Tax Deadline Extended By Storm

BERLIN — Following the lead of the Internal Revenue Service, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot this extended the Sept. 15 filing due date for Maryland taxpayers and their preparers affected by Hurricane Irene.

Eligible taxpayers now have until Sept. 22 to file tax returns for personal and business tax filings normally due Sept. 15.

“I empathize with anyone impacted by this disaster,” said Franchot. “This extension will assure that any individuals and business in the area are not penalized by an incident that was beyond their control. I remind everyone effected that this provision is only an extension to file, not a postponement to pay.”

The taxpayer or taxpayer’s preparer must be located in an area that was under an evacuation order or a severe weather warning due to Hurricane Irene, even if the preparer is located outside of the federally-declared disaster areas. For more information on tax relief in disaster situations, visit

Taxpayers should continue to visit the Comptroller’s Website at for the more updated information on tax relief for Marylanders.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.