Comptroller’s Office Functioning Normally During Federal Shutdown

- Taxpayers Should Plan to File on Time and Avoid Possible Penalties and/or Interest -

During the shutdown of the federal government, the Comptroller’s Office will function as normal: processing returns, refunds, and direct debit requests. Our office will receive tax returns from the IRS as normal and we will also process iFile and bFile returns as usual.

The IRS will furlough most of its workers if there is a government shutdown, although activities deemed “essential” will continue. E-filing will remain open. States should be able to continue to download returns through the Modern e-File (MeF) system. The Secure Data Transfer system will continue to run, although IRS says “there may not be sufficient personnel on hand to ensure the transfers are completed. Details on both services have been shared through FTA’s IRS and Efile ListServs.”

Maryland will function as normal, processing returns, refunds, and direct debit requests. We will receive tax returns from the IRS as normal. We will also process iFile and bFile returns as usual, so if any taxpayer is concerned about the Federal shutdown, there are free tax applications which can be accessed from the Comptroller’s website for filing their Maryland taxes.

It is important that taxpayers understand that their tax obligations continue unaffected by the Federal shutdown. Taxpayers should plan to file on time and avoid possible penalties and/or interest.

Additional information regarding IRS operations may be found at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Operations-During-The-Lapse-In-Appropriations.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Frum, (410) 260-7210 (office), (443) 949-1583 (cell)