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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published March 12, 2013

NEWS RELEASE: One Month Away From the Deadline, One Million Taxpayers Have Already Filed Electronically



One Month Away From the Deadline, One

Million Taxpayers Have Already

Filed Electronically

Comptroller Promotes E-File; Provides Checklist to Help

Prevent Errors

 

Annapolis, Md. (March 12, 2013) – With the tax-filing deadline little more than one month away, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his office has already received more than one million electronically-filed tax returns. The one-millionth electronic return, submitted by David and Margaret Randle of Great Mills in St. Mary’s County, was filed through the Comptroller’s free Internet tax filing system, iFile.

“I found the iFile system on the Comptroller of Maryland’s Website,” said David Randle, the one-millionth electronic filer and recent United States military retiree. “It is an easy system to navigate and while no one likes to pay taxes, iFile makes it less burdensome.”

The Comptroller is urging Marylanders to file electronically to ensure they receive their refund within days as opposed to weeks, and more than a million taxpayers have already taken his advice. So far, the Comptroller's Office has received 1,051,212 electronically-filed tax returns for tax year 2012, resulting in more than $927.6 million in refund payments requested.  The Comptroller’s Office has also received electronically-filed returns that reflect more than $57 million in additional tax due the state

“Taxpayers who request that their refund be deposited directly into a bank account will receive that money in only a few days,” said Comptroller Franchot. “I encourage all taxpayers to file electronically. It is the best way to ensure a quick refund and even allows taxpayers who owe money to delay payment until April 30.” 

Additionally, the Comptroller informs taxpayers that simple mistakes in filing can slow down the processing of a tax return and refund significantly. 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:
·         Write legibly, or type 
·         Use an black or blue ink pen
·         Sign the tax return 
Electronic filing saves the state significant money in processing costs. Paper returns cost the state $1.95 to process, compared to 38 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. Additional hours of assistance will be offered on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and on Monday, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all agency locations. For branch location information, please visit http://individuals.marylandtaxes.com/taxhelp/localoffices.asp.

The agency’s call center is available to taxpayers, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. through April 15, as well as on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To check the status of a refund by phone, please call, 410-260-7701 or 1-800-218-8160

For more information on electronic filing or any other tax-related matter, please go to the Comptroller’s Website at www.marylandtaxes.com <http://www.marylandtaxes.com/or call 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) outside of Central Maryland.