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Renters’ tax credits for eligible Marylanders

2/9/2015, 6 a.m.
Most Maryland residents know they are entitled to a tax credit for owning their own home. However, did you know ...
Most Maryland residents know they are entitled to a tax credit for owning their own home. However, did you know qualified renters in Maryland can also take advantage of available tax credits?

— Most Maryland residents know they are entitled to a tax credit for owning their own home. However, did you know qualified renters in Maryland can also take advantage of available tax credits?

The Renters’ Tax Credit Program is available to qualified renters in Maryland who meet the specific eligibility requirements.

“The point behind the credit is based on the idea that renters indirectly pay property taxes as part of their rent and should have some protection, just like homeowners,” said acting agency director, Owen Charles. “Program participation is based on the amount of rent paid and renter’s income, as well as meeting other specific program requirements. It’s worthwhile for qualified renters to look into it. They have the potential to receive a credit up to $750. And that could really help a lot of residents who may be walking a financial tightrope.”

If rent exceeds a fixed amount in relation to the renters’ income, the renter may be able to receive a credit up to, but not exceeding, $750. Not every Marylander who rents their home is eligible for the tax credit. To qualify for the Renter’s Tax Credit the resident(s) must: Be legally responsible for the rent; Be age 60 or over, or 100 percent disabled; Be a surviving spouse of one who otherwise would have been eligible; or, if a resident is under age 60, they must have had at least one dependent under the age of 18 living with them, and didn’t receive federal or state housing subsidies or reside in public housing, and the combined income of all residents of the home is below the allowable guidelines during the year they apply for the credit.

The deadline to apply for the credit is September 1 of the year in which the credit will apply, but Charles encourages residents to apply as early as possible.

For more information, and specific guidelines on qualifications for the Renter’s Tax Credit, visit the agency’s website or call the Tax Credits Telephone Service at 410-767-4433 (in Baltimore) or toll-free 1-800-944-7403.