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For Immediate Release
September 17, 2003
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
scaine@oag.state.md.us

ATTORNEY GENERAL CURRAN TO INTERVENE IN D.C. COMMUTER TAX SUIT

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that he intends to intervene in a "commuter tax" lawsuit filed by the District of Columbia, in which the District seeks permission to tax the incomes of commuters who work in D.C., but live in neighboring states, including Maryland. The District filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on July 24. The Attorney General will assert in the litigation that the District should not be allowed to tax the incomes of the approximately 280,000 Maryland residents who commute there to work.

While not named as defendants in the lawsuit, Maryland and Virginia are both mentioned in the complaint as States in which the substantial majority of commuters to the District reside. If D.C. were able to impose a commuter tax, Maryland and Virginia commuters would pay income tax to D.C. and claim a credit on their state taxes.

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