Comptroller Peter Franchot today extended the filing and payment deadline for 2021 Maryland state individual income taxes by three months – to Friday, July 15, 2022 – to assist taxpayers facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Comptroller Franchot’s decision to extend the filing and payment deadlines – essentially a waiver of penalties and interest on outstanding liabilities – from Monday, April 18, 2022, to Friday, July 15, 2022, reflects the pandemic’s continued impact on Maryland individuals and families.
Maryland taxpayers do not need to request an extension to receive the three-month grace period — it is automatic for all resident and non-resident filers. However, taxpayers who expect to receive a refund should file their returns as soon as possible.
The Internal Revenue Service, which already has warned of processing delays for the 2022 tax season due to COVID, has not indicated any plans to extend the federal income tax filing and payment deadline beyond April 18.
According to a press release:
“Many people are still struggling to stay above water, so giving taxpayers more time to file and pay will hopefully ease their financial pressure,” Comptroller Franchot said. “As we approach the two-year mark of the onset of COVID-19, my agency remains as committed as ever to helping Marylanders who still are feeling the pandemic’s impact.”
This is the third consecutive year that Comptroller Franchot has extended filing and payment deadlines to July 15. Those extensions have benefitted roughly 600,000 taxpayers each of the past two years, enabling them to hold on to a combined $1.8 billion as an interest-free loan, which may have allowed them to take care of more pressing issues like paying rent or keeping their businesses open.