January 27 to Mark the Start of MD Tax Season

Business tax returns are now being accepted for processing

Annapolis, MD – Comptroller Peter Franchot announced Tax Year 2019 will coincide with the IRS’ start day of January 27 for personal income tax returns.

Franchot said taxpayers should get their refunds within about two business days after filing.

“We have about two and a half million Maryland families that are owed refunds by the state of Maryland,” Franchot said.

Approximately 3.2 million individual tax returns were processed by the Comptroller’s office last year with refunds exceeding $2.8 billion.

Franchot reminded residents to be careful in who they ask to do their taxes.

“Once you sign that return, you’re responsible for the contents of it,” Franchot said. “You want to make sure that a tax preparer is ethical, honest, and not going to get you into hot water.”

Franchot said the amount of people filing their taxes online has gone up significantly with 90% of tax returns now filed online.

Taxpayers are encouraged to file their returns electronically for the fastest possible processing and to ensure they receive all possible refunds. A list of approved vendors for use in filing your electronic return can be found at https://www.marylandtaxes.gov/pros/approved-vendors.php.

Free state tax assistance is available at all of the agency’s 12 taxpayer service offices, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A list of office locations can be found at https://www.marylandtaxes.gov/locations.php.

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

The deadline for 2019 tax returns is Wednesday, April 15.

By Timothy Young