Other Residential Credits

Homestead Tax Credit

If your property in Howard County is your primary residence, then your property is eligible for the Homestead Credit during any year in which your assessment increases by more than 5%. You need to submit the one-time Homestead Application to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.

To determine if you have already filed, go to the Department’s
website , click on Real Property Database to find your property. At the bottom of the page for your property, you will see the Homestead Application Status.

If you have received an application with an access code, you can apply online.  If not you can print, complete and mail the form available on SDAT’s website

Any homeowner requiring special assistance may call the Homestead Program of the Department of Assessments and Taxation at 410-767-2165 from the Baltimore Metropolitan area or (toll free) 1-866-650-8783 elsewhere.


Livable Home Tax Credit

  • A tax credit may be available for certain types of accessibility features (defined in the county code Section 20-129C) installed in a Howard County homeowner’s principal residence.

  • The property owner may file an application to receive the credit against county tax for a feature that is installed on an existing residence as long as the home is the owner’s principal residence when the feature is installed.

  • The amount of the credit is equal to 50% of the eligible cost or $2500, whichever is less.

  • You must obtain a permit from the Department of Inspections, Licenses, & Permits (DILP) for the work (even if the scope of the work would not normally require a permit and inspections).

  • For more information call the Howard County Tax Credit Line at 410-313-4076 weekdays between 8am and 5pm.

    View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Livable Homes Tax Credit Program.

Tax Credit for Surviving Spouse of Law Enforcement Officer or Rescue Worker

This program provides a credit to the surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer who dies in the course of employment or rescue worker who dies while in active service.
Spouse cannot have remarried and the dwelling must have been owned by the diseased at the time of death or acquired by the surviving spouse within two years of spouse’s death. Credit is equal to 100% of the taxes on the dwelling and curtilage.

Information and Application

Tax Credit for Disabled Law Enforcement Officer or Rescue Worker

This program provides a credit to a permanently and totally disabled law enforcement officer who became disabled in the course of employment or a permanently and totally disabled rescue worker who became disabled while in active service.  The dwelling must have been owned by the applicant at the time of disability or acquired within two years of the date of disability.  Credit is equal to 100% of the taxes on the dwelling and curtilage.


Information and Application

Tax Credit for Real Property Jointly Owned by the Housing Commission

This program provides a credit on property jointly owned by the Housing Commission and the resident of the property.  Property owner must reside in the property. Credit is equal to County Taxes multiplied by the percentage owned by the Housing Commission.


Information and Application