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 100% of the eligible cost or $2,500, whichever is less.

  • For some of the work, you may have to obtain a permit from the Department of Inspections, Licenses, & Permits (DILP) for the work.  See the list of eligible feature for information regarding necessity for a permit

  • 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