Maryland Announces New Software Designations and e-File Amended Returns
There will be a significant change in the software approval process for Maryland MeF for Tax Year 2013. Beginning January 1, 2014, the Comptroller of Maryland will designate eFile Software Vendors’ Maryland products as either Basic or Comprehensive. This will apply to both business and individual income tax software packages.
The Basic designation will be used for simple returns. Software packages designated as Comprehensive will support all electronic forms, including Amended Returns (new for 2013 tax returns) and the transmission of binary attachments (PDFs).
These designations (business and individual) will help taxpayers and tax professionals determine which software will best fit their needs. Please see the list of approved software. We will update this page for Tax Year 2013 as we approach the tax season.
2013 Contact Information Form
Prior to submitting forms for approval please complete the Comptroller of Maryland 2013 Software Vendor Contact Information Form and return it to us at: MDSOFTWAREDEVELOPERS@COMP.STATE.MD.US or Fax: 410-260-7157.
Final forms and instructions for tax years 2013 and 2014 will be posted as they become available. Note: These forms are not for public use.
2D Barcode Specifications
The final 2D barcode specifications for tax years 2013 and 2014 forms will be posted as they become available. Since we prefer the 2D barcode method for computer preparation of paper returns, vendors providing 2D barcodes will be designated as preferred software vendors for tax professionals. For more instructions about 2D barcode processing, see Administrative Release 26.
Computer-Printed Substitute Forms
See Administrative Release 26 for the current procedures involving computer-printed substitute forms.
Forms Approval Instructions
See the Forms Approval Instructions prior to submitting forms.
Electronic Filing Program
For information about Maryland's electronic filing program for personal and business tax returns, see eFile for Providers.
For more information about forms, barcodes and substitute forms, please contact Steve Gaul at 410-260-7605 or e-mail MDSOFTWAREDEVELOPERS@COMP.STATE.MD.US . Software developers seeking information about eFile record specifications and other aspects of Maryland's electronic filing program should contact the eFile Help Desk at 410-260-7753 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
For information concerning W-2/1099 electronic and magnetic media specifications, please contact the Magnetic Media Unit at 410-260-7150.