Filing tax returns

April 14, 1991

The federal and state governments and U.S. Postal Service are offering last-minute help for taxpayers facing a deadline of midnight tomorrow for filing 1990 income tax returns.

The state comptroller's office and Internal Revenue Service are jointly providing "one-stop shopping" for help with tax forms tomorrow, with state officials at the Fallon Federal Building at Hopkins Plaza from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and IRS personnel on duty at the State Office Building at 301 W. Preston St. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PHONE NUMBERS

The IRS is offering free telephone tax assistance from 8 a.m. t 6:15 p.m. tomorrow:

(301) 962-2590 in Baltimore

(800) 829-1040 toll-free

TTY/TDD telephone service for the hearing-impaired also is available tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

(800) 829-4059

The IRS also has 24-hour recorded information for people using touch-tone telephones (8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. tomorrow for rotary equipment). The numbers are:

(301) 466-1040 in Baltimore

(800) 829-4477 toll-free

WALK-IN SERVICE

Walk-in service is available in the District of Columbia and at 10 IRS tax offices across Maryland tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. They are at:

Baltimore

Fallon Federal Building

First floor

Annapolis

West Woods Business Park

190 Admiral Cochrane Drive

Suite 170

Cumberland (LaVale)

Braddock Square Mall

Winchester and Vocke roads

Easton

One Mill Place

Suite 110

Elkton

Brown Building

1 Brown Court

Frederick

Monocacy Shopping Center

922 East St.

Hagerstown

201 S. Cleveland Ave.

Landover

Metro-Plex 1, Room 300

8401 Corporate Drive

Salisbury

Federal Building

129 E. Main St.

Wheaton

Plaza South

Wheaton Plaza Shopping Center

District of Columbia

500 N. Capitol St. N.W.

First floor

MARYLAND ASSISTANCE

The Maryland comptroller's office is offering free telephone tax assistance from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. The numbers are:

(301) 225-1995 in Baltimore

(800) MD TAXES toll-free

State income tax offices will be open for telephone and walk-in service tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Locations and numbers are listed in the Maryland income tax packet and in local telephone directories.

AT THE POST OFFICE

Last-minute help for federal and state income taxes will be offered tomorrow from 6 p.m. to midnight at the main Baltimore Post Office, at 900 E. Fayette St. -- the only Postal Service facility in the Baltimore area where the required April 15 postmark will be available at the witching hour.

The midnight postmark also will be available in Montgomery County at sites including the Bethesda, Silver Spring and Rockville main post offices; in Prince George's at the Laurel Post Office on Main Street and the Hampton Park Stations on Edgeworth Drive in Capitol Heights; and in Charles County at the Waldorf Post Office.

Also tomorrow:

* A Postal Service mobile van will be in operation at Security Square Mall from 6 to 10 p.m.

* Window service hours will be extended to 10:30 p.m. at the Eudowood branch, 1238 Putty Hill Ave., and the Halethorpe branch, 6 Waelchli Ave.

* Tax returns will receive the April 15 postmark if they are placed in collection boxes by 11 p.m. at Eudowood or Halethorpe, at collection boxes in front of all stations and branches in the 212 Zip Code area, and at these post offices:

Annapolis; Bel Air; Cockeysville; Columbia; Cumberland; Elkton; Ellicott City; Frederick; Glen Burnie; Hagerstown; Lutherville-Timonium; Owings Mills.

GETTING AN EXTENSION

If all else fails, taxpayers may request an extension for filing by sending Form 4868 to the IRS or Maryland Form 502E to the comptroller's Income Tax Division. But there's a catch or two:

Taxpayers must make a reasonable estimate of any tax liability and pay any balance due and face interest and possible penalties on late payments. And forms requesting an extension of the filing deadline must be postmarked by midnight tomorrow.

Military personnel involved in Operation Desert Storm are eligible for a filing extension of six months or more. No special form or tax payment is necessary by April 15. For information, contact tax offices.

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