Variations in Receipt of Benefit
Benefit Varies with Income
Minimum Tax Amount Must be Paid
The program provides a relief equal to the amount of assumed property taxes that exceed a percentage of income. The plan assumes that 15% of your occupancy rent goes toward the payment of property taxes. 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 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 Total relief cannot exceed $1,000 and renters have until October 1 annually to apply for the credit.
How is Benefit Disbursed
Direct payment to taxpayer
Eligible Property Type
Characteristics of Eligible Property
Only residential property is eligible for this program.
Description of Eligibility Criteria
For individuals over 60, or 100% disabled, the renters tax credit at its lowest threshold is offered for individuals making between $1 - $10,000 annually in total gross income and paying in excess of $117 monthly for rent. The highest threshold for this benefit is for individuals with incomes between $69,000 - $73,000 in 2020 total gross income for rent paid in excess of $2,000 monthly. Also eligible is an individual under the age of 60 with gross income below the federal poverty threshold and have one or more dependent children living with the renter. The property must be a principal residence and the applicant must not receive federal or state rent subsidies. The income ceiling for an applicant and one dependent is $17,308 and up to $51,393 for a household of 9 people including the applicant. An applicant's combined net worth cannot exceed $200,000. Credits are calculated according to total income, meaning all combined gross household income before deductions. This includes income from all sources, whether or not they are taxable for federal and state income tax purposes. It also includes Social Security as well as all other retirement benefits.
Local Option in Adoption of Program
Local government must take action to opt in
Local Option Regarding Program Features
Local option regarding program features
State Funding for Local Tax Loss
State reimburses all of the local government tax loss
Description of State Funding for Tax Loss
The state issues a refund check directly to the applicant.
Md. Code Tax-Property §9-402 (in effect for 2021)
[https://dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Documents/2021-RTC-Application.pdf Accessed 09/13/2022]
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