Tax Credits - Homestead Tax Credit
Attention: Homestead Application due by December 31, 2012
If your property in Howard County is your primary residence, then your property is eligible for the Homestead Credit during any year when your assessment increases by more than 5%. You need to submit the one-time Homestead Application by December 31, 2012 to the Department of Assessments and Taxation. If an application is not submitted by December 31, 2012, then the Homestead Credit will be dissallowed beginning with the July 1, 2013 tax year bill.
To determine if you are already filed, go to the Department's website www.dat.state.md.us and click on the Real Property page for your specific property address. At the bottom of the page for your property, you will see the Homstead Application Status and the date an application approved if received.
If you have not filed an application, you can call the Department's Homestead Program at 410-767-2165 from the Baltimore Metropolitan area or (toll free) 1-866-650-8783 elsewhere, where a special application with an "Access Code" will be mailed to you so that you can file the form electronically on the website. Filing electronically gets the form proccessed immediately and you will receive an E-mail electronic confirmation of the form's receipt. You may also request an "Access Code" by sending an email to Hcredit@dat.state.md.us.
Alternatively, you can go to the Deparment's website of www.dat.state.md.us and click on the Homestead Application heading. There you can print a fillable application in PDF format that you will have to mail to the Department at the address shown. You will NOT later receive a written acknowledgment that the paper form was received.
Any homeowner needing special assistance may call the Homestead Program of the Department of Assessment and Taxation at 410-767-2165 from the Baltimore Metropolitan area or (toll free) 1-866-650-8783 elsewhere.