Local Option Property Tax Credit for Long-term Elderly Residents and Veterans





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

Other Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type



Local governments may provide a tax credit that may not exceed 20% of the county or municipal property tax and may be granted for up to 5 years.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Credit to the property tax bill

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Eligible property includes: a house that is used as the principal residence of the homeowner and actually occupied by the homeowner for at least six months of a 12-month period; condominium units that are occupied by an individual who has a legal interest in the condominium; and apartments in a cooperative apartment corporation that are occupied by an individual who has a legal interest in the apartment.

Eligibility Criteria




Principal Residence


Surviving Spouse

Other Criteria

Description of Eligibility Criteria

Individual must be at least 65 years old and either has lived in the same dwelling for at least the preceding 40 years or is a retired member of the United States Armed Forces, the reserves, or the National Guard; or a surviving spouse of a member of the Armed Forces or the National Guard who has not remarried. An individual is also eligible if they are an active duty, retired, or honorably discharged member of the United States Armed forces, the reserves, or the national guard and have a service-connected disability. The local government may also provide for additional eligibility criteria including but not limited to the maximum assessed value of a dwelling.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government must take action to opt in

Local Option Regarding Program Features

Local option regarding program features

Record ID



Md. Code, Tax-Property § 9-258
Md. Code, Tax-Property § 9-105 (in effect for 2021)
2020 Md. Laws, Ch. 642,Sec. 1, eff. 6/1/2020

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