Bill Withholds State Tax Refund for People with Active Arrest Warrants

Bill Withholds State Tax Refund for People with Active Arrest Warrants

The Washington County Delegation sponsored a bill allowing the comptroller to withhold state tax refunds for people with an outstanding arrest warrant.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - The governor is expected to sign into law a Washington County bill giving people who have an active arrest warrant an incentive to turn themselves in.

The Washington County Delegation sponsored a bill allowing the comptroller to withhold state tax refunds for people with an outstanding arrest warrant.

Anne Arundel County has a similar program they started several years ago.

"Sheriff Mullendore came and said he'd like to participate in the program, so now if you're a Washington County resident and you have an outstanding Maryland income tax return that's due and a warrant that's out, you'll not get your tax return until you present yourself to the county sheriff's department," said Del. Andrew Serafini, (R) - chairman, Washington County Delegation.

Serafini hopes it will free up time for law enforcement and result in fewer active arrest warrants.

"As soon as you show up and present yourself, then your tax return is released immediately, so there's no hold to it," Serafini said. "It really has saved a lot of money. It's being more efficient with the officer's time

The bill will go into effect on October 1, 2014. 
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