Mayor Holds Press Conference on Homeowners Property Tax Credit
Tuesday Sep 7th, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE, MD (Tuesday, September 7, 2021) — Mayor Brandon M. Scott was joined by Councilwoman Odette Ramos, former Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, and community advocates this morning to raise awareness among Baltimore City residents about the Maryland Homeowners Property Tax Credit and urge residents to apply.
“The Homeowners Property Tax Credit will be vital in helping keep money in the pockets of legacy homeowners and low-income families in Baltimore,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “I am proud to partner with Councilwoman Ramos and Councilwoman Clarke and encourage Baltimoreans to inquire about this opportunity.”
Residents are eligible for the Maryland Homeowners Property Tax Credit if they own their primary residence, as long as their gross household income is less than $60,000. The Credit is provided based on the amount by which the property tax exceeds a percentage of the household’s income. In addition, for homeowners 70 years old or older, the tax credit is retroactive.
City officials are working to make sure that Baltimore’s most vulnerable homeowners apply for this credit. The city is targeting its outreach to legacy homeowners and residents whose homes are at risk for going to tax sale.
“This is so important for homeowners. I am volunteering with the Councilwoman to get the citizens in our district signed up for the tax credit,” said former Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. “The credit is one way to avoid losing homeownership in Baltimore”
“As you all know, we have been continuing our work to reform tax sale and prevent people from entering tax sale. This is an amazing tool to ensure that homeowners can reduce their property tax debt,” said City Councilwoman Odette Ramos. “This campaign includes door to door campaigns, social media and earned media opportunities, notices in the water bills, and more. We are reaching far and wide, and we don’t have much time, October 1st is the deadline!”
Homeowners can access the application and assistance in the following ways:
- Community Action Partnership (CAP) centers
- Call the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition’s Securing Older Adult Resources Program (SOAR) tax credit hotline at 443-961-6220
- Apply online at bit.ly/mdhomeowners
- Get copies of the application from your local Enoch Pratt Free Library.
The deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.