Comptroller Reminds Taxpayers: “Less than Two Weeks Until Filing Extension Deadline”

– Taxpayers Have Until October 15 to File 2013 Returns –

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (October 1, 2014) – Comptroller Franchot today reminded taxpayers of the upcoming October 15deadline for those who filed for an extension on their 2013 Maryland personal income tax return. He also reminded last minute filers of the simplicity, swiftness and safety of electronic filing.

“I encourage every taxpayer to consider filing electronically,” said Comptroller Peter Franchot.  “E-filing is the fastest, easiest and safest way to file a return. Best of all, if you choose direct deposit, you’ll get your refund in only a few days.”

The Comptroller also reminded taxpayers that his office provides free in-person tax preparation at offices across the state.

“My office continues to offer free assistance to taxpayers in preparing state income tax returns,” Comptroller Franchot said. “I urge Marylanders to use this service at one of the agency’s 12 branch offices located throughout the state. Simply bring a completed federal return, all W-2 statements and supporting documents and my staff will complete a state return and file it electronically.”

Taxpayers who filed for an extension on a federal return and didn’t owe state taxes are automatically granted a six-month extension for a state return. No request for an extension will be granted for more than six months, unless a taxpayer is currently out of the United States, in which case an extension of up to one year may be requested.

For the most up-to-date information on filing tax returns,  or answers to other questions visit the Comptroller’s Website at www.marylandtaxes.com or call the agency at 410-260-7980, in Central Maryland, or 1-800-638-2937, toll-free from elsewhere, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from October 1 through October 15.