Franchot's Video Promotes Tax E-Filing -- with Bathroom Humor
Late tax filers who owe money to Maryland can get a two-week extension on their state returns to April 30, Comptroller Peter Franchot's office has announced -- but only if they file electronically.
Franchot has been pushing e-filing all tax season because it saves his office $2 for each electronically-filed return, compared to returns that be opened and processed manually by his tax staff.
That's the news. Now, for the delivery... Another public service announcement on You Tube.
"E-filer Knows Best" is the title of the 1 minute, 17 second video, which taps into the procrastination instinct common to many taxpayers around April 15.
"Do you wait until the last minute to do just about everything?" a narrator says. The grainy, black-and-white video cuts to a woman caught behind the wheel of her car with no gas, a girl delivering a homework assignment late to a disapproving teacher and....a man wetting his pants because he can't get to the bathroom quickly enough. And you thought taxes were boring?
April 6, 2009; 3:03 PM ET
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