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Frequently Asked Questions About Income Tax

5. Can I use the Maryland short form, Form 503?

You may be able to use short Form 503 to file your state income taxes if:

  • Your federal adjusted gross income is less than $100,000.
  • You are not claiming more than two dependents.
  • You are a full time resident of Maryland (part-year residents, nonresidents, fiscal year taxpayers and returns covering less than a 12-month period, cannot use Form 503).
  • You do not itemize deductions.
  • You have no additions or subtractions from income.
  • You did not make estimated income tax payments for the current year.
  • You did not have a tax refund applied to your estimated tax account for the current year.
  • You have not requested an extension by filing Form 502E.
  • You do not claim a tax credit using either Form 500CR or 502CR.
  • You do not want all or part of your refund credited to next year's estimated tax account.

You may also file Form 503 for free online by using our iFile service.

For more information about forms, see Choosing the Right Income Tax Form



 
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Income Tax FAQs
  q1 - Do I have to file a Maryland income tax return?
  q2 - How can I file electronically?
  q3 - Is there a tax break for two-income families?
  q4 - What if I live in Maryland but commute to work in Delaware?
  q5 - Can I use the Maryland short form, Form 503?
  q6 - Does Maryland offer a tax break for child care expenses?
  q7 - What if I live in Maryland and work in Washington, D.C.?
  q8 - Can I put the full amount of the earned income credit from my federal return on form 503?
  q9 - I am retired from the federal government. Can I have state tax withheld from my pension?
  q10 - What is the local income tax?
  q11 - Does Maryland have any tax checkoffs?
  q12 - Why didn't I get credit for taxes I paid to another state?
  q13 - I am a part-year resident of Maryland and I want to use another method for allocating my itemized deductions. What do I do?
  q14 - Should I use the pre-printed address label on my Maryland tax return?
  q15 - How can I check on my income tax refund?
  q16 - Who should pay estimated taxes?
  q17 - When should I file my estimated tax?
  q18 - Can I pay my personal income tax liability with a credit card?
  q19 - How do I make a payment arrangement?
  q20 - Why did I receive an assessment stating I owe Maryland tax, but I never lived in Maryland?
  q21 - Who is considered a nonresident for Maryland tax purposes?
  q22 - Is there a tax break for contributions I make to College Savings Plans of Maryland?
  q23 - I received a 1099G form recently. What is this form all about?
  q24 - Why do I have to pay a fee when using my credit card to pay my taxes?
  q25 - How can I get a copy of my Maryland tax return?
  q26 - How can I change my tax return after I've already filed?
  q27 - How can I establish power of attorney for state tax purposes?
  q28 - Do I have to add back on my Maryland return the contributions that I make to a flexible spending account that I set up with my employer for medical expenses?
  q29 - Can same-sex couples who are legally married in another state file a joint return tax return in Maryland?
 
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