Real Property Tax FAQs

Where and how can I make payment?

Taxpayers have six options for paying their property taxes.

  • Taxpayers should mail their check or money order made payable to Director of Finance along with their payment coupon to Howard County Maryland, PO Box 37237, Baltimore, MD 21297-3237.

  • If taxpayers do not have a payment coupon, they can pay by check or money order made payable to Director of Finance mailed to Howard County Maryland, PO Box 3370, Ellicott City, MD 21041-3370.

  • Online Taxpayers can pay by credit card (VISA, Master Card, American Express, or Discover) . 

  • Taxpayers can pay in person at the Department of Finance, Cashier’s Office on the 1st Floor, 3430 Court House Dr., Ellicott City, MD 21043. The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM except for Howard County Government holidays. Payments in person can be made by cash, check, or money order.

  • Taxpayers can also use the drop box located to the left of the doors at 3430 Court House Dr., Ellicott City, MD 21043 to deposit their payments. Payment left in the drop box should be in the form of check or money order. Drop box payments will be processed effective the next County business day. 


Whom should I make my check payable to?

Checks should be payable to Director of Finance.

What if I don't get my bill?

Bills are mailed in early July. Likewise, second installment reminders are mailed in early December. If you do not receive a bill by mid-month of the mailing date contact Taxpayer Services at 410-313-2062 to obtain a duplicate bill.

How much are my taxes?

Information regarding the amount of taxes due can be obtained online for your convenience.

What is the taxable year?

The taxable year is from July 1 to June 30th. Property tax bills mailed in July are for the coming year.

Do I pay my taxes in two installments?