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Help available for Washington County residents as tax deadline looms

April 10, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- April 15 -- the final day to file state and federal tax returns -- is fast approaching.

Many who don't normally file tax returns must file this year in order to receive a payment as part of the economic stimulus package, an IRS spokesman said.

State officials reminded people that those who don't normally file federal returns but are doing so for the stimulus package do not need to file state returns.

Plenty of help is available to those who still need to fill out their state returns, said Christine Duray, spokeswoman for the Maryland Comptroller's office.

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The Comptroller's Hagerstown office, at 1 S. Potomac St., will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. People can walk in, and if they bring their federal returns, staff will help them complete their state return and file it electronically for free, Duray said.

"Don't wait until the last minute," said Jim Dupree, IRS spokesman for Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Waiting until the last minute could be costly, because people sometimes make mistakes or overlook tax benefits, Dupree said.

He encouraged people to complete their returns over the weekend, Dupree said. The IRS office in Hagerstown, at 1260 Maryland Ave., will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, he said.

Seniors who don't normally file tax returns need to file this year because of the stimulus package, he said.

The Washington County Commission on Aging is holding a session today to help senior citizens complete the forms that must be filed in order for them to receive the economic stimulus package money from the federal government.

The session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Commission on Aging offices at 140 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown.

Organizers ask those attending the session to bring their income statements.




On the Web: www.irs.gov, www.marylandtaxes.com.

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