October 30, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's comptroller urges "real
taxpayers of genius" to file their state taxes online this year in
a YouTube video spoofing a memorable series of Bud Light ads.
Taxpayers frustrated by filling out traditional tax forms are
shown enduring paper cuts and other hassles.
"Today, we salute you, Mr. Frustrated Taxpayer," the announcer
intones. Then, backed up by singers repeating his words in
falsetto, he tells them they have an alternative - file their taxes
"Well done, e-filer, well done," the announcer says as another
taxpayer successfully files online and pumps his fists.
At the end, Comptroller Peter Franchot appears and reminds
viewers to file online because it's faster and easier than mailing
in a return.
"Bringing humor to the otherwise stressful topic of doing taxes
is one way we hope to grab people's attention," Franchot said in a
The state spends $1.98 processing a paper return, compared with
38 cents for a return filed online. Online filing of state taxes is
free for people who meet the requirements.