Md. withholding form is being explained

Maryland Watch

December 04, 1997

Representatives of the state comptroller's office met yesterday in Rockville with supervisors of high school guidance counselors, as part of an effort to get the word out about a new withholding exemption form.

Students and other part-time workers earning less than $6,800 do not need to have taxes withheld from their paychecks, but must file a new form to be exempted from withholding.

Those filing by Dec. 31 will avoid withholding in the new year and may not have to file a 1998 state return at all, said Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein.

The comptroller's office says filing the forms means that part-time workers get larger paychecks, employers have less paperwork and the state has fewer tax returns to process.

In addition to informing guidance counselors -- who will be given explanatory fliers including forms -- the comptroller's office is attempting to alert employers.

Assistant Comptroller Marvin A. Bond said the effort grew from a study of how to reduce paperwork. He said there are an estimated 200,000 students in the state who file returns only to get a refund and could become exempt by filing the new form.

Pub Date: 12/04/97

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