Comptroller Franchot Statement on BRE

Comptroller Peter Franchot, chairman of the Board of Revenue Estimates, along with David R. Brinkley, secretary of the Maryland Department of Budget and Management, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Andrew Schaufele, director of the Bureau of Revenue Estimates and executive secretary of the board, met Thursday morning in the Assembly Room of the Louis L. Goldstein Treasury Building in Annapolis.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 9, 2017) – Today, the Board of Revenue Estimates voted to reduce the revenue projections for the State of Maryland for Fiscal Year 2017 by $35.3 million and slightly increase our projection for Fiscal Year 2018 by $2.3 million – a total reduction of $33 million. These new revenue estimates are greatly influenced by the civilian federal hiring freeze that has been imposed by the Trump Administration.

Following is a statement from Comptroller Franchot:

“These lost jobs would have a direct impact on Maryland’s economy, through lost wages and lower sales tax revenues. With an administration in Washington that has proven to be unpredictable, and whose words and actions have caused great uncertainty at home and abroad, we must continue to be vigilant and prudent with our fiscal resources.

“While our economy greatly benefits from the federal workforce, we must also do everything we can to support and grow nongovernment industries and enterprises, especially in the bio-health and life sciences sector, IT and cybersecurity, and manufacturing. And we must continue our commitment to funding public schools and investing in higher education.

“At the same time, we must continue to make prudent decisions that keep our state’s fiscal house in order. As this new economic forecast indicates, we don’t expect to see any major increases in employment, personal income, and wages; a continuing reminder that this economic recovery hasn’t felt like a recovery for so many hardworking Maryland families across our state.

“With a little over a month until the General Assembly adjourns for the year, I once again urge legislators to reject any proposals that would increase or create taxes and fees. We need to provide the stability and relief our working-class citizens and small businesses need to survive during these uncertain times. Furthermore, we must remain smart and forward-thinking about how we spend limited taxpayer dollars and accrue more debt, the latter of which can be dangerous to our fiscal stability in the years ahead.

“The fiscal realities we face require us to invest in the things that we need, and forego many of the things that we simply want. This is the same principle that so many households and business owners use when planning and executing their own budgets, and we have a solemn responsibility to do the same as their elected representatives.

“I am confident that if we continue on the current path of fiscal prudence, we will be well-positioned to emerge from these economic and fiscal challenges stronger than before, and we will be properly prepared to weather through future disturbances in our economy.”

 

Media contact: Joe Shapiro, 410-260-7305 (office) 443-871-2244 (cell)
Alan Brody 410-260-6346 (office) 443-924-1473 (cell)

Maryland Surpasses One Million Tax Returns Processed

Comptroller Franchot Reminds Taxpayers that Filing Deadline is April 18

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 6, 2017) – As the tax filing season reaches its mid-point, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his office has processed more than one million tax returns. The one-millionth return was submitted by a Calvert County tax filer.

To date, 1,037,311 returns have been processed. Comptroller Franchot urged Marylanders to e-file, as it’s the most secure and efficient way to submit a tax return. Most Marylanders who file electronically receive their state refunds within three business days.

“E-filing is the best and safest way for Marylanders to submit their tax returns,” Comptroller Franchot said. “My staff remains vigilant in the fight to identify fraudulent returns and tax fraud schemes and esslectronically filing allows us to more quickly process returns and get refunds back to taxpayers.”

Through expanded public outreach efforts by Comptroller Franchot, the number of electronic returns processed has steadily increased. Last year, the Comptroller’s Office processed more than 2.6 million returns electronically. Electronic filers represented about 84 percent of the 3.2 million personal income tax returns filed last year.

This year, the tax filing deadline is Tuesday, April 18, 2017, rather than the traditional April 15 date, which falls on a Saturday and is followed by the observance of Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. Marylanders can file their state tax returns electronically through the state’s free iFile system, which can be accessed online at www.marylandtaxes.com. A list of other approved vendors to file electronically can also be found on the website.

Free state tax assistance is available at all of the Comptroller’s 12 taxpayer service offices, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on any tax-related matter, visit www.marylandtaxes.com, call 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland, or email taxhelp@comp.state.md.us.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alan Brody, 410-260-6346 (office), 443-924-1473 (cell)

Comptroller Franchot Stops Processing Returns from More Private Tax Preparers

Suspicious Filings Lead Comptroller to Take Action For Second Time This Tax Season

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 2, 2016) – In his ongoing effort to combat tax fraud and identity theft, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that, effective immediately, he has suspended processing electronic and paper tax returns from 19 private tax preparers locations throughout the region, due to a high volume of questionable returns received.

“We continue to be vigilant and resolute in our commitment to protect Marylanders’ financial information and the integrity of our tax system,” Comptroller Franchot said. “I want to commend my Questionable Return Detection Team as it continues to work tirelessly to identify these fraudulent returns that try to drain our state coffers and ultimately cheat all Maryland citizens,” Comptroller Franchot said.

Accounting for tax preparers removed from last years’ list because they now are in compliance, the total number of process suspensions stands at 78 tax preparation offices at 98 locations. Since 2007, the Comptroller’s Office has detected and blocked nearly 76,000 fraudulent tax returns worth more than $174.2 million.

The new preparers or businesses notified of the action are:

• Integrated Multi Services, 1620 Elton Road, Ste. 204, Silver Spring, MD 20903
• First Rate Tax Service, 28 Henley Ct., Baltimore, MD 21244
• MD Tax Solution and Multi Services, 212 E. Main St., Ste. 208, Salisbury, MD 21801
• Tax4All LLC, 6507 New Hampshire Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912
• United Tax Pro, 6969 Richmond Hwy, Ste. 204, Alexandria, VA 22306
• Samuel Tax Services, 1005 North Point Blvd., Ste. 728, Baltimore, MD 21224
• A&E Tax Services, 5013 Frederick Ave., Baltimore, MD 21229
• Japrhispanic LLC, 8626 Flower Ave. 1, Takoma Park, MD 20912
• Money Back Tax LLC, 11120 New Hampshire Ave., Ste. 506, Silver Spring, MD 20904
• Rightway Financial Services LLC, 3363 Sudlersville South, Laurel, MD 20724
• Robinson Tax and Bookkeeping SRV, 4812 Liberty Heights Ave., Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
• A Year Round Tax Service Inc., 5820 York Road, Ste. T200, Baltimore, MD 21212
• Max Tax Service, 1019 University Blvd., Ste. 102, Silver Spring, MD 20903
• Marylis LLC, 113 Ellington Blvd., Apt. 421, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
• Sky Tax Service, 5981 Columbia Pike, Ste. 202, Falls Church, VA 22041
• MSM DBA PTS Tax Service, 6790 W. Broad St., Douglasville, GA 30134
• Trinity Supermarket Inc.,105 E. Pollock St., Mount Olive, NC 28365
• BKPR Management, 110 Q St., Washington, DC 20001
• Precise Financial, 8601 Harford Road, Ste. B, Baltimore, MD 21234.

The additional suspensions follow an announcement a few weeks ago that the Comptroller’s Office had halted processing returns from 20 tax preparers. Pursuant to his agency’s Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the Internal Revenue Service, Comptroller Franchot has shared this information with other tax agencies.

The Comptroller’s Office also has advised the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation of the decision, so that they can take any additional appropriate actions.

The suspicious characteristics detected on the tax returns prompting the determination included:

* Business income reported when taxpayers did not own a business.
* Refund amounts requested much higher than previous year tax returns.
* Inflated and/or undocumented business expenses.
* Dependents claimed when taxpayer did not provide required 50 percent support or care.
* Inflated wages and withholding information.

Taxpayers should carefully review their returns for these issues and should be suspicious if a tax preparer deducts fees from their refund, does not sign their tax return, or fails to include their preparer taxpayer identification number “PTIN” on the return. In the event that a taxpayer suspects fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller’s Office by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or by emailing TAXHELP@comp.state.md.us.

Below is a list of the tax preparers the Comptroller’s Office has already blocked:

Baltimore (City)
AO Tax Services, 2307 E. Monument St.
AO Tax Services, 3231 Belair Road
B and B Tax Service, 4707 Harford Road
DE Brown, 36 E 25th St.
EB Tax Service, 2322 Monument St.
EB Tax Service, 1818 Pennsylvania Ave.
Eltonia Tax & Contract Service LLC, 8058 Philadelphia Road, Baltimore, MD 21237
EMACK Tax Service, 123 W. Saratoga St.
Express Tax Inc., 5501 York, Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
Hartley Financial Enterprises LLC, 4602 Hampnett Ave.
HRQT LLC, 2136 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21218
Liberty Tax Service, 3308 Greenmount Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 503 W. Lexington St.
Liberty Tax Service, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 1742 W. North Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 1808 Pennsylvania Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 2039 W. Pratt St.
Loyalty Tax Services, 4602A Harford Road
Office Tax Solutions, 2230 E. Monument St.
Office Tax Solutions, 1439 W. Patapsco Road
OSE Tax Services, 5006 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
People Tax Service (aka Neighborhood Tax Services), 3219 Belair Road
PROTAXEM, 3104 N. Greenmount SVE, Baltimore, MD 21218
Quick Tax Service, 1809 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217
Quick Tax, 2401 Liberty Heights Road, Baltimore, MD 21215
Quick Money Tax Service, 6628 Harford Road, 2nd floor Baltimore, MD 21214
Tax Rite Services, 3406 Belair Road
Fachel Tax Service, 6331 Belair Road, Baltimore
TA Income Tax Service, 4833 Belair Road, Baltimore
Tax Maid, 2558 Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
JMD Tax Service, 2700 W. Franklin St., Baltimore
Marcjeze Tax Services, 5864 B Belair Road, Baltimore
Bodmars Tax Service, 4903 Belair Road, Baltimore
MK Tax Services and Investment LLC, 1031 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore
Neighborhood Tax Services, also known as Royal Auto Sales N Neighborhood Tax or People Tax Services at 3219 Belair Road, Baltimore and 3226 Belair Road, Ste. A, Baltimore
Chimex Tax Service, 2654 Maryland Ave., Baltimore
Jovan LLC, 5225 Harford Road, Baltimore
Taxcare , 6711 Belair Rd, Ste. B , Baltimore MD 21206

Baltimore County
Monique’s Taxprep Services LLC, 4342 Tucker Circle, Halethorpe, MD 21227
Liberty Tax Service, 435 C Eastern Blvd., Essex
Liberty Tax Service, 201 Back River Neck Road, Middle River
Quality Tax Service, 6 Woodstream Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Patricia’s Bookkeeping and Accounting, 227 Mysticwood Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
REMG Inc., 8715 Windsor Mill Road, Windsor Mill
Tax Plus, 727 Northrop Lane, Middle River, MD 21220
Tax Rite Services, 90 Shawgo Court, Middle River
Phenomenal Tax Service Corp., 1055 Ingleside Ave, Ste. 100, Baltimore
Swift Pro Tax Service, 10 Pine Cone Court, Nottingham

District of Columbia
Taxtime LLC/Speedy Tax Service,1002 H St., NE Washington DC 20002
Fred Accounting & Tax Services, 760 Morton St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Swift Tax Service, 1012 H St. NE, Washington, DC, and 3905 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC
OFAB LLC, 3938 Minnesota Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20019

Montgomery County
Liberty Tax Service, 11262 Georgia Ave., Wheaton
One Vision First (OVF) Consulting LLC, 8120 Fenton St., Suite 301b, Silver Spring, MD
Broadview Advisors and Co., Inc., 8757 Georgia Ave, Ste. 440, Silver Spring

Prince George’s County
ALR Tax and Financial Services LLC, 76 Ritchie Road, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
ICS Tax & Accounting Service , 8855 Annapolis Rd., Ste. 205, Lanham, MD 20703
Deldan Tax and Accounting Services, 9208 Fairlane Place, Laurel
Tax Relief Solution, 13042 Old Stagecoach Road, Laurel
KLS Tax Services, 18431 Shanna Drive, Accokeek, MD 20607
Liberty Tax Service, 8020 New Hampshire Ave., Langley Park
Liberty Tax Service, 5436 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747
Irene’s Taxes, 4610 Winterberry Lane, Oxon Hill
Griffin Financial, 1424 Colony Road, Oxon Hill
J & J Tax Service, 17205 Summerwood Lane, Accokeek
Tax Central USA, 5515 Livingston Road, Ste. 200, Forest Heights
The Tax Store 101 LLC, 1508 Kingshill St., Bowie
Taxpoint Solutions,1401 Mercantile Ln, Ste. 383, Upper Marlboro MD 20774
Vasquez Tax Services, 2340 University Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20783

Worcester County
Charles Multi Services, 216 Carson Court, Pocomoke City

Out-of-State
Evaniel Francois, 2124 Airport Road, Ste. 109, Naples, FL 34112
Eskindes Accounting and Tax LLC, 3379 Highway 5, Ste. K, Douglasville, GA 30135
JAE Establishments LLC, 3803 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Verita’s Efile Service Inc., 3 Centerview Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407, and 5720 Alameda, Baltimore, MD 21239

If taxpayers want to check to see if the Comptroller’s Office is processing returns from a particular tax preparer, or on their status for a previously filed claim, they are asked to contact the Maryland Comptroller’s Office Ombudsman at 410-260-4020 or email at ombudsman@comp.state.md.us.

If taxpayers suspect fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller’s Questionable Return Detection Team at QRDT@comp.state.md.us.
MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Shapiro, 410-260-7305 office or 443-871-2244 cell
Alan Brody, 410-260-6346 office or 443-924-1473

Franchot Urges Marylanders to File and Claim Their Federal Refunds Before Deadline

More than 20,000 Maryland taxpayers due an estimated $23 million in refunds

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 1, 2017) – Comptroller Franchot today urged any Marylander who has yet to file their 2013 tax returns to do so as soon as possible and collect their refund money. Earlier, the Internal Revenue Service announced that unclaimed federal income tax refunds totaling more than $1 billion may be waiting for an estimated 1 million taxpayers who did not file a 2013 federal income tax return. In Maryland, an estimated 22,200 individuals may be due $23 million in 2013 tax refunds, with an average refund of $770. These refunds exclude the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits.

“My agency works very hard to get refunds and unclaimed property back into the hands of the Marylanders who have earned them,” said Comptroller Franchot. “Unfortunately, there are still millions in unclaimed federal refund dollars. We want to urge anyone who has not yet filed their 2013 to do so before time runs out.”

To collect the money, taxpayers must file a 2013 tax return with the IRS no later than this year’s tax deadline, Tuesday, April 18.

In cases where a tax return was not filed, the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a refund. If they do not file a return within three years, the money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury. For 2013 tax returns, the window closes April 18, 2017. The law requires taxpayers to properly address mail and postmark the tax return by that date.

The IRS reminds taxpayers seeking a 2013 refund that their checks may be held if they have not filed tax returns for 2014 and 2015. In addition, the refund will be applied to any amounts still owed to the IRS, or a state tax agency, and may be used to offset unpaid child support or past due federal debts, such as student loans.
By failing to file a tax return, people stand to lose more than just their refund of taxes withheld or paid during 2013. Many low-and-moderate income workers may have been eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For 2013, the credit was worth as much as $6,044. The EITC helps individuals and families whose incomes are below certain thresholds. The thresholds for 2013 were:

• $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly) for those with three or more qualifying children;
• $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly) for people with two qualifying children;
• $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly) for those with one qualifying child, and;
• $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly) for people without qualifying children.

Current and prior year tax forms (such as the Tax Year 2013 Form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ) and instructions are available on the IRS.gov Forms and Publications page or by calling toll-free: 800- TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Taxpayers who are missing Forms W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 for the years 2013, 2014 or 2015 should request copies from their employer, bank or other payer.

Taxpayers who are unable to get missing forms from their employer or other payer should go to IRS.gov and use the “Get Transcript Online” tool to obtain a Wage and Income transcript. Taxpayers can also file Form 4506-T to request a transcript of their 2013 income. A Wage and Income transcript shows data from information returns we receive such as Forms W-2, 1099, 1098 and Form 5498, IRA Contribution Information. Taxpayers can use the information on the transcript to file their tax return.

 

IRS: March 1 Tax Deadline Nears for Farmers and Watermen; IRS Direct Pay Offers an Easy Way to Pay

ANNAPOLIS (February 27, 2017) ― The Internal Revenue Service is reminding farmers and watermen about Wednesday’s deadline to take advantage of special rules that can allow them to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments.

Taxpayers with income from farming or fishing have until Wednesday, March 1, to file their 2016 Form 1040 and pay the tax due to avoid making estimated tax payments. This rule generally applies if farming or fishing income was at least two-thirds of the total gross income in either the current or the preceding tax year.

Since 2014, IRS Direct Pay has offered individual taxpayers an easy way to quickly pay the tax amount due or make quarterly estimated tax payments directly from checking or savings accounts without any fees or pre-registration.

IRS Direct Pay is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be scheduled up to 30 days in advance. Last year, IRS Direct Pay received more than nine million tax payments from individual taxpayers totaling more than $31.6 billion.

When a taxpayer uses the tool they receive instant confirmation after they submit their payment. Direct Pay cannot be used to pay the federal highway use tax, payroll taxes or other business taxes.

Taxpayers who wish to pay their federal business taxes electronically should enroll in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), or visit IRS.gov/payments to check out other payment options.

Farmers and fishers choosing not to file by March 1 should have made an estimated tax payment by Jan. 17 to avoid a penalty.
For more information, visit IRS.gov.

Comptroller’s Office Prevents $1.1 Million in Fraudulent Income Tax Returns

Detecting Bogus Filings Remains Top Priority for Agency

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 14, 2017) – With the tax filing season under way less than a month, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his office has detected more than $1.1 million in fraudulent requests from 760 income tax filers. The tax season began January 23.

“Tax fraud and identity theft represents the single greatest risk facing taxpayers today,” Comptroller Franchot said. “My team of highly-skilled fraud detectors uses state-of the-art technology to identify fraud while processing returns. Guarding honest Marylanders’ hard-earned money and keeping it safe remains a top priority for me and the members of my team.”

With more than 580,000 electronic and paper returns processed so far this season, Comptroller Franchot urges Marylanders to file electronically as it’s the most secure and efficient way to submit a tax return. Most Marylanders who file electronically receive their state refunds within three business days.

In the past three weeks, the Comptroller has:

• Announced 20 tax preparers added to last year’s list of 68 locations in which his office has stopped processing returns.
• Warned Maryland taxpayers and business about a W-2 phishing scam.
• Announced four indictments in tax fraud schemes with Attorney General Brian Frosh.

Since becoming Comptroller ten years ago, the Comptroller’s Questionable Returns Detection Team has blocked nearly 76,000 fraudulent returns worth more than $174 million.

The tax filing deadline this year is Monday, April 18, 2017, rather than the traditional April 15 date. Marylanders can file their state tax returns electronically through the state’s free iFile system, which can be accessed online at www.marylandtaxes.com. A list of other approved vendors to file electronically can also be found on the website.

Free state tax assistance is available at all of the Comptroller’s 12 taxpayer service offices, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on any tax-related matter, visit www.marylandtaxes.com, call 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland, or email taxhelp@comp.state.md.us.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Shapiro, 410-260-7305 (office), 443-871-2244 (cell)
Alan Brody, 410-260-6346 (office), 443-924-1473 (cell)

Comptroller Franchot Halts Returns from Twenty Tax Preparers amid Pattern of Questionable Filings

Move Effective Immediately Pending Investigation

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 9, 2017) – Moving aggressively to protect Maryland taxpayers, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his office has immediately suspended processing electronic tax returns from 20 paid tax preparers due to a high volume of questionable returns received.

“Protecting Maryland taxpayers and detecting fraudulent returns are our top priorities,” said Comptroller Franchot. “We are resolute in our efforts to ensure that the tax refunds we send out are legitimate and go to the people who have earned them. I want to thank my Questionable Return Detection Team who works tirelessly to root out the returns that try to cheat our state and steal from all Marylanders.”

The businesses, which have been sent written notice of the action, were identified by the Comptroller’s nationally recognized fraud unit using state-of-the-art technology that allows the Comptroller’s Office to detect fraud while processing returns. These 20 preparers join the 68 businesses blocked last year. Although, the agency’s review process provides an opportunity for the blocked preparers to restore their filing privileges, to date, none of the previously suspended tax preparers has had these privileges restored.

Comptroller Franchot, pursuant to the recently signed IRS Security Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”), has shared this information with other tax agencies. The Comptroller’s Office also has advised the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation of the decision, so that they can take any additional appropriate actions.

“Guarding against tax fraud schemes and fraudulent returns are the biggest challenges facing tax administrators across the country,” added Comptroller Franchot. “My office will continue to use every tool at our disposal to ensure the safety and accuracy of Maryland’s tax filing systems.”

The tax preparers blocked from filing returns by today’s actions are:

Vasquez Tax Services, 2340 University Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20783
OSE Tax Services, 5006 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
ALR Tax and Financial Services LLC, 76 Ritchie Road, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
OFAB LLC, 3938 Minnesota Ave., Washington, DC 20019
Monique’s Taxprep Services LLC, 4342 Tucker Circle, Halethorpe, MD 21227
Express Tax Inc., 5501 York, Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
KLS Tax Services, 18431 Shanna Drive, Accokeek, MD 20607
Liberty Tax Service, 5436 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747
Quick Tax Service, 1809 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217
PROTAXEM, 3104 N. Greenmount SVE, Baltimore, MD 21218
HRQT LLC, 2136 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21218
Quick Tax, 2401 Liberty Heights Road, Baltimore, MD 21215
Quick Money Tax Service, 6628 Harford Road, 2nd floor Baltimore, MD 21214
JAE Establishments LLC, 3803 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
One Vision First (OVF) Consulting LLC, 8120 Fenton St., Suite 301b, Silver Spring, MD
Tax Maid, 2558 Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
Eltonia Tax & Contract Service LLC, 8058 Philadelphia Road, Baltimore, MD 21237
Tax Plus, 727 Northrop Lane, Middle River, MD 21220
Quality Tax Service, 6 Woodstream Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Patricia’s Bookkeeping and Accounting, 227 Mysticwood Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Below is a list of the tax preparers the Comptroller’s Office blocked last year:

 

Baltimore (City)
AO Tax Services, 2307 E. Monument St.
AO Tax Services, 3231 Belair Road
B and B Tax Service, 4707 Harford Road
DE Brown, 36 E 25th St.
EB Tax Service, 2322 Monument St.
EB Tax Service, 1818 Pennsylvania Ave.
EMACK Tax Service, 123 W. Saratoga St.
Hartley Financial Enterprises LLC, 4602 Hampnett Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 3414 Eastern Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 3308 Greenmount Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 200 N. Highland Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 503 W. Lexington St.
Liberty Tax Service, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 1742 W. North Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 1808 Pennsylvania Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 2039 W. Pratt St.
Loyalty Tax Services, 4602A Harford Road
Office Tax Solutions, 2230 E. Monument St.
Office Tax Solutions, 1439 W. Patapsco Road
People Tax Service (aka Neighborhood Tax Services), 3219 Belair Road
Tax Rite Services, 3406 Belair Road
Fachel Tax Service, 6331 Belair Road, Baltimore
TA Income Tax Service, 4833 Belair Road, Baltimore
JMD Tax Service, 2700 W. Franklin St., Baltimore
Marcjeze Tax Services, 5864 B Belair Road, Baltimore
Bodmars Tax Service, 4903 Belair Road, Baltimore
MK Tax Services and Investment LLC, 1031 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore
Neighborhood Tax Services, also known as Royal Auto Sales N Neighborhood Tax or People Tax Services at 3219 Belair Road, Baltimore and 3226 Belair Road, Ste. A, Baltimore
Chimex Tax Service, 2654 Maryland Ave., Baltimore
Jovan LLC, 5225 Harford Road, Baltimore
Taxcare , 6711 Belair Rd, Ste. B , Baltimore MD 21206

Baltimore County
Liberty Tax Service, 435 C Eastern Blvd., Essex
Liberty Tax Service, 201 Back River Neck Road, Middle River
REMG Inc., 8715 Windsor Mill Road, Windsor Mill
Tax Rite Services, 90 Shawgo Court, Middle River
Phenomenal Tax Service Corp., 1055 Ingleside Ave, Ste. 100, Baltimore
Swift Pro Tax Service, 10 Pine Cone Court, Nottingham

District of Columbia

Taxtime LLC/Speedy Tax Service,1002 H St., NE Washington DC 20002
Fred Accounting & Tax Services, 760 Morton St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Swift Tax Service, 1012 H St. NE, Washington, DC, and 3905 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC

Montgomery County
Liberty Tax Service, 11262 Georgia Ave., Wheaton
Broadview Advisors and Co., Inc., 8757 Georgia Ave, Ste. 440, Silver Spring

Prince George’s County

ICS Tax & Accounting Service , 8855 Annapolis Rd., Ste. 205, Lanham, MD 20703
Deldan Tax and Accounting Services, 9208 Fairlane Place, Laurel
Tax Relief Solution, 13042 Old Stagecoach Road, Laurel
Liberty Tax Service, 8020 New Hampshire Ave., Langley Park
Irene’s Taxes, 4610 Winterberry Lane, Oxon Hill
Griffin Financial, 1424 Colony Road, Oxon Hill
J & J Tax Service, 17205 Summerwood Lane, Accokeek
Tax Central USA, 5515 Livingston Road, Ste. 200, Forest Heights
The Tax Store 101 LLC, 1508 Kingshill St., Bowie
Taxpoint Solutions,1401 Mercantile Ln, Ste. 383, Upper Marlboro MD 20774

Worcester County
Charles Multi Services, 216 Carson Court, Pocomoke City

Out-of-State
Evaniel Francois, 2124 Airport Road, Ste. 109, Naples, FL 34112
Eskindes Accounting and Tax LLC, 3379 Highway 5, Ste. K, Douglasville, GA 30135
Verita’s Efile Service Inc., 3 Centerview Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407, and 5720 Alameda, Baltimore, MD 21239

Taxpayers should carefully review their returns for these issues and should be suspicious if a preparer:

• Deducts fees from the taxpayer’s refund to be deposited into the tax preparer’s account,
• Does not sign the tax return, or,
• Fails to include the Preparer Taxpayer Identification number “P-TIN” on the return.

If taxpayers suspect fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller’s Office by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or by emailing TAXHELP@comp.state.md.us.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Shapiro, 410-260-7305 (office), 443-871-2244 (cell)

Comptroller Accepting Nominations for the 2017 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award

Sixth Year of Honoring Individuals and Organizations Statewide

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 8, 2017) – Comptroller Peter Franchot announced today that his office is now accepting nominations for the 2017 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. Established in 2012, the award honors the unparalleled legacy of public service left by former Mayor, Governor and Comptroller Schaefer and is presented in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City to individuals and organizations with an unwavering commitment to helping people.

“William Donald Schaefer was a role model for many citizens and organizations helping neighbors and strangers throughout our great state,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Every day, hundreds of Marylanders sacrifice their own time to aid vulnerable populations or those in need. It is a privilege to recognize their selfless contributions.”

Award recipients will be selected on their demonstration of:

• Improving the community;
• Promptly responding to a citizen problem through effective government intervention;
• Directly aiding our most vulnerable populations; or,
• Establishing a public/private partnership to improve the lives of fellow Marylanders.

Comptroller Franchot will personally present the award to each winner starting in April.

The 2017 nomination form must be submitted by March 31.

Call 410-260-7801 if you have additional questions.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alan Brody, 410-260-6346 (office), 443-924-1473 (cell)

IRS: Don’t Fall for Scam Calls and Emails

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 7, 2017) — Scams continue to use the IRS as a lure. These tax scams take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try and steal money from taxpayers. Identity theft can also happen with these scams.

Taxpayers need to be wary of phone calls or automated messages from someone who claims to be from the IRS. Often these criminals will say the taxpayer owes money. They also demand payment right away. Other times scammers will lie to a taxpayer and say they are due a refund. The thieves ask for bank account information over the phone. The IRS warns taxpayers not to fall for these scams.

Below are several tips that will help filers avoid becoming a scam victim.
IRS employees will NOT:

• Call demanding immediate payment. The IRS will not call a taxpayer if they owe tax without first sending a bill in the mail.
• Demand payment without allowing the taxpayer to question or appeal the amount owed.
• Require the taxpayer pay their taxes a certain way. For example, demand taxpayers use a prepaid debit card.
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Threaten to contact local police or similar agencies to arrest the taxpayer for non-payment of taxes.
• Threaten legal action such as a lawsuit.

If a taxpayer doesn’t owe or think they owe any tax, they should:

• Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page to report the incident.
• Report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your report.

In most cases, an IRS phishing scam is an unsolicited, bogus email that claims to come from the IRS. Criminals often use fake refunds, phony tax bills or threats of an audit. Some emails link to sham websites that look real. The scammers’ goal is to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. If they get what they’re after, they use it to steal a victim’s money and their identity.

For those taxpayers who get a ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:

• Don’t reply to the message.
• Don’t give out your personal or financial information.
• Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Then delete it.
• Do not open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer.

More information on how to report phishing or phone scams is available on IRS.gov.

 

Comptroller Franchot Warns Taxpayers of Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam

School districts, Tribal casinos, Chain Restaurants, Temporary Staffing Agencies, Healthcare, Shipping and Freight industries Now Being Targeted

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 3, 2017) – Comptroller Peter Franchot is warning taxpayers about a W-2 phishing scam targeting schools, restaurants, hospitals, tribal groups and others. The Comptroller said his agency and Internal Revenue Service are alerting employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has moved beyond businesses to school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits. The W-2 scammers also are trying to steal employee W-2 information with an older scheme on wire transfers, which can victimize organizations twice.

“My agency is committed to protecting Maryland taxpayers and stays vigilant for email phishing scams that seek to steal people’s private financial information. These types of crime can lead to fraudulent tax returns, identity theft and can devastate the victims’ financial well-being,” Comptroller Franchot said.

Cybercriminals are using various spoofing techniques to disguise an email to make it appear as if it is from a company or an organization’s executive. The email is sent to an employee in the payroll or human resources departments, requesting a list of all employees and their Forms W-2.  The IRS says the W-2 scam, which first appeared last year, has started earlier this tax season and affects a broader cross-section of organizations. Businesses that received the scam email last year also are reportedly receiving it again this year. Cybercriminals then follow up with an “executive” email to the payroll or corporate comptroller asking that a wire transfer also be made to a certain account.

The Comptroller’s Office advises taxpayers not to reply to emails asking for confidential information, most especially Social Security numbers, birth dates, salary information or home address.  Maryland taxpayers may call 1-800-MD-TAXES or send an email to QRDT@comp.state.md.us to report a problem.

MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Sauers (410) 260-7438 (office), (410) 212-9414 (cell)