Impacted by Flood Damage? Tax Relief May be Available for You.

Yesterday, The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) announced that they are encouraging residents whose real property has been damaged by the recent severe weather to contact their local assessment office, as they may qualify to have their property assessments reduced.

WHAT TO EXPECT

In the coming weeks, SDAT’s assessors will be logging affected properties and will begin visiting areas impacted by the severe weather in order to locate and identify damaged property.

When a decrease in value is confirmed by an assessor—either from an exterior inspection or from a resident submitting the attached application—the new real property assessment will be sent to the County Finance Office and a new tax bill may be issued. If a property owner has already paid their tax bill, a prorated abatement will be issued. If the extent of damage is not clear from an exterior inspection, the attached application will be delivered to the property owner for them to complete and send back.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

Maryland residents can fill out the, “Damage Property Assessment Reduction Application” (click here to download it) and email it to their local SDAT assessment office. A list of all SDAT offices with contact information can be found on SDAT’s website here.

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