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§ 13-705. Frivolous income tax returns

West's Annotated Code of MarylandTax-GeneralEffective: April 13, 2010

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Tax-General (Refs & Annos)
Title 13. Procedure (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. Penalties (Refs & Annos)
Effective: April 13, 2010
MD Code, Tax - General, § 13-705
§ 13-705. Frivolous income tax returns
(a) The Comptroller shall assess a penalty not exceeding $500 if:
(1) an individual, as defined under § 10-101 of this article, files what purports to be an income tax return, but which:
(i) does not contain information on which the substantial correctness of the tax may be determined; or
(ii) contains information that, on its face, indicates the tax reported on the return is substantially incorrect; and
(2) the conduct of the individual is due to:
(i) a desire, apparent on the face of the return, to delay or impede the administration of the provisions of Title 10 of this article; or
(ii) a position that is frivolous because the position:
1. has no basis in law or fact;
2. is patently unlawful; and
3. does not involve a legitimate dispute or reflect an inadvertent mathematical or clerical error.
Additional penalty
(b) The penalty under subsection (a) of this section is in addition to any penalty assessed under § 13-701 of this subtitle.


Added by Acts 1988, c. 2, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 2010, c. 72, § 5, eff. April 13, 2010.
Formerly Art. 81, § 318.
MD Code, Tax - General, § 13-705, MD TAX GENERAL § 13-705
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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