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How to Use iFile
General Requirements
Requirements For Filing a Maryland Return
If you are not required to file a Maryland return
System Requirements
First-time Filer Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions
Help
Taxpayer Support
Disclaimers
Additional copies
Amended Returns
New for iFile
Military and support personnel serving in a "combat zone"
Save a copy of your return
Granting Your Preparer Access

New for iFile

There are a number of enhancements for iFile, yet the look and feel of iFile from previous years remains the same. Some of the changes for 2013 are as follows:

  1. You will only be able to file tax returns using iFile for the current tax year and two years back.
  2. New addition code p which is amount attributable to Maryland's decoupling from the federal itemized deduction limitation threshold.
  3. New subtraction code mm which is amount received by a claimant for noneconomic damages as a result of a claim of unlawful discrimination.
  4. Anne Arundel County tax rate increased to .0256
  5. Talbot County tax rate increased to .0240
  6. Wicomico County tax rate increased to .0320
  7. 502CR Part G Health Enterprise Zone Practitioner Tax Credit.

How to Use iFile
  • Choose Your Tax Year & Form Type
  • Submit Registration
    • All first time online users are required to submit a registration.
  • Log On
    • Begin your return:
      • If you filed your return using iFile last year, enter your Social Security Number, Last Name and Password in the fields indicated same as last year. Click LOGON. Some information from that return will be prefill fields into the current return.
  • If you previously started to file a return and did not complete the filing, enter your Social Security Number, Last Name, and Password in the fields indicated and click LOGON.
  • If you have completed your return and wish to obtain a copy, enter your Social Security Number, Last Name, and Password in the fields indicated and click LOGON. Follow the instructions for printing copies.
  • Did you forget your password? If so, use the 'forgot password' link and enter your Social Security Number, Last Name and Date of Birth in the fields indicated. Click SUBMIT.

  • Enter Data

    Enter your tax data in the fields as indicated. If you can not directly enter the data, look for an add box or worksheet and click as appropriate. Data for these fields is automatically entered on the form by completing the add or worksheet function.

    Please round to the nearest whole dollar. Amounts up to $0.49 are rounded to the next lowest whole dollar. Amounts $0.50 and above are rounded up to the next highest whole dollar.

  • Exit and Save to Complete Later

    You can quit the application at any time. All data entered up to the page you are viewing will be saved by clicking Quit, followed by clicking OK. If you wish to save the data on the page you are viewing, click Next once, then Quit followed by OK.

  • Reviewing Data Entered Before Submission

    You are encouraged to review your data before completing your return by clicking on Tax Summary located in the menu to the left. If you need to change any data following your review, click the appropriate section on the top navigation bar, or use the Back button at the bottom of the page (DO NOT USE YOUR BROWSER BACK BUTTON). Highlight the field you want to change and enter the new data. You must click on the Next button to update the new information. Keep clicking Next until you reach the page to review your return.

  • Help

    If you need help during the filing of your return, please try the Help button located next to input fields. If you need additional help, you may contact us between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. We offer extended taxpayer support during peak filing season from February to mid April. See
    Taxpayer Support for phone numbers and e-mail address. Forms and instructions are available on our website at www.marylandtaxes.com or see Taxpayer Support.

  • Completing Your Return.

    Please review the return you have prepared by clicking on TAX SUMMARY located in the menu to the left. If satisfied with the return you have completed, click SUBMIT on the last page. If required to submit any schedules, forms, or documents to the State of Maryland Comptroller's Office, the requirements will be displayed on the page immediately following the submission of your return.
    General Requirements
    • The filing due date is April 15th. If the due date falls on a Saturday or Sunday or a state observed Holiday then the return will be due the following business day.
    • Complete your federal tax return before iFiling your Maryland return. Maryland law requires that your income and deductions be entered on your Maryland return exactly as they were reported on your federal return. However, all items on the Maryland return are subject to verification, audit and revision by the Comptroller's Office.
    • Obtain all copies of form W2, W2G, 1099R and 1099G that are applicable to your return.
    • If you have a balance due, your payment is due on 4/15. If timely filing your return electronically, you may extend your payment date up to April 30th.
    • Retain copies of all federal and state tax forms, schedules, certifications and attachments for your records.
    Requirements For Filing a Maryland Return
    • Calculate your federal gross income to determine your total federal income. Gross income is defined in the Internal Revenue Code and, in general, consists of all income regardless of source. It includes wages and other compensation for services, gross income derived from business, gains (not losses) derived from dealings in property, interest, rents, royalties, dividends, alimony, annuities, pensions, income from partnerships or fiduciaries, etc. IRS Publication 525 provides additional information on taxable and nontaxable income.
    • Add to your total Federal Adjusted Gross Income, (AGI), any Maryland additions to income. See Instruction 12 on our website at www.marylandtaxes.com or see Taxpayer Support. This is your Maryland gross income.
    • If you are a dependent taxpayer, add to your total federal income any Maryland additions and subtract any Maryland subtractions. See Instructions 12 and 13 on our website at www.marylandtaxes.com or see Taxpayer Support. This is your Maryland gross income.
    • You must file a Maryland return if your Maryland gross income equals or exceeds the income levels in Table 1 below.
    • If you or your spouse are 65 or over, use Table 2 below.

    Minimum Filing Level Requirements for Current Tax Year
    Table 1 - For taxpayers under 65
    Table 2 - For taxpayers 65 or over
    Single persons (including dependent taxpayers) $10,000 Single, age 65 or over $11,500
    Joint return $20,000 Joint return, one spouse age 65 or over $21,200
    Married persons filing separately $  3,900 Joint return, both spouses age 65 or over $22,400
    Head of household $12,850 Married persons filing separately, age 65 or over $  3,900
    Qualifying widow(er) $16,100 Head of household, age 65 or over $14,350
        Qualifying widow(er), age 65 or over $17,300

    If you are not required to file a Maryland return and had Maryland taxes withheld:
    • To get a refund of Maryland income taxes withheld, you must file a Maryland return
    • Complete Registration page(if first time user)
    • Complete information on Income page for:
      . Adjusted gross income from your federal return
      . W2 or 1099 information
    • Enter total Earned Income Credit from your federal return on Income page
      (If eligible, the Earned Income Credit and Poverty Level Credit will be automatically calculated)
    System Requirements
    • You need at least Microsoft Explorer 4.0 with the display font set to default.
    • If you are using a browser other than Internet Explorer and experience difficulties try upgrading your browser to the latest version.
    • Leave your browser setting for language set to default so JavaScript and cookies are enabled.
    • You will need a printer if you wish to print your return.
    • You will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or better installed to view tax documentation in the PDF format.   


    First-time Filer Requirements
    • If you (and your spouse) have not filed a Maryland Return in the previous year, a link to print Form EL101 (First-time filer declaration) will automatically be displayed under Completed Forms located on the confirmation page.


    Taxpayer Support
    • You can contact us at:
      (410) 260-7980 or
      (800) 638-2937 or
      email at "taxhelp@comp.state.md.us "


    Disclaimers
    • We cannot be responsible for inaccurate printing due to variations in hardware or system settings. You should check your printed copies for completeness before you leave the tax confirmation page.


    Additional copies
    • Follow the instructions below to obtain a copy of your completed return:
      • Select which tax year and form type you wish to print from the iFile Choose Form page.
      • Enter your Social Security Number, Last Name and Password in the fields indicated.
      • Click Logon. This will direct you to a return list.
      • Select print under Options to print all or any part of your return. This will refer you back to the Confirmation Page.
      • Under Completed Forms you can select which form(s) you wish to print. PDF or Text versions are available.
    • If you are unable to recall your password, see Taxpayer Support.


    Amended Returns
    • If you need to make an adjustment to a return that has already been submitted and processed, you must file an AMENDED return.

    • There are two ways to amend your return:
      1. If you submitted your original Maryland Tax Return using iFile, you may amend your previously submitted information also using iFile. Enter your Social Security Number, Last Name and Password, then select the AMEND option from the list of options.
      2. If your original Maryland income tax return was submitted in any other manner other than iFile or is for another tax year, please allow approximately six weeks for the original return to be processed. Use Form 502X to file an amended return. Forms and Instructions are available on our website at www.marylandtaxes.com or by calling (410)-260-7951. The amended return must be mailed to:

        Comptroller of Maryland
        Revenue Administration Division
        Annapolis, Maryland 21411-0001

    • If you requested an electronic funds withdrawal on your original electronic return, we recommend you file your Amended return after the date of withdrawal on your original filing.
    Frequently Asked Questions about Military and support personnel serving in a "combat zone"
    • Does Maryland allow the same extension provisions for individuals serving in a designated Combat Zone or Qualified Hazardous Duty Area as does the IRS?
      Yes. Maryland allows the same extended due date for filing and paying personal income tax as allowed by the IRS.
    • What does the extension apply to?
      It applies to filing tax returns, estimated tax reports, filing for a refund including status of limitations for back year returns and amended returns or an appeal to a Maryland Tax Court.
    • If I am hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in a combat zone, will the extension provisions continue to apply?
      Yes. Hospitalization is considered as service in a combat zone, therefore the same provisions apply.
    • Do the extension provisions apply to me and my non-military spouse?
      Yes. The extension provisions apply to both spouses whether joint or separate returns are filed. There are two exceptions concerning hospitalization and termination of the combat zone designation. See the IRS website at www.irs.gov
    • Do the extension provisions apply only to members of the U.S. Armed Forces?
      No. It also applies to those individuals serving in the combat zone in support of the U.S. Armed Forces
    • How do I indicate on my tax return that I qualify for the combat zone extension?
      This is indicated by clicking the combat zone box. The code "912" will appear on your 502 return (PDF & HTML formats).
    • Where can I find additional information on combat zone extension provisions?
      Visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov


    Frequently Asked Questions
    • Can I leave my filing unfinished and return later? Yes. To return and complete your filing select the correct tax year and return type, log on entering your SSN, last name and password.
    • How secure is my tax information? All of your information is encrypted with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to ensure your privacy.
    • I did not get a confirmation page. What should I do? Generally, this means we did not receive your return and you may need to re-enter it. However, you may want to contact us before submitting a new return. See Taxpayer Support.
    • Can I pay by credit card? Yes, by going to the Official Payments web site at www.officialpayments.com or calling 1-800-2PAYTAX. Please use jurisdiction code 3000 when prompted, if using the internet. A convenience fee will be charged to your credit card. The state does not receive this fee. You will be informed of the exact amount of the fee before you complete your transaction. Official Payments Corp. accepts American Express, Discover Card, Visa, and Master Card only.
    • Can I use direct debit option? Yes, you can pay your liability in full or use our partial payment option when using electronic funds withdrawal.  If you are making an electronic partial payment with your return and extending your payment date to 4/30 you MUST pay your remaining balance due electronically.
    • Can I correct an error or omission on my return once it has been submitted? Yes, an error or omission can be corrected in two ways. First, if you immediately notice the error, log back in using your Name, Social Security Number and Password. You will see a list giving you the option to print or edit your return. Select Edit and page through the return using the NEXT button located at the bottom of each page, highlighting and correcting those fields in error. For example, if you forgot to include a W2 Form, you will enter the new W2 on the Income Page. As you page through the rest of your return you will notice the return will automatically recalculate the affected fields based on the changed data. You will finish by submitting the return. You will receive a new confirmation number as well. Second, if your return has been processed, when you log in again you will see the options to either PRINT or AMEND. Select AMEND. For additional information, see Amended Returns section above.
    • I just iFile'd my return; can I save a copy to my computer? Yes.  When you receive your confirmation of filing you will be shown a list of all the forms you submitted; each of these forms may be viewed as a text file - and, in some cases, as a PDF file.  To save a copy of a form to your computer:
        -- click on TEXT (or PDF *see note below) to display the form, then
        -- click FILE on your browser's menu bar; next,
        -- click SAVE (or SAVE AS); when the SAVE dialog box appears,
        -- click OK.
      If you are not on your own computer, save the file to a diskette or CD/ROM disc instead of to the computer's hard drive.
      After saving each file, close the SAVE dialog box and use your browser's BACK button to return to the summary page; clicking the "X" in the upper right-hand corner will close your browser and will terminate your session.
      We also maintain your return, as well as any supporting forms filed with it, on our secure server; if at some point in the future you need to print a copy of a form, simply return to this site with your social security number, last name and password and you will be able to retrieve and print your form(s).
      * Note: In order to save a copy of your return in PDF format you must have the full Adobe® Acrobat™ package installed on your computer.  The free version of the Adobe Acrobat reader does not allow you to save the return with your tax data filled in.
    Granting Your Preparer Access
    • To grant your Tax Preparer the authority to view your tax information, you must be logged in and have enhanced registration. To upgrade your registration and/or add a preparer, log in and go to your User Profile. Once there, click on Manage Preparer and enter all necessary information. To restrict viewing access for future filings we request that you provide us with an end date.

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