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Central Collection Unit: State Tax Intercept Program

Pursuant to the provision of MD.CODE ANN., TAX-GEN. Sections 13-912 to13-919, and the Code of Maryland Regulations 17.01.02, the Central Collection Unit is authorized to certify to the Income Tax Division, Comptroller of the Treasury, the names of those who are indebted to the State of Maryland or to any of its agencies.

Each year Central Collection Unit conducts a review of debts meeting the criteria. If your name was included your information would be certified to the Income Tax Division, which will cause any State income tax refund otherwise due you to be intercepted and applied toward your indebtedness. This administrative procedure does not affect any existing monthly payment arrangements in lieu of court action.

If you believe that under the law your name should not be certified, you have the right to request that the Unit investigate the circumstances and confirm or modify the existence or amount of the debt. Matters already determined by a court are not subject to redetermination. An investigation must be requested in writing to the Central Collection Unit, at the above address, within fifteen (15) days of the above date. Following the completion of an investigation, you may request an appeal hearing to further contest this debt. You have the right to appeal an adverse hearing decision to court. PAYMENT OF THIS INDEBTEDNESS NOW WILL PREVENT FURTHER JUDICIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS BY THE STATE TO COLLECT WHAT IS OWED. To discuss payment, or to make any inquiry regarding the Tax Refund Intercept Program, you may call the telephone number shown above or write to the above address.

If married, you should advise your spouse that your State income tax refund is subject to interception. Also, if the social security number shown is not correct, please notify this agency at once. IMPORTANT NOTE: Your investigation and appeal rights on this matter must be exercised now. Waiting until your refund is intercepted is too late to appeal this matter.

The Telephone numbers to contact are 410-767-4001 for local calls and 1-888-248-0345 for long distance.