For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2020
Contact: Meghann Malone
Governor Hogan Announces Extension of Homeowners’ and Renters’ Property Tax Credit Deadlines
Applicants Are Strongly Encouraged to File Online by October 31
Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is extending the deadline to apply for 2020 Homeowners’ and Renters’ Property Tax Credits from October 1 to October 31. These two tax credit programs save Marylanders more than $65 million per year, with homeowners receiving an average credit of $1,348 on their tax bill and renters
receiving an average direct payment of $414. Applications can be submitted online through
“This is yet another step our administration is taking to ensure more of our citizens can remain safe and secure in their homes,” said Governor Hogan. “Tens of thousands of Marylanders who have not yet applied may still be eligible for these tax credits, and now have an additional month to apply for this much-needed relief.”
The Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit Program provides relief for eligible homeowners by setting a
limit on the amount of property taxes owed based on their income. If a resident has already paid
their property tax and applies before October 31, any tax credit that the homeowner may be eligible
for will be refunded by their local county finance office. Many counties and municipalities also
provide supplemental homeowners’ credits, which will be automatically applied if the applicant is
approved for the state homeowners’ credit.
The Renters’ Property Tax Credit Program provides tax relief for eligible renters who pay high
monthly rent relative to their total income and do not receive federal or state housing subsidies
or reside in public housing. The credit is issued in the form of a direct check payment of up to $1,000.
if they have not yet done so. Once approved, the Homestead Credit accrues over time by limiting the
increase in taxable assessment each year to a fixed percentage, and is a one-time application
without a specific filing deadline. The Homestead Credit provides nearly $20 billion in assessment
relief per year.
Sufficiently completed tax credit applications will be processed 30-90 days after they are
submitted, although online applications will be processed significantly faster than those submitted
by mail. For additional questions about these credits, applicants should visit
For more information about these programs, please visit dat.maryland.gov/Pages/Tax-Credit-Programs.
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