Maryland will soon no longer accept paper tax returns amid COVID-19

Posted at 11:06 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 11:08:45-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot on Monday announced a temporary halt to processing paper tax returns.

The last day paper returns will be accepted is April 15. After that, everyone will have to file electronically by July 15.

“We remain committed to getting refunds into taxpayer's bank accounts during this economic crisis. However, we must balance that with our commitment to protecting the health of those dedicated essential employees who have continued reporting to work to process returns and distribute refunds in a timely manner,” Comptroller Franchot said.

Most taxpayers receiving refunds have already filed and the number of those anticipating refunds who have yet to do so and plan to file via paper returns is very low.

To date, the number of paper returns filed during the 2020 tax year has decreased 27 percent from the same time last year.