September 17, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GENERAL CURRAN TO INTERVENE IN D.C. COMMUTER TAX SUIT
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
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.