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Tax filers facing changes

March 13, 1997

Following are some changes to consider when filling out state and federal income tax returns:

  • This year single and married residents who make less than $50,000, have no dependents, use 1040EZ forms and didn't change addresses since last year will receive special tax packages allowing them to file their federal tax returns using Telefile. Last year, only single people could use the telephone filing system.
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit has increased to a maximum of $3,556. Federal taxpayers who make less than $25,078 with one qualifying child, or who make less than $28,495 with more than one qualifying child, can get the credit.
  • Washington County volunteer firefighters and rescue workers who earned 50 credits for service hours are eligible for a $3,000 state tax deduction. Certification from the fire or rescue department must be included with the tax return.
  • Senior citizens who qualify for the state's pension exclusion no longer need file a separate Form 502PE. They do need to complete a worksheet on page 5 of the state tax booklet and enter the result on the long form.
  • Maryland residents who work in Pennsylvania or West Virginia should call Maryland tax officials if they received a W-2 statement from their employer showing that state withheld taxes.


Citizens pay income taxes to the state in which they live, not the state in which they work.

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