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Property Taxes

The State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) sets the value on your property based on the market value of similar properties in your area. For information on property value and assessment or to ask questions about tax bills and programs, call 410-512-4905.

Real Property

Tax Bills

The tax rate is applied to the assessed value of your property. The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation re-evaluates your property once every three years. If the assessed value of your property goes up, then your property tax bill will increase. However, Baltimore County limits any increase caused by the assessment on principal residential property at four percent per year, even if the value is higher.

Baltimore County law requires that the tax bill be sent directly to the property owner. The County sends tax bills to the owner's address supplied by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. Call your mortgage company and ask if they need your bill to pay the taxes. Real property tax bills are due when rendered and are considered delinquent on October 1. Interest starts to accrue at the rate of one percent per month until the bill is paid.

Incorrect Bill Information

To update the mailing address on your property tax bill complete and return the change of address form in the taxpayer brochure included with your bill. You can also call SDAT if your bill needs to be corrected or updated.

Personal Property

SDAT certifies the amount for Baltimore County to bill. The fiscal year referenced on your tax bill is the County's billing year. The information we are billing is based on the Personal Property Return filed with the State by you or your predecessor for the previous calendar year for property owned as of January 1.

Estimated Assessments

If you have not filed a Personal Property Return (Form One) with the State, they may estimate an assessment for the County to use. Therefore, you must contact SDAT for corporation and unincorporated accounts by calling 410-767-1170.

Note: Personal property taxes are due as indicated on the bill. To avoid interest accruing you should pay the estimated amount. When the correct assessment information is received from the State, the County will issue a refund for any overpayment that may have occurred. If you choose to wait for a revised bill, interest will accrue based on the original bill date.

Tax Clearance Certificate

A Personal Property Lien Certificate is available for $40 and the check should be made payable to Baltimore County, Maryland. Please send the check and request to:

Office of Budget and Finance
400 Washington Avenue, Room 150
Towson, Maryland 21204-4665
Attn: Personal Property Section

For more information on Personal Property Tax Clearance Certificates call 410-887-2411.

 
Revised August 29, 2018         

 

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