Tax Credit Division
44 Calvert Street, Room 110
Annapolis, MD 21401
Hours of Operation: 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday
Information for Property Owners
Anne Arundel County has enacted several local property tax credits for the benefit of the owners of real property located within our jurisdiction. These local property tax credits reduce the liability for your County property taxes. Your property tax liability is determined using the value assessed by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation for your property and the County property tax rate that is set each tax year by the County Executive and County Council via the budget process conducted each year from May to June. Your liability for your County property taxes will be reduced by some amount based on the section of the County Code that authorizes the tax credit. (Other charges that may appear on your real estate tax bill are not considered Anne Arundel County property taxes, and will not be affected by Anne Arundel County property tax credits.)
Tax credits affect how much you will pay for your annual property tax bill from Anne Arundel County, whether you pay the entire annual property tax bill by September 30th or if you pay semi-annually by September 30th and December 31st for your primary residence.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What property tax credit programs does Anne Arundel County offer?Anne Arundel County offers several tax credits including optional property tax credits for: 9-1-1 Specialists, Agricultural Land, Airport Noise Zone, Commercial Revitalization Area, Conservation Land, Disabled or Fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Rescue Workers, Disabled Veterans and their Surviving Spouses, Geothermal Energy, High Performance Dwellings, Historic Preservation, Public Safety Officers, Religious Organizations, Residential Rehabilitation, Retired Veterans, Solar Energy, and Stormwater Management and Erosion Control.
Additional information about the tax credits and applications for these local property tax credits can be found at:
- What is the Homestead Property Tax Credit?This is a property tax credit authorized in State of Maryland law that insulates homeowners against large assessment increases on their principle residence. More information on this property tax credit is provided by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.
- Is there a property tax credit program if I am below a certain income?Yes, the State of Maryland allows for the Homeowner’s Property Tax Credit, which considers income for the purpose of calculating a property tax credit. More information on this tax credit is provided by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.
- I’m completing my property tax credit application and it asks for my property tax account number. Where can I find that?If you have a copy of your most recent Anne Arundel County property tax bill, the 12-digit account number (the format is XXXX-XXXX-XXXX) is your property tax account number. If you do not have a copy of your most recent property tax bill, you can look up your previous property tax bills via your property address through the County website.
You can also use the account identifier provided by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. You can use your property address to look up the account identifier (format is District, Subdivision, and Account Number) through the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation website.
- I looked at my property tax bill and saw that I received $1,900 for the Geothermal Energy Property Tax Credit. Why didn’t I receive the full $2,500 tax credit?Each property tax credit has the effect of reducing your liability for Anne Arundel County property taxes. If your actual tax liability is less than the maximum amount of the property tax credit authorized in County Code, then the property tax credit will reduce that tax liability to $0. You cannot receive property tax credits greater than your actual liability for Anne Arundel County property taxes.
If you receive the Homestead Property Tax Credit, then your actual tax liability is already reduced by a certain amount and that can affect the other Anne Arundel County property tax credits you received. This is also true if the tax credit only applies toward the taxes calculated on the assessed value of your house rather than the total assessed value of your property (e.g., house and land).
Anne Arundel County property tax credits will not apply towards the Solid Waste service charge, the Waterway Protection and Restoration Fund (WPRF) fee, State of Maryland property taxes, or City of Annapolis property taxes.
- How does a property tax credit affect my income taxes?Anne Arundel County property tax credits reduce your liability for your local property taxes. You may need to contact a tax professional regarding questions on how this affects your federal or state income taxes, as the County does not provide tax advice regarding income taxes.
- How do I know if I am going to receive the property tax credit for which I applied?Once your tax credit application has been approved, Anne Arundel County will send you a letter or an email informing you that your application has been approved. You can also call (410) 222-1748 and ask about the status of your tax credit application.
If your application is incomplete or there are additional questions about the information you provided, Anne Arundel County will contact you in order to complete your property tax credit application.
- When does Anne Arundel County send me a check for the property tax credit?Since the property tax credit reduces your tax liability, you will normally only pay what you owe per your property tax bill in a given year. If your property taxes are paid via escrow by your mortgage company, you will need to contact your mortgage company to determine how the property tax credit may affect your escrow or otherwise advise them as to how the tax credit may affect your property tax bill (e.g., one-time tax credit).
If you have already paid your property taxes and subsequently receive a tax credit on your property tax bill, then you will receive a refund based on the amount of the overpayment on your property tax bill. Refunds will be processed automatically, you do not need to request the refund.
- Can I apply for multiple property tax credits for the same tax year?Certain property tax credits, such as the Public Safety Officer Property Tax Credit or the High Performance Dwelling Property Tax Credit, cannot be combined with other tax credits. Other tax credits, such as the Solar Energy Property Tax Credit or Geothermal Energy Property Tax Credit are not limited in this fashion. Please review the application and the County Code for a given property tax credit to see whether such a restriction applies.
Be advised that since each property tax credit reduces your liability for Anne Arundel County property taxes, you still cannot receive an amount for tax credits greater than your property tax liability. In order to receive the full benefit of the tax credit, you may wish to apply for different property tax credits in different tax years.
- The Solar Energy Property Tax Credit asks for receipts, but I lease the system. Can I send a copy of the lease agreement?A copy of a lease agreement is not acceptable, since it may include costs that are not allowed per Anne Arundel County Code. You will need to obtain a “Project Cost Statement” or similar documentation for the total cost of your system, which needs to specify the cost of materials, supplies, and installation costs associated with the equipment. Contact the vendor of the leased system for such documentation.
- I read that the Retired Veterans Tax Credit could let me get a reduction to my property taxes. How do I qualify for that tax credit?To qualify for the Retired Veterans Tax Credit, you need to satisfy the requirements per 9-258(A)(3)(II) of the Tax-Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. You will need to be age 65 or older and have retired from military service, and provide the required documentation per the application in order to be considered for that property tax credit.
- What are the deadlines for the applications to be submitted?Each property tax credit has a specific deadline set in the County Code that authorizes the property tax credit. This deadline is disclosed on the corresponding tax credit application, such as April 1st for the Public Safety Officer Property Tax Credit. Your application must be received by that date in order to be considered timely. Because the application deadlines are set in County Code, our office has no authority to waive or extend these deadlines.
Our office may provide confirmation of receipt via email as a courtesy if you provide an email address on the tax credit application. If you do not receive a confirmation of that receipt, you should call the Tax Credit Department at (410) 222-1748 to inquire as to whether we received the tax credit application. If you are mailing your application less than 14 days before the deadline, it is suggested that you use a traceable form of delivery. Anne Arundel County is not responsible for delays in mail delivery.
- I have other questions regarding the property tax credit application. Who can I call for help completing the application?Contact the Tax Office at (410) 222-1748 for any other questions you might have.