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Property Tax Information

Annual Payment Schedule
Taxes are due on July 1 of the tax year and may be paid without interest on or before September 30 of the tax year.
Semi-annual Payment Schedule
If you are eligible, one half of the total tax bill is due on July 1 of the tax year and may be paid without interest on or before September 30 of the tax year. The remaining half of the bill and associated service charge is due on December 31 of the tax year.
Interest on unpaid taxes is payable at 1% per month or portion thereof for County taxes and 1½ % per month or portion thereof for City of Annapolis taxes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Property Taxes
1. How does the Semi Annual billing program work?
2. How do I elect to participate or not participate in the Semi Annual billing process?
3. What is the significance of the “principal residence” indication on my tax bill?
4. What are my options for paying my taxes if I do not want to pay through the Internet?
5. I am unable to make full payment of my taxes at this time. May I make partial payments?
6. When are property taxes due?
7. I have questions concerning my tax bill. Who should I contact?
8. Are there any tax programs that provide tax relief based on income?
9. How is the County tax rate set?
10. Where are the tax bills mailed? Does the bill get mailed to my mortgage company?
11. What is the Homestead Credit?
12. What does the $298 waste charge represent?
13. How is my tax bill determined?
14. I have a tax sale lien on my property. Can you give me information on how to redeem this property tax lien?


Questions
Q: How does the Semi Annual billing program work?
A: The State of Maryland has enacted legislation allowing real property taxes on a homeowner’s “principal residence” to be paid on an optional semiannual payment schedule. Simply, this means that instead of paying your entire bill by September 30, only one half of the balance due is payable as of that date. The remaining half is not payable until December 31. This second installment, however, will contain an additional service charge over and above the property tax amount to offset the cost of this program. For FY2006 the service charge, which includes an interest component and an administrative charge, has been set at 0.53% of the amount due on the second installment payable by December 31.
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Q: How do I elect to participate or not participate in the Semi Annual billing process?
A: If your property has been designated by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation as your “principal residence,” the tax bill shows both the first and second payments, as well as the dollar amount of the service charge. If you pay your taxes directly to the County, you may choose either the annual or semiannual payment simply by writing the payment amount in the “amount paid” block on the tax bill. If you pay your taxes as part of your payment to a mortgage holder or escrow account servicer and have not made an election to the contrary, you will be considered a semiannual property taxpayer on your principal residence. Homeowners who wish to avoid the current service charge may pay the full taxes due by September 30. Homeowners who wish to avoid future service charges may opt to remain annual taxpayers. To do so, contact your mortgage company or escrow service in writing before May 1.
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Q: What is the significance of the “principal residence” indication on my tax bill?
A: Your tax bill must indicate your property as a “principal residence” in order to be eligible for Homestead credit benefits. Also, if your property is not designated as a “principal residence,” you are not eligible for the semiannual payment schedule option and your tax bill will only reflect the annual payment due on September 30. Should you feel that your property has been designated incorrectly, please contact the Supervisor of Assessments for Anne Arundel County, 3rd floor, 45 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Phone: 410-974-5709).
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Q: What are my options for paying my taxes if I do not want to pay through the Internet?
A: All checks should be made payable to Anne Arundel County. Payments by mail should be sent in the remittance envelope included in the mailing of your tax bill or be addressed to Anne Arundel County, PO Box 427, Annapolis, Md., 21404. When making payments by mail, please be sure to include your 12 digit property tax account number on all checks or money orders to insure all remittances are properly and promptly applied.
Walk-in payments may be made at the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland; the County Office Building, 7320 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland; and the Heritage Office Complex, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland. The cashier’s offices at all locations are open Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.


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Q: I am unable to make full payment of my taxes at this time. May I make partial payments?
A: To assist property owners unable to make full payment in a timely fashion, partial payments will be accepted through March. Any unpaid balance remaining after the due date will continue to accrue interest. Failure to make full payment by March will result in your property being included in our June tax sale process.
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Q: When are property taxes due?
A: Annual Payment Schedule: Taxes are due on July 1 of the tax year and may be paid without interest on or before September 30 of the tax year.

Semiannual Payment Schedule: If you are eligible, one half of the total tax bill is due on July 1 of the tax year and may be paid without interest on or before September 30 of the tax year. The remaining half of the bill and associated service charge is due on December 31 of the tax year.

Interest on unpaid taxes is payable at 1% per month or portion thereof for County taxes and 1½ % per month or portion thereof for City of Annapolis taxes.
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Q: I have questions concerning my tax bill. Who should I contact?
A: The name, address, property description and assessment shown on this bill were certified to us by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. Any questions you may have in regard to these items should be directed to the Supervisor of Assessments for Anne Arundel County, 3rd floor, 45 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Phone: 410- 974-5709). Any changes to your mailing address should also be sent to the Supervisor of Assessments for Anne Arundel County or corrected through this web site. Other inquiries, including questions about the Semiannual Tax Payment option (see above section) should be made to the Anne Arundel County Office of Finance, Customer Service Division (Phone: 410-222-1144).
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Q: Are there any tax programs that provide tax relief based on income?
A: The State and County Homeowner’s Property Tax Credit Programs provide property tax credits for homeowners of all ages who qualify on the basis of a comparison of their tax bill to their income. Anyone whose combined gross household family income is below $30,000 should consider filing an application. Beginning in FY2003, Anne Arundel County increased the benefit formula for its supplemental Homeowner’s Tax Credit for taxpayers who meet certain income requirements. If your property taxes exceed the amounts shown on the Tax Credit Page, you may qualify for a County tax credit. This tax credit is in addition to the State Homeowner’s Tax Credit.

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Q: How is the County tax rate set?
A: The tax rate is set during the annual budget process each May. The tax rate is determined based on a budget approved by the County Council.

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Q: Where are the tax bills mailed? Does the bill get mailed to my mortgage company?
A: All bills are mailed to the property owner. The address for the property owner is supplied by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. Please contact your mortgage company to see if they need your tax bill for payment of your taxes.
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Q: What is the Homestead Credit?
A: The Homestead Credit is a credit against State and County property taxes. It is designed to decrease the tax liability for owner occupied properties that experience rapidly increasing assessments. There is a cap of 10% on State and 2% on County taxable assessment increases from one year to the next. YOU MUST APPLY FOR THIS CREDIT! It is no longer automatically calculated.
If you would like additional information on the Homestead Credit please visit the SDAT web site at www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/homestead.html
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Q: What does the $298 waste charge represent?
A: The waste charge is a fee for curbside pickup of your trash and recycling materials.
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Q: How is my tax bill determined?
A: The assessed value of the property is certified to us by the Department of Assessments and Taxation. The assessed value is multiplied by the County and State tax rates. There is a $275 waste collection charge if the County provides waste collection services.
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Q: I have a tax sale lien on my property. Can you give me information on how to redeem this property tax lien?
A: The tax sale is held on a date in June as determined by the Controller. On this date the County will sell its 1st lien on the property to a tax sale purchaser. To remove this lien or “redeem the property” the owner or other person with a legal interest in the property may pay all outstanding fees and charges at any time until the right of redemption has been finally barred by decree of the circuit court in which the foreclosure proceeding is filed.

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