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Maryland Manual, 1973-74
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Personnel and Training, John E. Murphy, Director
State Income Tax Building, Annapolis 21404 Telephone: 267-5696
301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore 21201 Telephone: 383-3947
Retail Sales Tax Division, Henry A. Heinmuller, Jr., Chief
Henry Blondheim, Assistant Chief
301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore 21201 Telephone: 383-3838
5 Public Square, Hagerstown 21740 Telephone: 797-5470
Iverson Mall, 3847 Branch Avenue, Hillcrest Heights 20031
Telephone: 899-1887
Admissions Tax Unit, Romeo L. Valianti, Chief
State Treasury Building, Annapolis 21404 Telephone: 267-5001
301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore 21201 Telephone: 383-3821
The Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury was established in
1851. The Comptroller is elected by popular vote for the term of four
years. (Const. 1867, Art. VI, sec. 1), at the general election, not a
presidential election. There is no limitation on the number of terms
he may serve. He receives such salary as may be fixed by law. For
Fiscal Year 1974, he will receive a salary of $36,000. He must give
his bond and keep his office at the seat of government. He qualifies on
the third Monday in January following his election, but his qualifica-
tions to hold office are not stated either in the Constitution of 1867
or in the Code. The Constitution enumerates his duties, beginning
with the broad mandate to exercise "general superintendence over
the fiscal affairs of the State, preparing plans for the improvement
and management of revenue, for the support of the public credit."
More specifically, he is to "preserve all public accounts, and decide
on the forms of keeping and stating accounts"; to "grant, under
regulations prescribed by law, all warrants for money to be paid
out of the Treasury"; and to "superintend and enforce the prompt
collection of all taxes and revenues." The Comptroller receives the
Legislative Auditor's reports and contacts various departments to fol-
low the Auditor's recommendations. Jointly with the Treasurer he
exercises supervision over the Central Payroll Bureau. The Comp-
troller, or his deputies, countersigns all checks drawn by the Treasurer
upon the deposits of the State. The Comptroller prescribes the formali-
ties for the transfer or other evidence of the State debt and counter-
signs such papers. He administers and collects the following specific
taxes: the income tax, both personal and corporate; the retail sales
and use taxes; the admissions tax; the motor vehicle fuel tax; the
road tax on motor carriers; the State tobacco tax; the Maryland
estate tax; excise taxes on beer, wine and liquor; and certain fran-
chise taxes. The Comptroller also administers the Abandoned Property
and Dormant Bank Account Laws, collects taxes on the deposits of
savings banks, on the gross receipts of certain utility companies and
rolling stock of persons other than railroads. Revenues collected by
the Maryland Racing Commission as well as the motor vehicles reve-
nues are distributed to political subdivisions by the office of the
The Comptroller, through the Alcoholic Beverages Division, con-
trols and regulates the manufacture, sale, transportation, and dis-
tribution of alcoholic beverages into, within, and out of the State
of Maryland; issues licenses to manufacturers, wholesalers, airlines,
railroads, and steamboats; and issues permits to nonbeverage dealers,
nonresident dealers, transportation companies, transporters, and for
public individual storage. The Maryland Alcohol Tax Enforcement
Unit is charged with the specific enforcement of certain of the alco-
holic beverages laws.

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