ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 19, 2016) – Comptroller Peter Franchot reminds Maryland taxpayers that they can begin to submit their personal income tax returns for Tax Year 2015 today — the same day the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accepts returns. Processing of business tax returns began January 9.

“In these tough economic times, I understand how important it is for Maryland families to have their tax returns processed promptly and their refunds returned quickly,” Comptroller Franchot said. “As I look forward to another successful tax season, I urge taxpayers to file electronically to get the fastest and most secure processing of their claims. My agency’s goal is to get refunds back into the pockets of hard-working taxpayers as efficiently as possible.”

The 2016 tax return filing deadline for Maryland and the IRS this year is Monday, April 18, (due to the observance of Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., on April 15). Taxpayers are encouraged to file their returns electronically for the fastest possible processing of their claims and to ensure they receive all possible refunds. A list of approved vendors for use in filing your electronic return can be found at www.marylandtaxes.com.

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

The Comptroller’s Office will offer extended hours for telephone assistance beginning February 1 and running through April 18, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for state holidays. For more information on any tax-related matter, please visit the Comptroller’s website at www.marylandtaxes.com or call 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland.