SUPREME COURT RULES ON WYNNE VS. COMPTROLLER

Brian Wynne, CPA

On Monday, May 18th, the Supreme Court ruled that Maryland’s income tax law for income earned outside of the state is unconstitutional. The court voted 5-4 to affirm a 2013 Maryland Court of Appeals decision. The case specifically addressed Maryland’s denial of credits against the MD county income tax, otherwise known as the ‘piggy-back’ local tax. Going forward, residents who earn out-of-state income from certain businesses/sources will be able to claim a credit against the county taxes paid, too. This decision may cost Maryland an estimated $42 million a year in revenue.

This ruling ends a multi-year long court battle. More details can be found in our previous posts about this case, which can be found here, here, and here.

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