by Lisa Tome
Although he's been hard at work finalizing the county finances, Budget Director Craig Whiteford has also been fielding questions about a recent Supreme Court decision.
The Wynne case will have an impact on local residents who live in the county but work elsewhere. Whiteford explained that Brian and Karen Wynne live in Howard County but earned income in 39 other states. They claimed taxes they paid in other states on their Maryland tax return. The tax credit was allowed by the state but not from the county. It has since been determined that Cecil County is also guilty of tax discrimination during interstate commerce.
What that means is that people who live in Cecil and work out of state may qualify for an additional tax credit.
Whiteford said the next step for residents is to do one of two things. Contact your tax preparer if you used one.
They will likely be responsible for applying for the refund. If you did not use a tax preparer, the place to seek guidance is the Comptroller of Maryland website.
Whiteford also said that there is a three-year look back period, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and those who think they qualify, must apply. Whiteford also said that he believes the process for refunding will begin in August 2016.
The impact for the tax years for Cecil County is projected to be as follows:
2009 - $1,358,313
2010 - $1,280,430
2011 - $1,296,394