Franchot, Lawmakers and Sheriffs to Express Support for Statewide Tax Refund-Warrant Intercept Program

Press Conference Will Show Bipartisan Support for Program Now Used in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel and Washington Counties

WHO:             Comptroller Peter Franchot

Delegate Teresa Reilly, District 35B

Senator Ed Reilly, District 33

Sheriffs from throughout Maryland

WHAT:           Comptroller Franchot will host a press conference at noon today in support of the Maryland Income Tax Refunds – Warrant Intercept Program legislation (HB390/SB425). The proposed legislation would expand the highly successful Anne Arundel County Maryland Income Tax Refund Warrant Intercept Program into a statewide initiative. Bill sponsors House Deputy Minority Whip Teresa Reilly, District 35B, and Senator Ed Reilly, District 33, will join the Comptroller along with several law enforcement officials. The Comptroller and Del. Reilly will testify on the bill before the House Ways and Means Committee immediately following the press conference.

This initiative complements Comptroller Franchot’s guiding principle to reward taxpayers who abide by the law and aggressively pursue those who do not. The legislation will benefit law enforcement officers and the public as an additional public safety tool.

Currently, the program applies only to individuals who are residents of or have an outstanding warrant from Anne Arundel County, Washington County or Baltimore City. The Anne Arundel County warrant intercept program is set to end September 30, 2018, and the Washington County and Baltimore City programs are set to expire September 30, 2019.

WHEN:           Today, February 16, 2016                         

Noon

WHERE:        Goldstein Treasury Building, Assembly Room

80 Calvert St.

Annapolis, MD 21401

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Vicki Fisher 410-260-7816 (office), 443-534-6259 (cell)