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.
This program provides a credit to the surviving spouse or cohabitant 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 deceased at the time of death or acquired by the surviving spouse or cohabitant within ten years of officers/workers death. Credit is equal to 100% of the taxes on the dwelling and curtilage.
Information and Application
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 ten years of the date of disability. Credit is equal to 100% of the taxes on the dwelling and curtilage.
Information and Application (Fillable Form)
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
Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the due date for the Aging in Place tax credit is June 30, 2020
This program provides a tax credit for property owned by an individual:
1) Who is at least 65 years old by June 30 and has lived in the same dwelling for at least the preceding 40 years OR
2) Who is at least 65 years old by June 30 and is a retired member of the Armed Forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard) with 20 years of active service OR
3) Who is at least 65 years old by June 30, is a surviving spouse of a retired member of the Armed Forces of the United States, with 20 years of active service, and is not remarried.
*The credit is equal to 20% of the eligible County Tax and may be granted for up to 5 years
*You CANNOT receive both the Aging in Place Credit and the Senior Credit on the principle residence in a single tax year
New Applicant Form
New Applicant Form - Fillable Form
This program provides a credit to residential properties that suffered flood damage or sewage damage caused the flood conditions on July 30 or 31, 2016. The amount of the credit may be up to 100% of the cost to repair, rehabilitate, or restore the property.
Should the credit exceed the County property tax in the year of the application, the credit will be applied for up to a total of 4 years.
Applications must be filed no later than December 31, 2019.