Maryland Access Point of Howard County (MAP)

Maryland Access Point of Howard County (MAP)
410-313-1234 (voice/relay)
1-844-627-6465 (844-MAP-LINK)
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Maryland Access Point of Howard County (MAP) is a trusted source of information and assistance for Howard County residents who need or want to plan for their immediate and future needs. MAP serves adults 50 years and older, adults 18 years and older with a disability, family members and other caregivers, and health or business professionals.
MAP can help you with:

Guidance with Assistance and Benefits

  • Provide you with information and assistance
  • Evaluate your potential eligibility for public benefit programs
  • Respond to both your immediate concerns and long-range needs
  • Identify public and private benefits that may best meet your needs

Referrals to Programs and Services

  • Help you develop options to stay in the community
  • Help you balance needs, wants, and resources
  • Refer you to local, state, and federal programs and benefits

Plan for the Future

  • Help you identify your strengths, needs, and preferences
  • Help you make informed decisions
  • Help you assess costs, services, and service providers

2020 Property Tax Credit Info

MAP Tax Credit Assistance 2020

Maryland Access Point is again teaming with the Department of Finance to provide assistance for older adults and adults with disabilities to complete simple tax credit applications!  Applications are available from Maryland Access Point if you wish to complete them yourself.  If you need assistance, MAP specialists are available Monday-Friday from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm by appointment at our main office at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.  In addition, MAP Specialists are available for Tax Credit assistance at the Florence Bain 50+ Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12noon, or by appointment for Korean-speaking clients by calling 410-313-7388.

To make an appointment at Patuxent Woods or at one of the 50+ Centers, call 410-313-1234 and speak with a MAP Specialist.

Summary of Tax Credits – 2020


Homestead Credit – State of Maryland Program – 410-767-2165

  •  Apply one time
  • Must be primary residence
  • Limits the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed %


Homeowners Tax Credit – State of Maryland Program – 410-767-4433

  • Apply every year
  • Must be primary residence
  • Gross income under $60,000
  • Assets under $200,000
  • Must be filed by September 1st


Senior Tax Credit – Howard County Program – 410-313-4076

  • Apply every year – 25% of county taxes
  • Must be primary residence
  • Must be 65yrs or older
  • Gross income under $86,200
  • Assets under $500,000
  • Must be filed by September 1st


Aging in Place Tax Credit – Howard County Program – 410-313-4076

  • Apply one time and can be good for up to 5 years – 20% of county taxes
  • Will be sent an annual renewal statement
  • Must be 65 yrs. and has lived in the same dwelling for at least the preceding 40 years
  • Or Must be 65 yrs. and is retired member of the Armed Forces with 20 yrs. of service
  • Or a surviving spouse, who has not remarried or a retired member of the Armed Forces with 20 yrs. of service

Must be filed by May 1st


Livable Homes Tax Credit – Howard County Program – 410-313-4076

  • Property tax credit for installing certain accessibility features to existing residence.



2020 Property Tax Appointments

The following is the assistance days at our 50+ Centers and call 410-313-1234 to make an appointment.


East Columbia 50+ Center:

March 12

March 24

April 9

April 28

May 14

June 11

July 9

August 6

Elkridge 50+ Center:

March 11

April 8

May 13

June 10

July 8

August 12

Ellicott City 50+ Center:

March 2

March 16

April 6

April 20

May 4

May 18

June 1

June 15


Glenwood 50+ Center:

March 11

April 8

May 13

June 17

July 8

August 12

North Laurel 50+ Center:

March 13

May 8

July 10

September 11

Options Counseling

Options Counseling

Planning for long-term services includes knowing your options, planning wisely, and taking action before a crisis happens. Begin by scheduling a planning session with an Options Counselor at your local Howard County MAP office 410-313-1234.

Who should plan?

  • Anyone at any age!
  • Older adults
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Family or friends providing assistance to older adults or individuals with disabilities.
  • Those being discharged from a hospital with long-term needs.

Why plan?

  • To understand your options so that you can prepare financially for the cost of services.
  • To make sure your loved ones understand your preferences and goals.
  • To get organized and make decisions before a crisis.
  • To find services in the location where you need them.

Where can you get started?

Contact your MAP office at 410-313-1234 and ask to schedule a planning session with the MAP Options Counselor.

What Happens During an Options Counseling Session?

  1. You will develop your long-term service goals based on your goals, preferences and values.
  2. You and the Options Counselor will discuss potential options that may help you meet your goals. Services may be a mix of informal, public and private pay options.
  3. The Options Counselor will work with you to create your action plan: “My Road MAP” including your next steps

Get Ready for Your Planning Session

  1. Check List: How to Prepare for Your Options Counseling Session
  2. Visit Explore your options to learn about long term care supports and services
  3. Browse and Search for resources in your area.