Transcript: Comptroller Tax Chat March 21,2013

(Mar 21 2013, 10:58:21 -07:00 PDT – Mar 21 2013, 12:19:17 -07:00 PDT)

 

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Mar 21
10:58:21
Tax Chat Moderator
-> Everyone
Thanks for joining us. We’re going to get started in a few minutes, but please feel free to submit questions now.
Mar 21
10:59:15
Patti
-> Panelist(s)
I am self-employed in MD. I have 1099s from DC and MD. However, I worked full-time (W2) in VA from Oct. 2012 – Feb. 2013. How do I file my state tax in MD? Do I need to file state tax in VA/DC as well?
Mar 21
11:03:49
VK -> Panelist(s) I pre-submitted my question
Mar 21
11:03:55
Patricia ->
Comptroller Franchot
I live in Maryland but I worked full-time in Virginia from October 17, 2012 thru February 20, 2013. How do I file my state income tax with MD? Do I also have to file in VA as well?
Comptroller Franchot
-> Patricia
Patricia, If you live in Maryland, file a Maryland return (502 return). You do not have to file anything with Virginia, unless they mistakenly withheld taxes from your income. In that case file with Virginia for a refund. Thank you for the question. BTW, file electronically please. Speeds up your refund. Peter
Mar 21
11:04:29
Patti
-> Panelist(s)
Thank You!
Mar 21
11:07:21
candy
-> Panelist(s)
I keep going to ifile to do my niece tax for free but not coming up to get started. What do I need to put in? This is her first time filing on her own and she is very low income
Mar 21
11:09:59
Patti ->
Comptroller Franchot
I am self-employed in MD. I have 1099s from DC and MD. However, I worked full-time (W2) in VA from Oct. 2012 – Feb. 2013. How do I file my state tax in MD? Do I need to file state tax in VA/DC as well?
Comptroller Franchot
-> Patti
Patti, See the response to the previous question from Patricia. You pay taxes in the state in which you are domiciled. To the extent you have paid taxes to another jurisdiction you may be able to claim a credit on your Maryland tax return.
Mar 21
11:12:25
Alana
-> Panelist(s)
I was laid off last year and can’t afford to pay what I owe right now. Should I not file until I can? I’ve never been in this situation before.
Mar 21
11:14:00
Veronica ->
Comptroller Franchot
If our company is based in Maryland and we have an employee working in Florida, should the employee be subject to Maryland state taxes? Also, if the employee worked part of the year here in Maryland and the other part in Florida, should all of the wages and withholding be subject to Maryland or just the wages?
Comptroller Franchot
-> Veronica
Veronica, If the employee works in Florida, then no withholding would be required unless they are a Maryland resident. If it is a Maryland company, then the company should withhold for the time the employee worked in Maryland. Good question, Almost had me stumped. Thanks, Peter
Mar 21
11:15:57
Marshall
-> Panelist(s)
Hello Mr. Franchot. I already filed my taxes, but it turns out I made an error that the IRS caught, in my favor fortunately so I got a bigger federal return. But since I already got my return from the state, will that automatically be adjusted or do I have to contact you to fix it?
Mar 21
11:16:56
candy ->
Comptroller Franchot
I keep going to ifile to do my niece’s tax for free but not coming up to get started. What do I need to put in? This is her first time filing on her own and she is very low income.
Comptroller Franchot
-> candy
Candy, Hard to answer your question without more information. Call Karen Scheerer, my taxpayer ombudsman at 410 260-4020. Tell her the comptroller referred you! Peter
Mar 21
11:17:21
nique
-> Panelist(s)
hello is there any way that i can print out a Maryland W2 form for my current job?
Mar 21
11:17:53
RedskinsGirl
-> Panelist(s)
To be eligible for free tax prep help from your office, what’s the income limit?
Mar 21
11:18:05
Glenn
-> Panelist(s)
Has my estimated taxes for 2013 been established?
Mar 21
11:21:14
candy
-> Panelist(s)
THANKS I will call in just a few minutes. HAVE A GREAT DAY !!
Mar 21
11:21:16
Alana ->
Comptroller Franchot
I was laid off last year and can’t afford to pay what I owe right now. Should I not file until I can? I’ve never been in this situation before.
Comptroller Franchot
-> Alana
Alana, Sorry about being laid off. These are tough economic time for far too many Marylanders. Definitely file by April 15. We will work with you for a reasonable payment plan likely free from penalties. We are on your side. For more information call 410 974-2432, and once again mention my name. Peter
Mar 21
11:22:44
Coffeeroll
-> Panelist(s)
Hi! I have a sales and use tax question: I’m based in Maryland and it’s primarily where I sell artwork. But if I wanted to do a show in Philadelphia would I collect sales tax for Maryland, Philly or both?
Mar 21
11:24:22
RedskinsGirl ->
Comptroller Franchot
To be eligible for free tax prep help from your office, what’s the income limit?
Comptroller Franchot
-> RedskinsGirl
I like your user name. Go Redskins! There is no income limit. We aspire to help all Marylanders, regardless of income. No questions asked. For more information about branch offices and hours of operation, please visit www.marylandtaxes.com. Good question. Peter
Mar 21
11:25:40
Max
-> Panelist(s)
Does a person on Medicaid pay MD state taxes? The person is 77 years old.
Mar 21
11:28:44
Jim_H
-> Panelist(s)
When or where can I get form and info to declare and pay
Mar 21
11:28:49
Marshall ->
Comptroller Franchot
Hello Mr. Franchot. I already filed my taxes, but it turns out I made an error that the IRS caught, in my favor fortunately so I got a bigger federal return. But since I already got my return from the state, will that automatically be adjusted or do I have to contact you to fix it?
Comptroller Franchot
-> Marshall
Marshall, Generally, it is better to file an amended state return within 90 days (Form 502X, available on website). You will get a quicker resolution to any appropriate state refund. Peter
Mar 21
11:29:44
Jim_H
-> Panelist(s)
When and where can I get forms and info to pay 2013 estimated tax?
Mar 21
11:31:42
OC
-> Panelist(s)
My son had his first summer job as a waiter, but didn’t keep track of his tips. How do I know what his income really was?
Mar 21
11:32:04
Max ->
Comptroller Franchot
Does a person on Medicaid pay MD state taxes? The person is 77 years old.
Comptroller Franchot
-> Max
Max, It depends on the income level of the taxpayer. Generally speaking, less than $11,200 income for someone over 65 means they do not have to file a state return, regardless of medicare or medicaid. Peter
Mar 21
11:32:38
Natitude
-> Panelist(s)
I have an odd question. I know for a fact that my sister has committed tax fraud, but just hasn’t gotten caught. Who should I contact about it or should I just hope the system catches her? Will it catch her?
Mar 21
11:33:45
Coffeeroll ->
Comptroller Franchot
Hi! I have a sales and use tax question: I’m based in Maryland and it’s primarily where I sell artwork. But if I wanted to do a show in Philadelphia would I collect sales tax for Maryland, Philly or both?
Comptroller Franchot
-> Coffeeroll
Coffeeroll, No. Good luck. I hope you do well. Peter
Mar 21
11:36:01
Grace
-> Panelist(s)
I have heard a lot in the news lately about all of the cigarettes being smuggled through Maryland and your call to increase penalities. Why do you care about this issue?
Mar 21
11:37:03
Comptroller Franchot
-> Everyone
BTW, Coffeeroll, you may need to register with appropriate tax administration in Pennsylvania and collect appropriate sales tax, You do not have to collect sales tax for Maryland. Peter
Mar 21
11:40:03
GaryS
-> Panelist(s)
my ex-wife is illegally claiming our two kids (4 and 7) on her taxes but they live full-time with me. if i file after she does, will the state see they have been claimed twice and what should i do?
Mar 21
11:41:09
OC ->
Comptroller Franchot
My son had his first summer job as a waiter, but didn’t keep track of his tips. How do I know what his income really was?
Comptroller Franchot
-> OC
OC, Tips are reported as income. Estimate the tips to the best of his ability and make sure the employer did not estimate tips on his W-2. Good luck. Glad he was working at a job. Looking forward to visiting Ocean City this summer. Peter
Mar 21
11:45:06
Grace ->
Comptroller Franchot
I have heard a lot in the news lately about all of the cigarettes being smuggled through Maryland and your call to increase penalities. Why do you care about this issue?
Comptroller Franchot
-> Grace
Grace, Thank you for the question, We are facing an epidemic of cigarette smuggling because the penalties are light and profits huge. The state of Maryland is losing tax revenue, small businesses are unable to compete fairly, and underage Marylanders are getting access to cigarettes. I hope the legislation passes this year to increase the fines and jail sentences for cigarette smuggling. Peter
Mar 21
11:46:44
E ->
Panelist(s)
Can businesses decide on their own to charge an Obamacare tax?
Mar 21
11:46:56
Jim_H ->
Comptroller Franchot
When and where can I get forms and info to pay 2013 estimated tax?
Comptroller Franchot
-> Jim_H
Jim H. The estimated tax forms are available on our website www.marylandtaxes.com. Thanks for the question. Peter
Mar 21
11:48:56
Glenn ->
Comptroller Franchot
Has my estimated taxes for 2013 been established?
Comptroller Franchot
-> Glenn
Glenn, Call 1 800 MDTaxes tollfree to find out the status of your individual account. Peter
Mar 21
11:50:39
Prissy
-> Panelist(s)
Good afternoon Comptroller Franchot. I’m a Navy sailor stationed in Maryland, and I live on the eastern shore. My home was damaged from Sandy, are there any deductions that I’d qualify for as a Marylander in the military.
Mar 21
11:52:40
Natitude ->
Comptroller Franchot
I have an odd question. I know for a fact that my sister has committed tax fraud, but just hasn’t gotten caught. Who should I contact about it or should I just hope the system catches her? Will it catch her?
Comptroller Franchot
-> Natitude
Natitude, Those must be interesting Thanksgiving dinners. Seriously, the hotline number is 410 767-1325. Good luck. Peter
Mar 21
11:53:45
VK ->
Panelist(s)
Hi this Veronica again. If the person who worked in Maryland for part of the year and then had MD withholding stopped because they moved and began performing services in Florida, should the wages still be reportable to Maryland even though the withholding has stopped since Florida does not have a state tax?
Mar 21
11:55:05
Connor
-> Panelist(s)
As a Towson alum, I’m appalled that the administration got rid of baseball and soccer in such a disrespectful way. Thank you for bringing this issue to the public’s attention and calling for the president to come to Annapolis. Do you think there is hope that the sports might come back to TU?
Mar 21
11:56:03
Prissy ->
Comptroller Franchot
Good afternoon Comptroller Franchot. I’m a Navy sailor stationed in Maryland, and I live on the eastern shore. My home was damaged from Sandy, are there any deductions that I’d qualify for as a Marylander in the military.
Comptroller Franchot
-> Prissy
Prissy, As a fellow veteran, thank you for your service. Sorry about your home….. any casualty losses permitted on the federal return will flow through to your Maryland return. Peter
Mar 21
11:56:06
towson_baseball_mom
-> Panelist(s)
I really don’t have a question but i wanted to thank you for your support of our Student athletes. I am doing my sons for the first time. Thank You.
Mar 21
12:05:04
Comptroller Franchot
-> Everyone
We are concluding now but will answer all remaining questions on taxes. We received several questions and comments about Towson soccer and baseall teams. I remain angry and troubled by the decision to discontinue these programs and the manner in which it was handled. It is a disservice to these talented student athletes and their families and harms a great school, Towson. On April 3 at 10 AM in Annapolis there will be a meeting of the Board of Public Works. The Governor and I asked that the President of Towson attend and answer all questions. The meeting is open to the public. Feel free to attend and speak up
Mar 21
12:19:17
Tax Chat Moderator
-> Everyone
Thanks again for joining us this afternoon. On behalf of the Comptroller, we appreciate you being one of the vast majority of Marylanders who do the right thing and pay your taxes on time. As always, we’re here to serve you so please don’t hesitate to visit our website at www.marylandtaxes.com or email mdtaxhelp@comp.state.md.us.