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For Immediate Release: 4/3/2014
|Leggett Encourages Low-Income and Senior Homeowners to Apply for Property Tax Credit|
Montgomery County homeowners who have a limited income or are at least 70 years of age may be eligible for property tax credits that will limit the amount of taxes they must pay. One application will determine eligibility for three programs – the Maryland Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit Program; the Montgomery County Supplemental Property Tax Credit; and the Montgomery County Senior Property Tax Credit. The application deadline is September 1, 2014.
“My proposed operating budget for the coming year actually reduces the County property tax rate and will result in a $17 decrease in property taxes in the coming year for the average home,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “Low-income residents or seniors eligible for these tax credits can help themselves even more. Last year, about 5,000 County residents benefited an average of over $800.”
Property owners who have applied for a tax credit previously and been denied are encouraged to apply again, since the tax credit programs have changed and been improved over the years and income situations may have changed.
In order to be eligible for the Maryland Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit and the County Supplemental Property Tax Credit, a homeowner must:
• Have an annual household income of up to $60,000;
• Own and live in their home in Montgomery County;
• Have lived in that home for at least six months, or will live in it for six of the next 12 months; and
• Have a combined net worth of everyone in the household not exceeding $200,000. This does not include the value of the principal residence or the cash value of any qualified retirement savings or individual retirement accounts. It does include any other real estate or investments that are owned.
Only the first $300,000 of the home’s assessed value counts towards these credits. The cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville provide additional tax credits to their homeowners under similar programs.
Homeowners who are at least 70 years of age will automatically receive the Montgomery County Senior Property Tax Credit if they already receive either or both of the Maryland and Montgomery County tax credits.
Homeowners who file and qualify after May 1 but before the September 1, 2014 deadline will receive either a “revised” tax bill that reflects the credit amount or a refund if the taxes have already been paid in full.
To apply for these tax credits, homeowners must fill out one application form each year. Application forms are available by calling the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) at 1-800-944-7403, or by downloading the form and instructions from the SDAT website at http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/htc.html.
|Release ID: 14-135
Media Contact: Sue Tucker 240-777-6507
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