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County Executive Leopold Urges Residents to Apply for Homestead Tax Credit

Failure to apply could cost you dearly

Annapolis (August 8, 2012) - County Executive John R. Leopold today urged residents to make sure they are signed up for an important property tax credit before a critical deadline passes and they have to pay more.

“The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation has set a deadline to apply for the Homestead Tax Credit by the end of this calendar year,” County Executive Leopold said. “People who do not sign up could have to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars more in property taxes next year. Many people are unfamiliar with this program because their taxes are paid by a mortgage company, but it is very important to pay attention to this.”

It is very simple to determine if you are approved for the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit. Go to the State database at http://sdatcert3.resiusa.org/rp_rewrite/ and type in your address. At the bottom of the page, check the field that says “Homestead Application Status” to see if you are approved.

If you are approved, there is nothing you need to do. If you are not approved, you can apply online by going to https://sdathtc.resiusa.org/homestead/. Be sure to have a copy of your most recent assessment notice handy to fill out your information.

The Homestead Tax Credit protects homeowners from sudden and sometimes dramatic increases in property tax bills from reassessments. Once a homeowner is eligible for the credit, his or her property tax can increase by no more than 2 percent in a given tax year.

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2012. There is no way to appeal your bill once the deadline has passed. You can contact the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation directly at 410-974-5709.


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