If you haven't filed your taxes yet, there is still time. The Annapolis branch of the state comptroller's office is one of 12 open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide free income tax return assistance and preparation. The office is located in the Revenue Administration Center, located at 80 Calvert St. in Annapolis.
Complete addresses of branch offices and phone numbers can be found at http://individuals.marylandtaxes.com/taxhelp/localoffices.asp.
"If you bring in your W2s, 1099s and completed federal return, we'll prepare and file your state return for free," Comptroller Peter Franchot said in the release.
Besides this Saturday's special hours, free tax assistance is available at all of the agency's offices, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Telephone assistance is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at 800-MD-TAXES (800-638-2937 or 410-260-7980), according to the release.
Additional hours of assistance will also be offered on the day of the tax-filing deadline, April 17 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. At all agency locations, comptroller employees will be available for last-minute tax return assistance and preparation.
Taxpayers who owe and file their tax return electronically by April 17 can choose to have their payment direct debited and get an extra two weeks to pay, according to the release. Payments must be scheduled for April 30 or earlier.
Due to the large volume of mail received in the final days before the tax deadline, taxpayers who file by paper and are expecting a refund should plan for a delay in receiving their money. To check the status of a refund, visit the comptroller’s website or call 410-260-7701 or 800-218-8160.
Taxpayers can also download state tax forms and find helpful information online at www.marylandtaxes.com.