The processing time for Maryland tax refunds can vary depending on several factors, such as the complexity of your tax return, the accuracy of your information, and the volume of returns the Maryland Comptroller’s office is processing at the time.
Generally, Maryland tax refunds are issued within 21 days if the return was filed electronically and the refund is being deposited directly into a bank account. If you filed a paper return, it may take up to 12 weeks to receive your refund.
Checking the Status of Your Maryland Tax Refund
If you’re concerned about the status of your Maryland tax refund, you can check the status online using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool on the Comptroller of Maryland website or by calling their Taxpayer Services line at 410-260-7701 or 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) toll-free.
Maryland Tax Refund Delays
There are several reasons why a Maryland tax refund may be delayed. Some common reasons for refund delays include:
- Incomplete or inaccurate information: If there are errors or omissions in your tax return, it can cause delays in processing your refund.
- Additional review: If the Comptroller’s office determines that your tax return needs additional review or audit, it may take longer to process your refund.
- Identity verification: If there is a discrepancy or potential fraud associated with your tax return, the Comptroller’s office may need to verify your identity before issuing your refund.
- Filing a paper return: If you file a paper tax return instead of an electronic one, it may take longer to process your refund.
- Outstanding debt: If you owe back taxes, child support, or other government debts, the Comptroller’s office may apply your refund to those outstanding balances.
Changes to Your Maryland Tax Refund
If you find that the Comptroller’s office has changed the amount of your tax refund, you should receive a notice explaining the reason for the change. The notice should include instructions on how to dispute the change if you disagree with it.
Remember that changes do not always mean you should have gotten a smaller refund. You may have forgotten to include information that supports a bigger refund. Sometimes, the Comptroller’s office just makes mistakes.
Get Help with a Maryland Tax Refund
If you find that there is an issue with your refund, such as a delay or an error in the amount, you should contact the Comptroller’s office for assistance. You can reach their Taxpayer Services line at the numbers provided above, or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When contacting the Comptroller’s office, be sure to have your Social Security number or tax ID number, your tax year, and your refund amount available to provide to the representative. They may also ask you for additional information or documentation to help resolve the issue.
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