As the tax filing season churns along, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his office has processed more than one million individual income tax returns. The one-millionth return was submitted by an Anne Arundel County tax filer.
As of Monday morning, 1,093,773 electronic and paper returns have been processed. Comptroller Franchot urged Marylanders to e-file because it's the most secure and efficient way to submit a tax return. Most Marylanders who file electronically receive their state refunds within three business days.
"E-filing is the safest way for Marylanders to submit their tax returns," Mr. Franchot said. "My staff remains vigilant in our fight to identify and stop fraudulent returns and safeguarding law-abiding taxpayers' hard-earned money."
Through the years of public outreach by the Comptroller and his staff, the number of electronic returns processed has steadily increased. Last year, the Comptroller's office processed more than 2.6 million returns electronically. Electronic filers represented about 85 percent of the 3.2 million personal income tax returns filed last year.
The filing deadline for 2017 tax returns is Tuesday, April 17, rather than the traditional April 15. In 2018, April 15 falls on a Sunday and Emancipation Day – a legal holiday in the District of Columbia – falls on April 16, which pushes the filing deadline to the following day.
Free state tax assistance is available at all of the agency's 12 taxpayer service offices Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A list of office locations can be found at www.marylandtaxes.com.