Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke Alerts Community to 5-Year Deadline for Homeowners to Apply for Continued Homestead Tax Credit Benefits
Asks Baltimore Media to Help Publicize Deadline
And SDAT Application Phone Number and Email Address
410-767-2165 and firstname.lastname@example.org
With application deadline of December 31, 2012,
65 percent of eligible City homeowners have not yet applied.
(BALTIMORE - September 13, 2012) - Five years ago, the Maryland General Assembly required that all Maryland homeowners apply one time only to continue receiving the State’s Homestead Tax Credit. This action was taken to “weed out” recipients’ illegally claiming investment properties or second homes as eligible for this credit.
The purpose of the Homestead Credit Program is to help homeowners afford annual property tax increases on their owner-occupied homes. The State caps annual assessment increases at 10 percent as applied to annual property taxes. Baltimore City caps at 4 percent. This credit protects homeowners, regardless of age, income, or property value, from annually spiking tax bills.
The State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), which oversees this program, has mailed at least two application notices to all current Homestead recipients. As of August 1, 2012, however, 65 percent of current Baltimore City recipients have not yet applied. Applications must be postmarked or received by or before December 31, 2012, or homeowners will lose this Homestead credit for the tax year beginning on July 1, 2013.
Long involved in the Homestead Tax Credit issue, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke is today launching a campaign within her 14th District to “get out the word” about this looming deadline. This effort includes asking local media to help publicize the program and its New Year’s Eve deadline.
According to Clarke, Homestead applications are available only by contacting SDAT’s Homestead line at 410-767-2165 or its email address, just launched yesterday, at email@example.com.