Md. Comptroller accepting paper tax returns again, most branches open by appointment

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Posted at 10:34 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 10:37:23-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot opened 9 of 12 branch offices on Monday and is now accepting visits by appointment.

The Baltimore, Frederick and Upper Marlboro offices are still closed, and have been since March 19 over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agency employees have begun processing a backlog of 100,000 paper personal income tax returns, which had been suspended since April 15 to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Returning employees are working on rotated schedules and social distancing while in the office, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Taxpayers needing to make an appointment can schedule one by clicking here. Visitors must wear a mask and follow social distancing requirements. Currently, no walk-ins are permitted.

Franchot had previously extended the filing and payment deadlines for individual and corporate income taxes from April 15 to July 15, 2020. This extension applies for both state and federal taxes. No interest or penalty will be imposed if 2019 tax payments are made by July 15, 2020.

Businesses who had deadlines in February, March, April, and May also have until July 15 to file. Those include sales and use, withholding, admissions & amusement, alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel excise taxes, as well as tire recycling and bay restoration fee returns.

Alcohol and admissions & amusement taxes due in June, have also been pushed back to July 15. Business taxpayers who file and pay by the extended due date will receive a waiver of interest and penalties.

Taxpayers are urged to file and to pay their Maryland state income tax returns electronically, including the use of direct deposit for refunds. If you have questions, you can email

Anyone with business extension questions can email or