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 e-File Software Vendorsí Maryland products as either Basic or Comprehensive (see Tax Alert). 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 Form 500CR, Amended Returns (new for 2013 tax returns) and the transmission of binary attachments (PDFs).
These designations 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.
Tax Law Changes
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. For new developments in federal and state tax law and other reporting requirements, sign up for the Federal/State Tax Institutes.
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. Beginning 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, beginning 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).