Comptroller Franchot Alerts Taxpayers About IRS Hardware Failure

Maryland Taxpayers Could Experience Brief Delay in Processing Returns

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 4, 2016) – Comptroller Peter Franchot today notified Maryland taxpayers that the processing of their electronically-filed returns may experience a slight delay due to an IRS hardware failure that was detected this afternoon.

The IRS malfunction, which has shut down the federal e-file system, delays Maryland’s ability to retrieve and process returns. The IRS is working to restore normal operations as soon as possible, but taxpayers are advised that some of the systems will remain unavailable until at least tomorrow. Maryland’s direct online i-File and b-File applications are not impacted by this problem.

Although the IRS does not anticipate major refund disruptions, several services found on, including the Where’s My Refund tool, are unavailable.

Taxpayers can continue to prepare and file their tax returns as they normally would. Taxpayers can continue to send their tax returns to their e-file provider; these companies will hold the tax returns until the IRS resumes accepting electronic returns. Taxpayers who already have filed their returns do not need to take any additional action.

Marylanders with additional questions should contact the Comptroller’s Office by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or by emailing

MEDIA CONTACT: Alan Brody, 410-260-6346 (office), 443-924-1473 (cell)