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Franchot announces tax extension for Baltimore businesses

Businesses in Baltimore City will have an extra two weeks on the state’s sales tax deadline.

Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot granted the extension in the wake of civil unrest and a state of emergency that was declared in the city following the death of Freddie Gray.

“We recognize that the retailers and restaurants that are such a vital part of the community are in need of help as the rebuilding process begins in Baltimore City,” Franchot said in a statement. “Extending the sales tax deadline will offer some assistance as businesses, which were already facing tough economic times, are now struggling because of a loss in revenues.”

Businesses were expected to file those returns on May 20. Baltimore City businesses that file by June 3 will not be subject to penalties or interest for late filing. Vendor discounts will also apply.

The extension only applies to April sales tax returns and payments that were due by May 20.

The June 20 deadline for May sales tax filings and payments remains unchanged.