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Homestead Property Tax Credit Filing Deadline Today

If you own a home in Maryland, don't forget to complete this application to keep your property tax credit.

The Homestead Tax Credit was created to keep property taxes stable as property values increase. In order to retain the credit, homeowners must file a form by the end of today, Dec. 31.

In a recent email to Carroll County residents, Delegate Justin Ready explained that years ago the Homestead Property Tax Credit was established to keep the property tax homeowners pay from skyrocketing as property values increase. The credit is only allowed to be used for primary residences, but it was often applied to all residential property a person owns, such as vacation homes or investment properties, Ready said.

To ensure the tax credit is only applied to a taxpayer's primary residence, the State Department of Assessments and Taxation is requiring homeowners to fill out a form to be eligible to retain the credit. If homeowners fail to fill out this form, they will lose the credit, and property taxes may go up substantially, Ready said.

The deadline to file is today, Dec. 31.

According to Ready, forms were mailed to all homeowners. To file electronically or download an application, visit this website: https://sdathtc.resiusa.org/homestead. If mailing the application, it must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

Homeowners can verify the status of their property by going to the Real Property Search website. Enter the county and the address of the property and at the bottom of the real estate property record, the status is listed.

For more information, visit the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation website.

Tax Problems December 31, 2012 at 10:06 AM
This is actually a great idea that rewards early compliance. In fact, a lot of persons need to realize the benefit of filing tax forms (of any kind) early, even if they are unable to pay the owed amount right away, since no tax relief method is valid for an unfiled return/form . http://www.taxoncall.com/tax-problems
Chinwe December 31, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Hi, the Real Property Database Search is currently down. Their offices are closed and there is no other way to get my identification number to file today. Please Help
Kym Byrnes (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Download the hard copy application https://sdathtc.resiusa.org/homestead, and get to the post office to mail today. The post office may close early today for the holiday so sooner is better.
Chinwe December 31, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Yeah, but I still need an identification number on the form, and the link to get the number is down. I will mail it anyway. Thank you.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I was able to get into the Real Property Database over the weekend and just 10 minutes ago. The identification number for my property was listed at the top of the record for my address in that database.
Cheri Poklemba December 31, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Just wondering- we checked and it was recorded that we filed for this credit in 2008. Does anyone know if we need to file every year? Or once you file, it is retroactive every year?
Kym Byrnes (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Just one time. The process started after legislation was passed in 2007 and Maryland residents had (have) until the end of 2012 to file the form to continue getting the credit. I had no idea if I ever filed for the credit, according to the Real Property Database, I did file and was approved for the credit in 2010. I should be good until they change legislation again.
James December 31, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I had to mail mine in with no numbers and sent a copy of my tax bill, could not find the number online, but only had until 12:00 today to get it post marked, no answer when I called, never got anything in mail, real nice, just got home from vacation a day early, lucky, or would have missed it.
James December 31, 2012 at 10:46 PM
They said they mailed them out, hmmmmm, why didn't 1000's of people get them,
JoeEldersburg December 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Probably because the Homestead Tax Credit has been around for years...most people likely filed this sometime between 2007 and 2010 and truly this is likely a non-event, anyway since the last reassessment lowered almost everyone's values in accordance with the downturn. It was much more of an issue when values were going up faster than the assessments could keep pace. Hardly the case now.

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