A Message from Comptroller Franchot

To our friends at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce,

Last month, I sent out an email about the actions our agency is taking to help businesses during this unprecedented situation. I want to update you on some further developments within our agency and the state:

  • Payment Holiday: Governor Hogan announced a 90-day payment holiday for mortgages last week, something that Comptroller Franchot has been calling for over the past month. He also signed an executive order to prohibit repossession of cars, trucks, and mobile homes, and prohibits commercial and industrial evictions. In a previous executive order, the Governor prohibited residential evictions as well. Working with the Maryland Bankers Association and other financial institutions, more than 70 Maryland banks have agreed to offer payment deferments and forbearance on mortgages to assist homeowners during these challenging times.
  • Taxpayer Services. While our 12 regional branch offices and call centers have been closed, taxpayers may contact taxhelp@marylandtaxes.gov for questions and assistance.
  • Suspension of Paper Return Processing effective April 15. In furtherance of our efforts to comply with social distancing, the Comptroller announced yesterday that no paper returns will be processed after April 15. Taxpayers will still be able to file electronic returns.
  • Promoting Carryout: Our office is continuing to compile a list of businesses offering carrying out food and drink in the state—we have more than 2,000 businesses on our list at marylandtaxes.gov.

Once again, we want to be of help to you during this difficult time. If you have any feedback about how we can better support businesses in your jurisdiction, please don’t hesitate to respond to Awalinskas@marylandtaxes.gov. If you have questions about the extended business filing deadline, please email taxpayerrelief@marylandtaxes.gov or call the Ombudsman at 410-260-4020.


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