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Comptroller Extends Certain California Alcohol Permit Expiration Dates

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (November 3, 2017) — In the wake of recent catastrophic wildfires in California that have devastated businesses of many Maryland alcohol permit holders, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that is he is extending the alcohol permit expiration dates for those impacted California-based companies from October 31 to December 31, 2017.

“The extensive damage caused by these wildfires is hard to comprehend and the loss of life and property is tragic,” said Comptroller Franchot. “My office stands ready to assist affected businesses to ease any burdens we can to help them get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”

Additionally, the Comptroller recognizes that wildfires have impacted Maryland Direct Wine Shipper Permit holders, who also might experience difficulty filing their third quarter Maryland Alcohol Tax Returns, which were due October 15. To support those permit holders, the Office of the Comptroller is extending this deadline until January 15, 2018 and will grant a waiver of interest and penalties for the third-quarter returns.

Affected businesses with questions about these extensions can call Patricia Anthony at 410-260-7314 or email her at

CONTACT: Alan Brody:
410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (cell)