March 11, 2021

Maryland State Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extension  Due to Unprecedented Deluge of Pandemic Relief Legislation

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On Thursday, March 11, 2021, Comptroller Peter Franchot, authorized a three-month extension of the Maryland state income tax filing and payment deadline—prohibiting the assessment of penalties and interest so long as returns are filed, and taxes are paid by the new July 15, 2021 deadline.

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In the press release, the Comptroller clarified that the extension is a necessary result of recent and pending state and federal legislation which impacts 2020 tax filings and provides additional economic relief for those taxpayers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.¹ The Maryland state income tax filing and payment deadline extension is applicable to:

  • Individual returns,
  • Pass-through entity returns, and
  • Fiduciary and corporate income tax returns (including first and second quarter estimated payment).

Moreover, according to the Comptroller, Maryland’s own recent passage of the RELIEF Act “required extensive revisions to previously released forms and software programs used by tax filers and tax software vendors.”² Indeed the Comptroller was quoted as stating,

“We’ve never before seen so many changes to the current year’s tax code in the midst of the tax filing season . . . We’re realistic about the burden this puts on taxpayers, tax preparers and our staff, which is why I’m taking this emergency action to extend the tax filing deadline to July 15.”³

We want to remind our readers that all taxpayers should note that currently the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is maintaining its usual April 15th filing and payment deadline; we will timely alert our readers if the IRS changes that deadline.

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