New IFTA Filing Requirements
Beginning December 9, there is a new Maryland IFTA system used to file returns and payments electronically. The Explorer system will use the latest encryption and security technologies to provide for full electronic filing of returns and payments through common web browsers to the State of Maryland. See the IFTA page for more information and important links to video modules.
Maryland employers who have contracted with Accupay, Inc. for payroll services may contact Assistant Comptroller, Joe Shapiro, the Comptroller's designated taxpayer ombudsman, to determine whether they currently have any delinquent income tax withholding returns or outstanding withholding liabilities with the State of Maryland. Mr. Shapiro can be reached at 410-260-4020 or at email@example.com.
The Comptrollerís Office will work with affected employers to bring their Maryland income tax withholding accounts into good standing. While interest and penalties will be waived, employers remain liable for unpaid withholding taxes. The Comptroller's Office will, however, establish payment plans for affected taxpayers as appropriate.
While further action following the Wynne case is being considered, taxpayers should be aware that the statute allows three years to file amended tax returns and taxpayers are advised to speak with a tax professional to determine whether the case affects them.
Sales and Use Tax Changes
Due to recent legislative changes, there is a new section on Sales and Use Tax Form 202 for the 9-1-1 Surcharge Fee. As of July 1, 2013, sellers of prepaid wireless telecommunications services are required to report and remit all Prepaid Wireless E 9-1-1 Fees collected by the seller for retail transactions of prepaid wireless telecommunications. See the new Sales and Use Tax Facts and Sales and Use Tax Bulletin for more information.
Also, as of August, 1, 2013, taxpayers may no longer include or report sales and use taxes using the EFT ACH (Electronic Funds Transfer Automated Clearinghouse) option. You may file and pay using our free bFile service which offers direct debit, or you may pay by credit card online at www.officialpayments.com or by calling 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829).