Filing your taxes electronically offers many benefits. It is easy, safe and convenient - and the fastest way to receive your refund. If you file electronically and choose direct deposit of your refund, we will transfer the funds to your bank account within several days from the date your return is accepted and processed. If you choose to have your refund deposited into multiple accounts, you can do so, provided your financial institution is not outside of the United States.
IMPORTANT: Please use only valid Checking or Savings account and routing numbers on your Direct Deposit request. The bank routing number and account number appear at the bottom of your checks. Do not use the number that appears on your ATM or Debit Card. If you do not know your bank routing and account numbers, please contact your financial institution. If the information you provide is incorrect, the bank may reject the direct deposit, which will result in a paper check being issued. This will add several days to receipt of your refund.
If you owe taxes and file electronically by the April 17, 2018 deadline and you are paying electronically, you have until April 30, 2018 to make the electronic payment by direct debit or credit card. The direct debit option is available only if you file electronically. See the Payment Methods section for payment details.
There are two Necessary Paper Forms that may need to accompany an electronic filing, but that depends on which tax credits you claim and on your method of payment.
There are several ways to file your personal income tax returns electronically. Please review the information below and choose the one that best fits your needs. Keep in mind that your Maryland return begins with your federal adjusted gross income, so you must prepare your federal return first before you can prepare your Maryland return.
File Electronically With iFile
You can use our free iFile service to file your Maryland resident tax return online, if you meet certain iFile Requirements and are filing Form 502.
File Electronically Using Approved Computer Software
You can file both your Maryland and federal tax returns online using Approved Online Filing Providers and Software Vendors on your personal computer. To use this method, you'll need to know the correct County Abbreviation for the Maryland county in which you live. You may need to enter the correct Subdivision Code for the city in Maryland in which you live.
File Electronically Through a Tax Professional
You can choose among a host of professional tax preparers in Maryland who can file your return electronically for you. While we cannot endorse any specific professional, the IRS offers a list of Electronic Filing Providers for your convenience.
IRS Free File
You may qualify to electronically file your federal return for free by using IRS Free File. Some of the companies participating in the IRS Free File service will file your Maryland return electronically for free as well. No matter what company you select, you can always return to our site to file your Maryland tax return for free online, using our iFile service.
Electronic Filing Mandate for Tax preparers: House Bill 810 (Chapter 422, Acts of 2009) requires income tax return preparers who have prepared, for compensation, more than a certain number of qualified State income tax returns in the prior taxable year to file all qualified State income tax returns electronically. The Act also authorizes the Comptroller to impose penalties for each return not filed in compliance with the Act.
Click here to download the PDF of the Comptrollerís brochure on filing advice for taxpayers who want to file electronically.