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Free income tax help offered to Marylanders

March 18, 1999

Washington County residents can get face-to-face help at their local Internal Revenue Service office on Saturdays until the end of tax season.

However, judging by the small number of people coming in on Saturdays, few seem to realize it, according to IRS spokesman Domenic J. LaPonzina.

The IRS office at 1260 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through April 10, LaPonzina said.

The Frederick, Md., office, at 210 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 203, has the same hours, he said.

Federal tax assistance by telephone has been expanded to 24 hours a day, seven days a week this year, LaPonzina said. The toll-free number for general tax assistance is 1-800-829-1040.

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Tax publications, forms and information are available online at www.irs.ustreas.gov.

Forms can be ordered by calling 1-800-829-3676.

Taxpayers can check the status of their federal refunds by calling 1-800-829-4477.

Maryland taxpayers can get free state tax help at the Comptroller's service office at One S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays April 3 and 10.

Bring a completed federal return and all W-2 statements and your state tax form will be prepared for you.

Tax help is available by telephone from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays at 1-800-638-2937.

Forms can be ordered by calling 1-410-260-7951.

Taxpayers can check the status of their state refunds by calling 1-800-218-8160.

Tax publications, forms and information are available online at www.marylandtaxes.com.

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