Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published April 07, 2011

Comptroller Urges Treasury Secretary, Federal Leadership to Classify IRS as Essential Personnel

-Franchot Makes Request to Protect Taxpayers From Refund Delays -

Annapolis, Md. (April 7, 2011) – In an effort to protect Maryland taxpayers from the possible economic fallout of a likely federal government shutdown, Comptroller Franchot today sent a letter to US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging them to classify IRS taxpayer service staff as essential personnel. The correspondence aims to protect Maryland taxpayers from delays in tax return and refund processing that may result from a government shutdown.

“I am worried that any interruption in federal taxpayer services could slow, if not halt, the state’s processing of those tax returns, which would leave taxpayers uncertain of when they will receive the refund money that they are owed and are counting on,” said Comptroller Franchot.

“We pride ourselves on the timeliness and efficiency of our service, particularly at a time when Maryland taxpayers continue to cope with the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression. Considering the severe consequences of an interruption in taxpayer services, I urge you to ensure that those federal employees involved in vital taxpayer services be classified as essential personnel,” he added.