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Updated: Maryland Comptroller Says $21.4M in Local Tax Payments Misdirected

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (Photo: WBOC) Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (Photo: WBOC)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC)- Maryland's top tax collector says his office accidentally misdirected $21.4 million of local income tax payments for years.
    
In September, auditors reported that the comptroller's office sent $8.7 million to the wrong Montgomery County municipalities. But media outlets report that Comptroller Peter Franchot told lawmakers Wednesday that his office found another $12.7 million has been misdirected since 2010 and the problem affects nearly every municipality in the state.
    
In coming days, 89 cities will receive checks, some totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Another 83 cities must repay money they received in error.

WBOC contacted several Eastern Shore of Maryland municipalities to find out how much money they will receive or be required to pay back:

  • Centreville will receive $683,000
  • Denton will receive $17,704
  • Ocean City will receive $76,900
  • Snow Hill: Has 10 years to pay back $17,784
  • St. Michaels: Owes $277,491 but has 10 years to pay it back beginning in 2024.

WBOC has reached out to the comptroller's office to request a full list but has not received one yet.

The comptroller's office collects taxes for towns and cities, but some taxpayers were classified in the wrong taxing districts. The comptroller's office is working to fix the problem with its tax-processing software.

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