Comptroller of Maryland. Serving the People. Peter Franchot, Comptroller
Maryland Taxes

Where is my Refund


If you have questions on your refundů 



Why is my refund less than I expected?


The Revenue Administration Division will issue you a notice when a change is made to your return.  If after you review the notice and you have questions, for the best possible assistance, you should call with the notice in hand.  However, before you call, please review the following reasons to see if one or more may apply to you:


You owe money for past taxes, child support, another state, or federal agency.  Those monies will be deducted from your refund(s) until the debt is repaid.


You tried to claim an ineligible dependent.  There are specific regulations regarding claiming a dependent.  A dependent you are not legally able to claim will be disallowed.


You failed to include the Form 502B.  You must include this form in order to claim a dependent other than you and a spouse.


You tried to claim a dependent whose social security number has already been claimed by someone else.


You did not provide a valid Social Security number or ITIN. 


You tried to claim a deduction for which you are not eligible.  Ineligible deductions will be disallowed.  An example is that a claim on 502SU, which requires documentation, did not have the documentation included with the return. 


You claimed a credit for 502CR without including the Form 502CR and/or required documentation with the return. 


You forgot to calculate the local tax along with the state income tax.


Your W-2 or 1099 has been altered.



Why is there a delay in processing my return or refund?

There may be an aspect of your return which causes a delay in processing. Please review these possibilities before you call:


 You did not provide the necessary documentation to process your return. For example, W-2 or 1099 forms, which support your claim for taxes withheld.


An incomplete tax return; either a page is missing or you included forms for another state or for the IRS instead of completed Maryland forms.


Your return may be illegible, if written in pencil or red ink. This will delay the processing of your tax return.


There may be aspects of your return which require further review, or possibly an audit. We also randomly select tax returns for audit, as well as auditing returns, which have abnormally high deductions or credits.





Why did I receive a check instead of having my refund direct deposited?

In order to process a return where a direct deposit is requested, we must be able

to read all numbers correctly. Where the routing and/or account number is not

easily readable, we may reject the direct deposit.


You did not provide the complete account number for your bank account. Some bank account numbers begin with a series of zeroes, and these zeroes are part of your account number. If you omit them, your refund will not go to your account.


You did not put the bank information (routing number and account number) on the return. Attaching a voided check or a deposit slip will not work. The bank information must be printed on the return for a direct deposit/debit.


On a paper return with two bar codes on page 1, any information written on the return will be ignored. If you must make a change to any of the information, such as adding direct deposit information, print out the return after adding this information and mail it to Revenue Administration. Better yet, file electronically.


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