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Deadline for Maryland state income tax payments extended to July 15

The deadline for paying Maryland income taxes has been extended three months to July 15 because of the coronavirus outbreak, state Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office said Wednesday.

The extension, which matches the new federal income tax schedule, applies to individuals and businesses.

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“Right now, Maryland taxpayers and businesses must stay focused on their health and keeping their lights on, both in their homes and businesses,” Franchot said in a news release. “Extending the due date for Maryland state individual and business income tax payments helps us keep cash flowing in our economy and into employees’ bank accounts.”

While federal income tax returns are still due April 15, a taxpayer may file for an extension to July 15 without payment. This action will automatically trigger an extension for state returns.

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The announcement means no interest or penalties will be imposed if 2019 tax payments are made by July 15.

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen said people should not only be able to defer federal tax payments, but also to be able to file later than usual. “It seems to me we should be moving the deadline. I don’t know exactly what date,” the Democrat said Wednesday night in a telephone “town hall” with constituents.

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