Maryland waives penalties and interest for late returns from California wildfire victims

November 10, 2017

The office of the Comptroller of Maryland issued a memo (below) that provides relief on penalties and interest for any wineries that were impacted by the recent wildfires in Northern California. The Comptroller is also extending the expiration dates on permits through to December 2017.

November 3, 2017

Extension of Certain California Alcohol Permits Beyond Expiration Dates and Waiver of Penalty and Interest for Late Returns From Certain California Alcohol Permit Holders

The catastrophic wildfires in California have devastated the businesses of many Maryland alcohol permit holders.  To assist our business partners, the Office of the Comptroller is extending the alcohol permit expiration dates for those affected California based companies from October 31, 2017 through to December 31, 2017.

Additionally, the Comptroller of Maryland recognizes that wildfire impacted Maryland Direct Wine Shipper Permit holders may experience difficulty with the filing of third quarter Maryland Alcohol Tax Returns by the deadline of October 15, 2017.   To support those permits holders, the Office of the Comptroller will extend the third quarter filing deadline for those affected permit holders until January 15, 2018 and will grant this waiver of interest and penalty for the third quarter returns.

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