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State extends deadlines for businesses filing annual reports and personal property tax returns

State officials have extended deadlines for Maryland businesses submitting annual reports and personal property tax returns.

Deadlines have been extended to July 15 as part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s response to the new coronavirus pandemic, the state Department of Assessments and Taxation said Monday.

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Expiration dates for trade names and name reservations, as well as entity forfeiture dates, will be extended to 30 days after the state of emergency is rescinded.

State assessments Director Michael Higgs said the department is not having delays in processing online filings. Most business charter and business personal property transactions can be completed online through Maryland Business Express. Tax credit applications also can also be submitted online, including homeowners’ and renters’ tax credit applications through Maryland One Stop and homestead tax credit applications through the state assessments department’s website.

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“I appreciate the business community’s patience as we actively explore even more online services that could be made available over the next few weeks,” Higgs said.

The assessments department closed all public access last week to the State Center offices in Baltimore where businesses submit charter, personal property, ground rent and tax credit filings. SDAT also closed public access to its 24 county-based Real Property Offices. Those offices are only accepting telephone and written real property assessment appeals. All in-person hearings have been suspended.

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