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WBAL-AM Baltimore: Franchot: Taxpayers Who Owe State Can Work With His Office

April 15 is arriving a few months late.

For both Maryland and the federal government, taxpayers were given a three-month extension on filing and paying their 2019 tax returns. That extension ends Wednesday.

State Comptroller Peter Franchot told Bryan Nehman on Tuesday his office is waiting on around 700,000 filers. He said his office is willing to work with taxpayers who can't pay all the money they owe right away as long as those filers reach out to his office.

"We will have someone contact you but the key is to communicate," Franchot said. "If you don't communicate and think we won't notice, that doesn't happen, unfortunately."

The Board of Public Works, on which Franchot sits, made hundreds of millions of dollars in state budget cuts earlier this month. Franchot said more cuts are coming and said state and local governments have a critical need for federal aid.

"Well, it's the difference between life and death for a lot of these state budget items," Franchot said. "We want to have a crew cut. We don't want to have a complete shave of our head."

He worries the fiscal picture will be direr in the next fiscal year as many jobs lost during the coronavirus outbreak don't come back. He advised against lawmakers approving any changes, either hikes or cuts, to state taxes.

Franchot earlier this year became the first Democrat to declare his candidacy in the 2022 gubernatorial primary.

https://www.wbal.com/article/468734/21/franchot-taxpayers-who-owe-state-can-work-with-his-office


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