General Information

The General Accounting Division (GAD) was the original office of the State Comptroller, created with the establishment of the office in 1851. GAD is responsible for maintaining Maryland's general ledger and accounting for all State funds received and disbursed. Other accounting functions of GAD include countersigning and distributing all State Treasury checks.

The General Accounting Division is made up of two sections. One section consists of Administration, Office Systems & Development, Post Audit, and Vendor Services while the other consists of Financial Reporting, Operations, and Pre-Audits.

Sandra L. Zinck, Director, General Accounting
szinck@marylandtaxes.gov (410) 260-7464
Kenneth Henschen, Assistant Director, Financial Reporting and Operations
khenschen@marylandtaxes.gov (410) 260-7464
Christopher Kratzen, Deputy Director, Admin Services, Corporate Purchashing Card, Office Systems & Development and Vendor Services
ckratzen@marylandtaxes.gov (410) 260-7464

How do I find out the status of a payment?

To inquire about a payment, use the One Stop Vendor Payment Inquiry system. If additional information is needed vendors must call the agency to whom they supplied goods/services.

If the Status of a payment is "750-Tax Offset" contact the Tax Offset Unit at 410-767-1642 for information.

How do I change my mailing address for payments?

To change payment mailing address vendors can contact the bill paying agency, or submit a change of address notice by writing to:

Vendor Table Section
General Accounting Division
P.O. Box 746
Annapolis, MD 21404-0746

What is a "Good Standing Certificate", and how can I acquire one?

Good Standing Certificates are documents provided by the state to prove a company is up to date on their state taxes. They are very useful for, among other reasons, when a company is about to be sold, and a potential buyer demands proof that the organization is not behind on state taxes.

How do I tell the difference between a check and a wire transfer?

Wire transfer numbers begin with 500, all others are paper checks.

What should I put in the "All Departments" line?

This line should be left alone unless you want to request information for a payment from a specific state agency.

When can I expect to receive my payment?

Documents that are listed in the "Unpaid Document List" must first reach the status of ?750 ? Approved for Payment.?  Once the document is approved, it will be paid on the due date, or immediately if the due date has passed.

What is Backup Withholding (BUWH)?

State agencies making certain payments to taxpayers must withhold and pay to the IRS 24% of those payments under certain conditions.

What is a TIN?

A Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is a social security number (SSN) issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or an employer identification number (EIN) issued by IRS. A TIN can only have nine (9) numbers. It cannot have more or less than nine numbers nor can it have a combination of numbers and letters within the nine-number sequence.

What payments are subject to Backup Withholding?

  • Rent and commissions, fees or other form of compensation for services, and other fixed or determinable gains, profits, or income payments reportable on Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income.
  • Interest reportable on Form 1099-INT, Interest Income.
  • Dividends reportable on Form 1099-DIV, Dividends and Distributions.
  • Gross proceeds reportable on Form 1099-B, Proceeds From Broker and Barter Exchange Transactions.
  • Royalties reportable on Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income.
  • Gross Proceeds paid to attorneys reportable on Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income.
  • Grant payments made by governments reportable on Form 1099-G.

Can a payee claim he or she is exempt from Backup Withholding?

Yes. Payees who may be exempt are listed in the instructions for the Form W-9. They include tax exempt organizations, government agencies, corporations, and other listed entities.

When is a TIN considered missing or incorrect?

Missing TIN - We consider a TIN to be missing if it is not provided. The IRS also considers a TIN to be missing if it has more or less than nine numbers or it has a letter in place of one of the nine numbers.

Incorrect TIN - The IRS considers a TIN to be incorrect if it is in the proper format but the name/TIN combination doesn't match or can't be found on IRS or SSA files.

Can State agency do any thing that can prevent the BUWH on vendor payment?

Yes - State Agency can insure that they have received correct TINs from vendors before entering vendor payment information into R*STARS. Entering incorrect TINs into the R*STARS vendor table will result in BUWH being applied to all State payments to the vendor.

The vendor name and TIN number should be exactly same (spelling & number) name/TIN Combination assigned by the SSA or IRS.

How to discontinue Backup Withholding?

In order to discontinue BUWH, the General Accounting Division must receive an IRS W-9 Form within 30 days (for first occurrence) or SSA-7028 or IRS letter 47C within 30 days (for second occurrence within a three-year period) from the vendor.

Can vendor do anything that can prevent BUWH on payments?

Yes- The vendor must ensure that any 1099 form they receive from the State has the correct name and TIN. The name and TIN on the 1099 form must agree with the name and TIN issued by the SSA or IRS.

What is EFT?

EFT is the abbreviation for Electronic Funds Transfer, a technique used by the banking system to debit and credit bank accounts within a bank or between banks without the exchange of a paper document.

Will I receive notice from the State Comptroller's Office if any of my payment requests have been offset for tax liabilities owed the State?

Yes, the EFT program will have no impact on the Comptroller's Liability Offset Program. If the amount deposited is less than what was expected or you simply didn't receive any deposit, you should determine if a "Liability Notification" letter has been received by your company. Also, our One Stop Vendor Payment Inquiry system will show a payment status of "OFFSET."

What is ACH?

ACH is one method of EFT used to move funds between banks. ACH is the abbreviation for Automated Clearing House and is a fee-based service of the National Automated Clearing House Association. An ACH transaction is generally referred to as a direct deposit.

Are there any costs associated with ACH?

Yes, ACH fees vary by bank. You should contact your bank for their fee schedule for receiving ACH deposits. ACH fees are generally lower than check processing fees.

At what level of detail will deposits show on my bank statement?

This depends on the receiving bank's procedures. The state intends to simply replace the physical check you currently receive with a single deposit to your bank account. Each deposit to your bank account may contain summarized amounts from individual invoice payment requests to a specific bill-paying agency.

Additional, detail payment information is provided by the One Stop Vendor Payment Inquiry system, and is also included in the CTX or EDI payment format addendum records.

Can I tell from the bank statement which state agency is paying me and which of my invoices are being paid?

Not necessarily, this information is not routinely available on bank statements. However, this information will be provided in the One Stop Vendor Payment Inquiry System and is also included in the electronic EDI, CCD+, or CTX payment record.

My company has only one TIN; however, it requires separate bank accounts for each accounts receivable (billing) location. Can I participate in the EFT program and request more than one bank account to receive the state disbursement?

No, currently we are offering this to one bank account per TIN.

Why is a TIN important?

Since the state has numerous bill-paying offices, the only effective method to link a vendor in one bill-paying file with the same vendor in another bill-paying file, is through the use of the vendor's Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). The TIN is also required by state law. Each vendor is responsible for the accuracy of the TIN information and must communicate errors to the bill-paying agency.

Can I make changes or later decide I don't want to continue with EFT?

Yes, simply complete a revised GADX-10 form, the EFT registration form, available on the EFT Program page. Be sure to do this before closing or moving your account.

How long does it take to start receiving EFT payments from the state?

It will take about 5 business days to complete the registration and bank verification procedures. You should insure that the name, address and TIN information on the approved registration form is included on your invoice to the bill-paying agency.

If I am missing an EFT deposit, what should I do?

If you were expecting an EFT deposit from a state agency and have allowed for a reasonable amount of time to receive a bank confirmation or physical check from the state, first contact the bill-paying agency, the agency you invoiced. The bill-paying agency will advise you of the status of your payment request. They will receive daily reports concerning payments made in their behalf. You may look up the invoice status by accessing the One Stop Vendor Payment Inquiry system.

If I receive an incorrect EFT deposit what should I do?

If the payment is not yours, ask the bank to return the payment. If you determine from the details of the EFT deposit from either the bank addenda record or from the One Stop Vendor Payment Inquiry system that the payment is yours, but the amount is incorrect, contact the state agency that is paying your invoice. The bill-paying agency will advise you concerning the differences in the reported amounts.

If I receive another company's EFT deposit, what should I do?

Strict internal control procedures will be in place to decrease this possibility. However, should you receive moneys you aren't entitled to, you are responsible for returning the moneies to the state. Ask the bank to return the ACH payment immediately as a rejected payment.

When can I reasonably expect to receive an EFT deposit once I have billed a state agency?

State law (State Finance and Procurement Article, Title 15-103) requires all valid invoices to be paid within thirty days after the later date of 1) the date of receipt of the invoice or 2) the date of receipt of the goods and services. A Payment Due Date is specified on all invoices submitted by state bill-paying agencies to the Treasury Department. The law doesn't require bills to be paid earlier than thirty days unless specified by contract or agency business practices. The payment due date is used to warrant disbursements to the State Treasurer by the State Comptroller and EFT disbursements take two bank work days to be deposited to your account on the due date once warranted by the State Comptroller. State agencies should enter the Payment Due Date for working fund reimbursements, disbursements to agency bank accounts, and for vendor invoice payments.

Can credit memos still be processed by an invoiced state agency and appear on the netted EFT deposit?

Yes. Credit memos will be netted in the bank deposit amount.

Can I specify an ACH format, to be used to transmit the state's payment information to my bank?

Yes. You may specify CCD+, CTX, or EDI. There may be a deposit fee charged by your bank for the CTX or EDI formats, and you must contact your bank to receive this format.

Can I specify the actual format of information (invoice number, amount, etc.) to be included in the ACH addendum record?

No, the Treasury Department will format the ACH records following the guidelines of the National Automated Clearing House Association.

We issue Certificates of Good Standing to prove that a corporation is authorized to transact business in Maryland and all fees, taxes, and penalties owed to Maryland are paid. Good Standing Certificates can be useful when a company is about to be sold and a potential buyer needs proof that the company is not falling behind in their state tax payments.

To request a Certificate of Good Standing please complete a Good Standing Certificate Request form and submit via email, fax or mail to:

E-mail: Certificate of Good Standing

Fax: 410-974-3979

Mailing address:
General Accounting Division
Goldstein Treasury Building
80 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21404-0746

Your request will be processed within 7-14 business days.