In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced the following measures to assist individual and business taxpayers:

  • Individual Income Tax Returns Filing and Payments Deadline Extended to July 15. The deadline to file individual income Maryland State tax returns and payments has been extended to July 15. Taxpayers who file a federal extension on April 15, when federal income tax returns remain due, can submit their Maryland State Return on October 15. For more information, please click here.

  • Business Filing Deadline Extended to June 1. To assist businesses affected by the economic impact of COVID-19, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced he will extend business-related tax filing deadlines. The June 1st extension applies to certain business returns with due dates during the months of March, April and May 2020 for businesses filing sales and use tax, withholding tax, and admissions & amusement tax, as well as alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel excise taxes, tire recycling fee and bay restoration fee returns. For more information, please click here.

  • Suspension of Alcohol Carry-out Limits. Current state law restricts how much product a Maryland-based craft brewery and craft distillery can sell to its customers for carryout and off-premise consumption.  For breweries that possess a Class 5 production license, that limit is 288 ounces - the volume equivalent of one case. For Class 1 distilleries, the maximum is 2,225 milliliters (2.25 liters) of spirits - the volume equivalent of three regular-sized bottles of vodka, gin, whiskey or rum. In an effort to help Maryland’s craft alcohol manufacturers keep their businesses afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his office is temporarily suspending its enforcement of limits imposed on customers purchasing beer and distilled spirits. For more information, please click here.

  • Tax Processing. Comptroller Franchot remains committed to ensuring that the COVID-19 pandemic causes minimal disruption to the 2020 Tax Filing Season. Essential personnel continue to report for work, while exercising significant precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. 

  • Taxpayer Services Hotline. Taxpayers who have questions can still contact 1-800-MD-TAXES or email taxhelp@marylandtaxes.gov. Wait times may be longer than usual due to a high volume of calls and emails.

In addition, Comptroller Franchot has announced the following:

  • Comptroller Franchot calls for $500 million assistance package for small businesses. To assist local Maryland businesses weather through this unprecedented economic and fiscal uncertainty, Comptroller Franchot is calling for the infusion of $500 million from the Rainy Day Fund to assist impacted businesses and their employees. For more information, please click here.

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