​​When And How to Apply

Renters have until October 1 of the year in which the credit is sought to apply, but it is advantageous to file as early as possible.

Click HERE to file your 2020 Renters' Tax Credit online.​

Please be advised that in 2020 only, the Department has extended the deadline to submit an application to October 31.

You may also click here​ to download the 2020 Renters' Tax Credit application in a PDF format. Please be certain your computer has the ​free Adobe Reader​, or other PDF reader software available to access the application. Once completed, applications should be mailed to:


State Department of Assessments & Taxation
Renters' Tax Credit Program
P.O.Box 49006
Baltimore, MD 21297

Please do not email any tax credit applications to the Department containing personal information, such as social security numbers and/or income tax returns. Instead, please mail your completed application and supporting documents to the Department, so your personal information remains confidential.

How to Estimate the Tax Credit

The property tax relief a renter may receive is based upon a comparison of the assumed real property tax in the yearly rent minus a percentage of the household income as shown here:

0% of the first $4,000 of income
2.5% of the next $4,000 of income
5.5% of all income in excess of $8,000

Estimating your own tax credit can be done by taking these three steps. Remember, the key to the plan is your rent in relationship to your income. The plan assumes that 15% of your occupancy rent goes toward the payment of property taxes. Occupancy rent does not include charges for heat, utilities, or any other fees paid with the rent. 

Step 1:
Find your 2019 income and tax limit from the chart in the next column. 
Example: If your income is $11,000, your tax limit is $265.
Step 2:
Take 15% of the total occupancy rent for the year 2019. 
Example: A monthly rental of $300 would amount to $3,600 a year. Fifteen percent of $3,600 is $540.
Step 3:
Subtract your tax limit amount from the assumed property tax. 
Example:
$540  15% of occupancy rent
-265 tax limit from chart
$275 amount of tax credit
The $275 difference is the amount the renter would recive as a tax credit.
 

The amount of the renters' tax credit will vary according to the relationship between the rent and income, with the maximum allowable credit being $1,000. Those found eligible for a credit as determined by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation will receive a check directly from the State Treasury. Anyone who is found ineligible will be notified in writing and given the reason why.

 

IMPORTANT: If 15% of your occupancy rent is more than the tax limit amount shown on the schedule below for your income, you are urged to file a Renters' Tax Credit application.

 
​2019 Combined Income Tax Limit
$ 0 to 4,000
$ 0
5,000
25
6,000
50
7,000
75
8,000
100
9,000
155
10,000
210
11,000
265
12,000
320
13,000
375
14,000
430
15,000
485
16,000
540
17,000
595
18,000
650
19,000
705
20,000
760
For each additional $1,000 of income, add $55 to $760 to find the tax limit.
 

 

 



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 Renters' Tax Credits

Please be advised that SDAT’s Tax Credits office located at State Center in Baltimore will be closed to the public until further notice. The Department strongly enocurages online filing when possible, since applications filed online will be processed significantly faster than those filed by mail. Applications will be reviewed 60-90 days after they are submitted.


  • Homeowners' and Renters' tax credit applications can be filed online through http://www.taxcredits.sdat.maryland.gov.
  • Homestead tax credit applications can be filed through https://sdathtc.dat.maryland.gov.

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Please be advised that the Department has extended the deadline for 2020 Homeowners' and Renters' Property Tax Credits to October 31, 2020.

New: Renters' Tax Credit applications can now be filed online!

The Renters' Tax Credit Program provides property tax credits for renters who meet certain requirements. The plan was modeled after and designed to be similar in principle to the Homeowners' Tax Credit Program, which is known to many as the Circuit Breaker Program. The concept rests on the reasoning that renters indirectly pay property taxes as part of their rent and thus should have some protection, as do homeowners.

The plan is based upon the relationship between rent and income. If the portion of rent attributable to the assumed property taxes exceeds a fixed amount in relation to income, the renter can, under specified conditions, receive a credit of as much as $1,000. The credit is paid as a direct check from the State of Maryland. 

HOW A RENTED DWELLING IS DEFINED

The rented dwelling may be an apartment in an individual house or any type of apartment building, duplex, co-op, condominium, house trailer, or mobile home pad. The dwelling must be the principal residence in Maryland and the renter must live there at least six months of the year. You are only eligible to receive a tax credit for rent paid in the State of Maryland.

The applicant must have a bona fide leasehold interest in the property and be legally responsible for the rent. If the dwelling that is rented is owned by a tax exempt, charitable organization or is exempt in any way from property taxation, a tax credit cannot be granted.

HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE

COMBINED INCOMES: Credits are calculated according to total income, meaning all combined gross household income before deductions. This includes income from all sources, whether or not taxable for federal and state income tax purposes. It also includes Social Security as well as all other retirement benefits.

AGE 60 OR OVER OR 100% DISABLED

If you are age 60 or over or 100% disabled, use the chart below to determine if it is worthwhile for you to file an application.

CHART 1

  1. Find your approximate 2019 total gross household income in Column A.
  2. If your monthly rent is more than the figure in Column B across from your income, you may be eligible and are encouraged to apply.

 

Column A
Total Income
Column B
Monthly Rent
$1 - 10,000
117
20,000
423
25,000
576
33,000
800
39,000
1,000
43,000
1,100
46,000
1,200
49,000
1,300
53,000
1,400
56,000
1,500
59,000
1,600
62,000
1,700
66,000
1,800
69,000
1,900
​73,000
​2,000


The rent in Chart 1 assumes that you pay all your own utilities separate from the monthly rent. If the rent includes gas, electric and heat, you may need to have as much as 18% higher monthly rent to qualify for a credit.

Trailer park residents are advised to submit an application and allow this office to determine eligibility.

Chart 1 is a guide only, and the exact amount of your income and rent will be used to determine your eligibility. If you submit an application, the State will determine your eligibility.

UNDER 60 YEARS OF AGE

If you are a renter under the age of 60 who, during 2019, had at least one dependent under the age of 18 living with you AND you did not receive federal or state housing subsidies or reside in public housing AND the combined income of all residents of your dwelling is below the following guidelines, you are encouraged to apply.

CHART 2

​Persons in Household
(Include Applicant)
2019 Gross
Income Limit
2
$17,308
3
$19,985
4
$25,701
5
$30,459
6
$34,533
7
$39,194
8
$43,602
9
$51,393


Note: If you think you qualify based on the income limits on the above chart, you are encouraged to apply. The State will determine your eligibility using the above chart and the formula that compares rent and income (See Chart 1).

Contact Information

If you have additional questions regarding the Renters' Tax Credit, please contact the Department's Renters' Tax Credit Program at ​sd​at.renters@maryland.gov​ or 410-767-5915.​

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