You may not be aware of tax credits that exist for qualifying citizens who own their primary residence in Howard County. Complete the following questions to see if you may be eligible.
How many people reside in your home? (If you have more than 6 persons in your household, call 410-313-2062 for assistance).
What is the total income of all residents of your home from the previous tax year before any deductions or exemptions are taken?
This is not the Adjusted Gross Income or Taxable Income, but total income. The only exclusions are income of persons taken as dependents on your federal tax returns and your income tax refund.
What is the age of the oldest living owner of your home?
As of the end of last year, what was the total current balance in cash, savings, and checking accounts held by owners of your home?
As of the end of last year, what is the amount of investments in qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts for all owners of your home?
As of the end of last year, what was the net worth of investments held by all owners of your home?
Net worth means current value minus debt. Investments include real estate, trust funds, money market funds, certificates of deposit, stocks, stock options, bonds, other securities, installment and land sales contracts, mortgages held, commodities etc., but does not include your primary residence. Investments do not include cash value of life insurance, tangible personal property, qualified retirement plans or IRAs.
How long have you owned and resided in your home?
Is an owner who is 65 or older retired from Uniformed Services of the United States?
Uniformed Services include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Health Service, as well as the National Guard and Military Reserves.
Have you recently or are you considering adding Accessibility Features to your home?
Click here to see a list of Accessibility Features eligible for County Tax Credit.
Aging In Place Tax Credit
Homestead Tax Credit
MD Homeowners Property Tax Credit
Trash, Bay, and Watershed Protection Fee Hardship Credit
Livable Homes Tax Credit
Senior Tax Credit
Please Note: Additional conditions for the tax credits above may apply. Please download and read all application and information forms.
Homestead Tax Credit Information
All Owner-Occupied properties in Howard County are eligible for the Homestead Tax Credit if they have applied with and been approved by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) after December 31, 2007. Click here to look up your property on the SDAT Website and verify that it has been approved. The last line on the display should read HOMESTEAD APPLICATION STATUS: Approved with a date. If it does not, begin your application by clicking the "Howard County Homestead Tax Credit" link provided above.
*Results received using this questionnaire are preliminary in nature and determine potential eligibility. Credits are awarded based on completed application and verification of qualifying criteria. Howard County does not capture or store any identifying taxpayer information in the process of determining eligibility via this questionnaire