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Energy Conservation Devices Tax Credit

The Energy Conservation Device Tax Credit, as defined in 11-2-203.3 of the Baltimore County Code, offers assistance to single and multi-family residential property owners who utilize solar or geothermal devices–that meet national safety and performance standards–to heat, cool, supply electricity and provide hot water for use in the structure.

This credit applies only to the Baltimore County Real Property Tax obligation; any other charges listed on your bill are not included as part of the calculation.

Note: The credit does not run with the property and a change of ownership will cause the credit to terminate.

Waiting List in Effect

As a result of the annual budgetary limitation of $750,000 and the large number of applications received for this credit, a waiting list has been established wherein approved applications are placed on the list in the order received by the Office of Budget and Finance. For informational purposes and subject to change based on the number of applications received, an application approved on March 1, 2017 will be awarded to the applicant on the July 1, 2020 Property Tax Bill.

Guidelines

The amount of the tax credit under this section is:

  • 50 percent of the eligible cost or $5,000, whichever is less
  • $1,500 for a hot water supply system

Eligible costs include only those expenses incurred by the applicant within the 12 months before the initial application for the credit and may include:

  • Any part, component or accessory equipment necessary for operating the device
  • The reasonable costs associated with installation of the device

The applicant must submit detailed receipts listing the amount and dates of payment and the Permit Number for the electrical inspection completed by the Baltimore County Electrical Inspection Office.

Apply for the Tax Credit

The application for the Energy Conservation Devices Tax Credit must be submitted no later than June 1 of the year immediately preceding the first taxable year for which the credit is sought. 

A credit claimed during a tax year may not exceed the amount of the property taxes owed during that year and any excess amount may be carried forward for up to two additional tax years. 

Follow the steps below to apply for the Energy Conservation Devices Tax Credit.

Step 1: Gather Required Documentation

You must submit the following:

  • Detailed receipts listing the amount and dates of payment for installed devices
  • The Permit Number for the electrical inspection completed by the Baltimore County Electrical Inspection Office

Failure to provide this information will result in the credit being denied.

Step 2: Decide How You Want to Apply

Apply Online

To apply for the Energy Conservation Devices Tax Credit online, you'll need:

  • A valid email address
  • All documentation from Step 1 above

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Apply by Mail or In Person

To apply by mail or in person, you must:

Send or bring your application to:

Office of Budget and Finance
Property Tax Credit Administration
Energy Conservation Devices Tax Credit
400 Washington Avenue, Room 150
Towson, Maryland 21204

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact Taxpayer Services at taxcredits@baltimorecountymd.gov or 410-887-2404.

 
Revised March 6, 2017         

 

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