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More than Half of Md. Taxpayers Have Yet to File Taxes

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.- With the tax-filing deadline less than one month away, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is encouraging taxpayers to take advantage of electronic-filing services.

The state is reminding Marylanders to submit tax returns by the April 15 deadline. 

“I want to encourage all taxpayers to file electronically,” Franchot said. “It is the best way to ensure a quick refund and allows taxpayers who owe money to delay payment until April 30.”

John Vargas of Delmar, Md., did not waste any time filing his tax return. 

“I had to do it for school, and I also need the money,” Vargas said. “ I'd rather do it first than wait."

According to Franchot's office, more than 1.24 million taxpayers have filed their personal tax returns electronically with more than 48,000 filing by paper. Based on 3.04 million returns filed last year, the returns filed so far represent 42 percent of last year's total.

David Dunn of Salisbury owns a home improvement business. He said he waits until the last minute to file for an extension.

"I always file for [an] extension,” Dunn said. “ I have to because of the business I run and the stuff I'm involved in. It gives you longer to get all your paperwork together.”

For people like Dunn who have yet to file their tax returns, you will want to make sure your Social Security number and bank account information are accurate. If you file via paper, make sure you use a pen, write legibly and sign the return.

"Definitely, I had to check over it once or twice," Vargas said.

To date, refund payments of more than $941 million have been issued to more than 969,000 taxpayers, according to the comptroller's office.

Free, state tax assistance is available at all of the agency's 12 taxpayer service offices, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For branch location information, please visit marylandtaxes.com.

The agency's call center offers extended hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 15, returning to normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. thereafter. To check the status of a refund by phone, please call, 1-800-218-8160 or (410) 260-7701. Refund status can also be obtained by visiting the agency's website at marylandtaxes.com.

 For more information on electronic filing or any other tax-related matter, please go to the comptroller's website or call (410) 260-7980 in Central Maryland or 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) outside of Central Maryland.
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