Maryland Homestead Tax Credit

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MARYLAND HOMESTEAD TAX CREDIT

 

What is the Homestead Credit?

To help homeowners deal with large assessment increases on their principal residence, state law has established the Homestead Property Tax Credit. The Homestead Credit limits the increase in taxable assessments each year to a fixed percentage. Every county and municipality in Maryland is required to limit taxable assessment increases to 10% or less each year.  

Technically, the Homestead Credit does not limit the market value of the property as determined by the Department of Assessments and Taxation. Instead, it is actually a credit calculated on any assessment increase exceeding 10% (or the lower cap enacted by the local governments) from one year to the next. The credit is calculated based on the 10% limit for purposes of the State property tax, and 10% or less (as determined by local governments) for purposes of local taxation. In other words, the homeowner pays no property tax on the market value increase which is above the limit.


Example

Assume that your old assessment was $100,000 and that your new phased-in assessment for the 1st year is $120,000.  An increase of 10% would result in an assessment of $110,000.  The difference between $120,000 and $110,000 is $10,000.  The tax credit would apply to the taxes due on the $10,000.  If the tax rate was $1.04 per $100 of assessed value, the tax credit would be $104 ($10,000 ÷ 100 x $1.04).

New Application Requirement

To prevent improper granting of this credit on rented or multiple properties of a single owner, a new law was enacted in 2007 that requires all homeowners to submit a one-time application to establish eligibility for the credit.  The application form will be included in the assessment notice mailed to one-third of the homeowners at the end of December for the next three years.  It also will be mailed to new purchasers of residential property.

Conditions

The tax credit will be granted if the following conditions are met during the previous tax year:

  • The property was not transferred to new ownership.
  • There was no change in the zoning classification requested by the homeowner resulting in an increase value of the property.
  • A substantial change did not occur in the use of the property.
  • The previous assessment was not clearly erroneous. 

A further condition is that the dwelling must be the owner's principal residence and the owner must have lived in it for at least six months of the year, including July 1 of the year for which the credit is applicable, unless the owner was temporarily unable to do so by reason of illness or need of special care.  An owner can receive a credit only on one property---the principal residence.

Razed Dwelling and Vacated Dwelling for Making Substantial Improvements

Property owners who choose to vacate their principal residence to raze the dwelling in order to replace it with a new home on the subject property or to make substantial improvements to the property can continue to receive Homestead Tax Credit eligibility provided two conditions are met.  First, the homeowner(s) must have owned and occupied the property as a principal residence for at least 3 full tax years immediately preceding the razing or the commencement of the substantial improvements.  Second, the building of the replacement home or making the substantial improvements must be completed within the next succeeding tax year after the tax year in which the razing or the substantial improvements were commenced.

Appeal Rights

If you have been denied a Homestead Tax Credit and you believe that you are eligible, contact the Central Office for the Homestead Tax Credit Program at the telephone numbers listed below.  A final denial of a Homestead Tax Credit by the Central Office may be appealed within 30 days to the Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board in the jurisdiction where the property is located.

Further Information

For questions about the Homestead Tax Credit, you may telephone 410-767-2165 in the Baltimore metropolitan area or at 1-866-650-8783 toll free elsewhere in Maryland or visit the Department's website at www.dat.state.md.us

 

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We have a homestead rule here in MI as well.  I personally think that if they lifted this and made taxes equal all around regardless of the home being the primary residence, we would see more acativity in our market.  People are reluctant to purchase a second home or an investment home when they know that their taxes are goin gto be sky high.  I wish the powers that be would relook at this in MI.  I think it is hurting our economy more than it is helping.

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Homestead exemption here in Austin Texas is the same. I disagree with Christine. I think if taxes were higher it could force a lot of people out of the market. Especially first time home buyers with a small budget. There are many more end users than investors IMO.

Feb 20, 2010 11:58 AM #2
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