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Deadline nears for filing taxes

IRS officials are expecting approximately 193,000 Maryland taxpayers to file for extensions

April 14, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • In this 2012 file photo, United States Postal Service sales associate Margie George hands a receipt for certified mail to Henry Boone inside the West Frankin Street facility. Boone was the last customer to deliver his tax returns before the office closed. Paper tax forms need to be postmarked before 5 p.m. Monday to meet the IRS deadline.
Herald-Mail file photo

Even some people who don’t normally procrastinate on doing their taxes might need to file for an extension this year.

While the official IRS tax deadline is midnight Monday night, people who are submitting paper tax forms will want to get them postmarked before 5 p.m. Monday.

The U.S. Post Office will not have extended hours, closing as usual at 5 p.m. time Monday, Hagerstown Postmaster Jared Myers said.

For people who still need to file their Maryland tax returns, the Maryland Comptroller’s downtown Hagerstown office, at 1 S. Potomac St., will be open until 7 p.m. Monday, spokeswoman Christine Duray Feldmann said.

Filing season started late this year due to last-minute tax changes by Congress, so IRS officials are expecting approximately 193,000 Maryland taxpayers to file for extensions, IRS spokeswoman Peggy Riley said last week.

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Congress extended the American opportunity tax credit, as well as credits for people who made eligible energy-efficient improvements to their homes and expense deductions for teachers who paid for classroom supplies, Riley said. The American opportunity tax credit is for college expenses, including course-related books, according to www.irs.gov.

Congress passed the last-minute tax bill after Jan. 1, so changes had to be made to the computer program and paper tax forms, Riley said.

The IRS received about 2.8 million returns from Maryland taxpayers in 2012, Riley said.

As of Wednesday, 48,540 Maryland tax returns from Washington County had been filed, according to information provided by Feldmann. Of those returns, 1,271 were paper returns and 47,629 were filed electronically, she said.

Of the 48,540 state returns filed, 41,939 were owed a refund, according to state tax information.

The average state refund for Washington County filers, as of Wednesday, was $882, according to the information.

People who file their returns electronically should receive their refund in three days, Feldmann said.

Riley said the tax deadline used to get delayed if April 15 fell on Patriots Day, as it does this year, but that is no longer the case.

The deadline for Marylanders used to be delayed because of Patriots Day because the IRS service center that processed paper returns for Maryland was in Massachusetts, which celebrates the holiday, Riley said.

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