Maryland Homeowners’ and Renters’ Tax Credit Applications Due in Three Weeks

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The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is urging Marylanders to consider whether they may be eligible to receive a homeowners’ or renters’ property tax credit and to submit an annual application before the September 4 deadline. Combined, these two tax credit programs helped more than 55,000 Marylanders save more than $65 million in taxes in 2017. SDAT has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Benefits Data Trust (BDT) to promote these tax credits and help low-income homeowners’ and renters’ complete their applications.

“Every year, our Department contacts more than one hundred thousand low-income Marylanders who may be eligible for tax relief, and we remain committed to finding innovative and effective ways to encourage them to apply,” said SDAT Director Michael Higgs. “We are excited about our new partnership with BDT, which will make it even easier for individuals and families in-need to find and apply for the homeowners’ and renters’ tax credits.”

The Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit Program provides tax relief for eligible homeowners by setting a limit on the amount of property taxes owed based on their income. If a resident has already paid their property taxes and applies before September 1, any tax credit that the homeowner may be eligible for will be refunded by their county finance office. The Renters’ Property Tax Credit Program similarly provides tax relief for eligible renters who pay high monthly rent relative to their total income. This credit is issued in the form of a direct check payment of up to $1,000 a year.

To determine whether you are eligible to receive a tax credit, you may visit the links above or call 410-767-4433 or 1-800-944-7403 (toll free within Maryland). To receive an application, please email
sdat.taxcreditapp@maryland.gov or call 410-767-4238.

In 2017, approximately 47,000 homeowners received an average of $1,339 in tax relief, while more than 8,800 renters received an average of $402 in tax relief. These two tax credit programs alone saved Maryland taxpayers more than $65 million last year. Homeowners may also be eligible to receive the
Homestead Tax Credit to limit taxable assessment increases on their principal residence. Many counties and municipalities also provide supplemental homeowners’ credits, which provide additional tax relief. If a resident is approved to receive the state homeowners’ credit, they will automatically receive any local supplemental homeowners’ credit for which they are eligible.

SDAT has entered into a partnership with BDT, which is a national non-profit committed to transforming how families and individuals in-need access essential benefits and services in Maryland through the Maryland Benefits Center. Multi-lingual outreach specialists will assist individuals during the entire application process for the homeowners’ and renters’ tax credits. They will also immediately connect applicants with numerous other state, local, and community programs available to ensure they are able to meet their basic needs.

Additionally, SDAT recently conducted a tax credit awareness campaign to educate Maryland homeowners and renters about the availability of these tax credits. Over 77,000 postcards were mailed to low-income homeowners who may be eligible to receive a tax credit, but have not yet submitted an application. SDAT has also been proactively sharing this information with the public through direct mail, email campaigns, social media, and other forms of community outreach.

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County’s 9-1-1 Center Launches the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP)

Prince George’s County is 1st in State of Maryland utilizing this new life-saving technology

Upper Marlboro, MD – This week, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III was notified that Prince George’s County became the FIRST Maryland Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) to launch and utilize the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) system. The ASAP Program is a new service that has been in design and testing phases for over a year. The ASAP service provides a direct alarm company information exchange between the County’s Motorola Premier One Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system and the alarm system monitoring company. This direct connection will result in immediate receipt of data from the alarm monitoring center; thereby, reducing processing time for alarm activations.

“I am proud that Prince George’s County will be the first jurisdiction in Maryland with this critical lifesaving technology,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “The Automated Secure Alarm Protocol system will also reduce alarm activation related telephone calls into and out of the 9-1-1 center by nearly 250,000 to 275,000 per year. This data exchange process will allow the highly trained 9-1-1 call takers to concentrate on processing incoming emergency 9-1-1 calls in a more efficient and effective manner. This will help save lives, protect property and reduce emergency incident response times. Our Public Safety Communications operation is one of the most advanced in the nation and our investments in these technologies allow us to help protect and save the lives of our residents.”

County Executive Baker has made Public Safety for Prince George’s County one of the top priorities of his Administration. County Executive Baker hopes that this technology will lead the way for other PSAP units within the State of Maryland to achieve the high standard expected of the County’s 9-1-1 center operations.

ASAP, launched in 2011 as a public-private partnership, is designed to increase the accuracy and efficiency of calls for service from alarm companies to PSAPs. The ASAP service utilizes ANSI standard protocols developed cooperatively by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and The Monitoring Association (TMA). Vector Security was the first alarm company to go live with Prince George’s County.

“Prince George’s County is very appreciative of Vector Security’s support and work in helping us bring this new technology to our citizens,” said Charlynn Flaherty, Director, for the Prince George’s County’s Emergency Communications Center. “I want to thank County Executive Baker for his leadership, dedication and investment in technology for the County’s Emergency Communications Center and the operations that support our heroic first responders.”

Additional alarm companies quickly followed Vector Security. Rapid Response also went live with Prince George’s County in the afternoon of March 21, 2018. Protection One, Monitronics and Guardian Protection, are a few of the progressive, service oriented alarm companies scheduled to go live in the upcoming days. We expect that to be followed by ADT on or about May 8, 2018 as well as other alarm companies with Prince George’s County customers.

For more information regarding the ASAP to PSAP services, please contact Prince George’s County’s 9-1-1 Center Director, Charlynn Flaherty, on 301-352-1485 or CFFlaherty@co.pg.md.us.