MD Comptroller says he’s ready to help those who missed tax filing deadline


MARYLAND – The deadline for Marylanders to pay their taxes is Wednesday. But if you weren’t able to file for whatever reason – there’s things you can do. “If they for some reason cannot because of financial distress we’re more than happy to bend over backwards and put people on very flexible payment plans without interest – without penalties,” said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Franchot tells 47ABC that the deadline was extended to help keep cash in people’s and businesses pockets during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It kept cash in people’s pockets an the pockets of small businesses and that proved to be enormously helpful and effective. It wasn’t a government grant where you had to apply for it. This is their money that they normally send to the comptroller’s office for tax payments, that they were able to keep for 90 days,” said Franchot.

Franchot says that his office is ready to help people in whatever way possible if they missed the deadline. The comptroller tells us that if you can’t pay your taxes, you should still file them, but ask for help. “Even if you can’t pay send us a tax return with a note and we will get a hold of you and help you navigate this. We’re going to respect you and respond to you, and get results for you – but we have to be in connection,” said Franchot.

Franchot says if you need help, you can call 1-800-MD-TAXES. You can also reach out to the comptroller’s office through social media – or visit their website. Franchot says people can expect to see tax returns within the next two months.

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