BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The deadline for some businesses to file certain tax filings has been pushed back due to the coronavirus.

State comptroller Peter Franchot announced it applies to some businesses filing sales and use tax, withholding tax, and admissions & amusement tax, as well as alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel excise taxes, tire recycling fee and bay restoration fee returns.

The original deadline would’ve been March 20th.

The new deadline is June 1st.


Business taxpayers who file and pay by the extended due date will receive a waiver of interest and penalties. Businesses that already filed March sales and use taxes can request a refund.


“Our state’s top priority is safeguarding public health for Marylanders, but we must also protect the financial health of our economy,” Franchot said in a statement.

The agency has set up a dedicated email address — — to assist businesses with extension-related questions.

Business owners can also call the Comptroller’s Ombudsman at 410-260-4020.

Friday morning, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Tax Day would move from April 15 to July 15. Maryland officials had previously said the state will conform to the IRS’ decision.

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