-A. Forms 1095-B and C for other types of insurance are optional this year, but taxpayers should know their coverage dates for all household members.
  • Form 1098-T for students with post-secondary tuition expenses or grant income.
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns, if available.
  • Routing and account numbers for direct deposit of a tax refund.
  • Total amount paid for day care and the day care provider’s identifying number. This is usually an Employer Identification or Social Security number.
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses.

Additional IRS Resources:

Free state tax assistance is available at all of the Comptroller’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 on marylandtaxes.gov.

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

Comptroller Franchot, IRS Warn Tax Pros to Watch for Data Theft

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 30, 2018) - As the busiest time of the tax season approaches, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warn tax professionals to remain alert to taxpayer data theft and to safeguard data. The 2018 tax filing deadline is Tuesday, April 17.

“Cyber thieves never rest and tax preparers throughout Maryland need to remain on guard to protect their clients’ personal and financial information,” Comptroller Franchot said. “These devious tactics ruin lives and leave victims vulnerable. Never give anyone claiming to be from the IRS on the phone or in an email your Social Security or other identifying information.”

The IRS said the “new client” scam has re-emerged by cyber criminals to target tax professionals with spear phishing schemes. In this scam, a “new client” emails the tax pro about a tax issue, attaching documents purportedly to be an IRS notice or prior-year tax information. The documents actually contain malware that, if opened, enable criminals to steal taxpayer information.

Some tax professionals may be unaware they are victims of data theft. Here are some signs:

  • Client e-filed returns begin to reject because returns with their Social Security numbers were already filed;
  • The number of returns filed with tax practitioner’s Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) exceeds number of clients;
  • Clients who haven’t filed tax returns begin to receive authentication letters (5071C, 4883C, 5747C) from the IRS;
  • Network computers running slower than normal;
  • Computer cursors moving or changing numbers without touching the keyboard;
  • Network computers locking out tax practitioners.

Spear phishing occurs when the criminal singles out one or more tax preparers in a firm and sends an email posing as a trusted source such as the IRS, e-Services, a tax software provider or a cloud storage provider. Thieves also may pose as clients or new prospects to trick the tax preparer into disclosing sensitive usernames and passwords or to open a link or attachment that secretly downloads malware.

Here are the recommended security steps:

  • Learn to recognize phishing emails, especially those pretending to be from the IRS, e-Services, a tax software provider or cloud storage provider. Never open a link or any attachment from a suspicious email. The Comptroller’s Office and the IRS never initiates contact via email.
  • Create a data security plan using IRS Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data, and Small Business Information Security – The Fundamentals, by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Review internal controls:

  • Install anti-malware/anti-virus security software on all devices (laptops, desktops, routers, tablets and phones) and keep software set to automatically update.
  • Use strong and unique passwords of 10 or more mixed characters, password protect all wireless devices, use a phrase or words that are easily remembered and change passwords periodically.
  • Encrypt all sensitive files/emails and use strong password protections.
  • Back up sensitive data to a safe and secure external source not connected fulltime to a network.
  • Wipe clean or destroy old computer hard drives that contain sensitive data.
  • Limit access to taxpayer data to individuals who need to know.
  • Check IRS e-Services account weekly for number of returns filed with EFIN.

Those who experience a security incident or a breach resulting in data disclosure should report the incident to the appropriate IRS Stakeholder Liaison. If Maryland taxpayers suspect fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller’s Questionable Return Detection Team at QRDT@comp.state.md.us.

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. (March 27, 2018) -  Comptroller Peter Franchot announced today that his agency has stopped processing electronic tax returns from 20 more tax preparers at 24 locations in Maryland, Virginia, Texas and California.  The immediate suspensions were due to a high volume of questionable returns received. This adds to the list of 34 preparers previously flagged since the 2018 tax season began in January.

“Stopping unscrupulous tax preparers from swindling hardworking Maryland taxpayers out of their money is my agency’s top priority each tax season,” Comptroller Franchot said. “My Questionable Return Detection Team constantly monitors tax filings looking for corrupt preparers submitting false returns, hurting individuals and their families.”

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:

  • KC and Son Tax Service, 4831 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206
  • OAS, 13127 Wonderland Way, Suite 2, Germantown, MD 20874
  • Immaculate Money LLC, 1612 Shady Glen Drive, District Heights, MD 20747
  • Geneva Sanders, 504 Placid Court, Apt. K, Odenton, MD 21113, and 202 Easton South, Apt. 2, Laurel, MD 20724
  • Brightway Professionals and Associates, 4810 St. Barnabas Road, Suite 201, Temple Hills, MD 20748
  • All Choice Tax & Payroll Services, Inc., 1401 Mercantile Lane, Suite 200K, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
  • Keystone Tax Solutions K2, 6323 Brown Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224
  • New Valley & Co., also known as Prologix Tax, 11140 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, and 5929 Schering Road, Baltimore, MD 21206
  • BOFMOT, 9208 Fairlane Place, Laurel, MD 20708
  • Bencok One Inc., 5623 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215
  • 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
  • Alcantara Driving School Corp., 1620 Elton Road, Suite 201, Silver Spring, MD 20903 and 1310 Merrimac Driver, Silver Spring, MD 20903
  • Ardy Sowe Tax Service, 7703 Loughborough Place, Beltsville, MD 20705
  • Freedom Tax Services, 1268 E North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Rhodes & O’Neil Accounting, 1108 East Main St., Suite 702, Richmond, VA 23219
  • Safe STEM Institute, 22054 Shaw Road, Suite B, Sterling, VA 20164
  • Double R Taxes, 2318 N Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
  • Precise Financial, 8950 Westpark Drive, Suite 102A, Houston, TX 77063
  • Gabriel Ajak, 9304 Forest Lane, Suite 5108, Dallas, TX 75243
  • Michael Smith, 1719 E Jefferson Ave., Pomona, CA 91767

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. A complete list of all tax preparers blocked from filing returns is available at marylandtaxes.gov.

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 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
B and B Tax Service, 4707 Harford Road
DE Brown, 36 E 25th St.
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
HRQT LLC, 2136 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21218
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
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
ARPL Tax Services and More, 6737 Edwards Ave., Windsor Mill, MD 21244
Danish Tax Service, 1722 North Rolling Road, Windsor Mill, MD 21244
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
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
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
ALR Tax and Financial Services LLC, 76 Ritchie Road, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
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
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
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
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
MSM DBA PTS Tax Service, 6790 W. Broad St., Douglasville, GA 30134
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

MEDIA CONTACTSJoseph 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 and IRS: Don’t Fall Victim to Phone Scammers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 22, 2018) - As taxpayers work to file their taxes, criminals are also hard at work — attempting to steal their money. While there are several versions of tax scams, the classic telephone con continues to thrive, especially during filing season.

“Phone scammers are always looking for ways to steal taxpayers’ financial and identity information,” says Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. “If someone calls you claiming to be from the IRS or the Comptroller’s Office, hang up. Don’t give them any personal or financial information. These are crooks trying to steal your identity.”

As a reminder, here’s how IRS says the scams work:

  • Scammers call taxpayers telling them they owe taxes and face arrest if they don’t pay. Sometimes, the first call is a recording, asking taxpayers to call back to clear up a tax matter or face arrest.
  • When taxpayers call back, the scammers often use threatening and hostile language. The thief claims the taxpayers may pay their debts using a gift card, other pre-paid cards or wire transfers.
  • Taxpayers who comply lose their money to the scammers.

Taxpayers should remember that the IRS and the Comptroller’s Office does not:

  • Call taxpayers demanding immediate payment using a specific payment method, but will first mail a bill.
  • Threaten to have taxpayers arrested for not paying taxes.
  • Demand payment without giving taxpayers an opportunity to question or appeal the amount the IRS believes they owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Taxpayers who receive these phone calls should:
  • Hang up the phone immediately, without providing any information.

If Maryland 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 taxhelp@comp.state.md.us.

Calls also may be reported to:

Federal Trade Commission, using the FTC Complaint Assistant on FTC.gov, being sure to include “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.