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The Tentacle


August 1, 2014

Deadline for Senior Tax Credit Approaching

Guest Columnist

Commissioner Billy Shreve

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to be sure all of Frederick County’s Senior Citizens know about the enhanced Frederick County Senior Tax Credit. Property owners have until September 1, 2014, to apply for the credit for the current county property tax bill.

 

There are two basic qualifiers for the credit; 1.) gross household income of $70,000 or less; and 2.) the applicant must be at least 65 years old.

 

So far in Fiscal Year 2015 (which began on July 1, we have issued 1,500 citizens credit, averaging $241 per property, with a total taxpayer savings of $362,581.73.

 

However, we do not have all of the qualified senior citizens in Frederick County taking advantage of this very worthwhile credit. If one meets the basic criteria listed above, they should apply, or at least check out the complete list of requirements. If a taxpayer meets the basic requirements listed above and do not apply, they may be leaving money in the government’s pocket instead of their own.

 

It’s easy to apply and only takes a few minutes. If a resident needs help applying, the county has someone ready to assist.

 

Today’s seniors are stretched thin due to the economic climate, and this Board of County Commissioners wants to promote this benefit as much as it can. It is the commissioners’ desire to see more seniors take advantage of this special credit to help them live more comfortably.

 

The Frederick County Senior Tax Credit was enacted by the Board of County Commissioners on January 3, 2012.

 

This spring, the Treasury and the Department of Aging conducted outreach seminars to the senior population. Seniors who came to the seminars learned about the Senior Tax Credit and the State's Homeowner Tax Credit. Seniors could also get assistance completing the application. On a continuing basis, the Department of Aging also provides assistance to seniors on completing the application. We look forward to hosting more of these seminars in the near future.

 

Remember, this is a new and improved program. Earlier this year, the county commissioners amended the Senior Tax Credit Program to provide additional assistance to eligible senior citizens. The board removed the requirement that seniors qualify for the original local supplement, and also raised the gross household income level up to $70,000. Of course, senior taxpayers must be at least 65 years old. All other requirements and limitations of the State Homeowner Tax Credit will apply to the amended Senior Tax Credit.

 

Additional information about the Senior Tax Credit Program including a fact sheet and how to apply is available at the Department of Aging website www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/aging

 

For additional information, questions, or details about applying please contact Carolyn True, Director, Department of Aging, at 301-600-1605 or via e-mail at ctrue@FrederickCountyMD.gov.

 

If you have additional questions or concerns contact me at 301-600-2336 or by email at billy@frederickcountymd.gov.

 

I hope that every eligible senior takes advantage of this outstanding program. They have earned this benefit and deserve it!

 



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