New Supplemental Property Tax Credit Program Filing Deadline Extended to Oct. 31

The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (MDAT) has extended the filing deadline for the Homeowners' Tax Credit program until October 31, 2005, due to the enactment and revision of County supplemental credits in Charles, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Howard, and Montgomery counties.

The Charles County Commissioners enacted legislation to supplement the MDAT Homeowners Property Tax Credit Program for Charles County homeowner-occupied residences that went into effect August 4, 2005. The Charles County supplemental program provides real property tax credits for homeowners with gross household incomes of $50,000 or less and residential property assessed at $300,000 or less. The current maximums for the MDAT program tax credits are assessed property valued at $150,000 or less and combined gross household incomes of approximately $30,000 or less.

In order to be considered for a property tax credit on July property tax bills, homeowners must file Form HTC-60 (for 2005), along with proof of income sources, with MDAT by the extended deadline. Homeowners will either receive a tax credit to be used toward payment of their tax bill or for a refund if the bill has already been paid, or a written explanation of their ineligibility.

Application forms and instructions are available at the Charles County office of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, 101A Catalpa Drive, Suite 101A, in La Plata, or the Treasurer's Office in the Charles County Government Building.

For more information about the program or to obtain assistance with filing an application, call the MDAT office in Charles County at 301-932-2440 or go to the MDAT web site at

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