MD Officials Push For Electronic Tax Filing - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

MD Officials Push For Electronic Tax Filing

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MARYLAND - With the tax-filing deadline less than one month away, Comptroller Peter Franchot says he is encouraging taxpayers who have yet to file to take advantage of all the conveniences of electronic filing.

According to reports, so far, more than 1.2 million taxpayers have filed their personal tax returns electronically with more than 113,000 filing via paper. Based on 2.94 million returns filed last year, the returns filed so far reportedly represent 46 percent of last year's total.

The Comptroller says he is urging Marylanders to file electronically to ensure they receive their refund within days as opposed to weeks. Additionally, the Comptroller says 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, the Comptroller says taxpayers filing paper returns should follow all the tips provided above, as well as remember to:

  • Write legibly, or type
  • Use a pen
  • Sign the tax return

Reports say electronic filing saves the state significant money in processing costs. Paper returns reportedly cost the state more than $2 to process, compared to 19 cents for e-filed returns resulting in savings of millions of dollars each year.

The agency's call center is available to taxpayers, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. through April 15. To check the status of a refund by phone, please call, 410-260-7701 or 1-800-218-8160. Refund status can also be obtained by visiting the agency's website.

For more information on electronic filing or any other tax-related matter,  call 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) outside of Central Maryland.


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