Real Property Tax Credit Information

Harford County residents who qualify can apply for and receive real property tax credits. For questions, please contact 410-638-3450.

Senior Citizens and Veterans


Harford County Council Bill 17-021Bill 18-038, and Bill 22-022, will provide a 20% tax credit for a maximum of 20 years, on county property taxes for individuals who are over 65 years of age, have a dwelling with an assessed value of $600,000 or less, and who either own and have lived in the dwelling for at least 35 years or are a retiree or surviving spouse of a retiree of the United States’ Uniformed Services who has not remarried.

This credit is also applicable to veterans or surviving spouses of veterans of the United States' Uniformed Services who have not remarried, who have a dwelling with an assessed value of $600,000 or less and a permanent disability that is service-connected with a combined service-connected evaluation of 50% or higher that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

The Senior Citizen and Veteran Tax Credit Rules and Regulations were revised following a public hearing to administer the changes in the program, particularly the changes to eligibility, and that document can be viewed  here

Renewal applications were mailed out to eligible households on 1/13/2023. The application for the tax credit can be accessed below.

2023 Printable Application and Instructions - Senior/Retired Veteran Credit for those over 65.

2023 Printable Application and Instructions    - Veteran Permanent Service-Connected Disability.

Veteran Administration Rating Letter Sample

2023 Electronic Application and Instructions can be retrieved by completing a property search. Click here  to search for your property then select Senior Citizens/ Veterans Tax Credit on the property detail screen.


Harford County offers a tax credit to an owner of a structure designated as a Harford County historic landmark by the Historic Preservation Commission for the expense incurred for the restoration of the landmark and a tax credit for the added value of the restored historic landmarks. For more information and link to the tax credit application visit the Preservation Tax Credits page.


The State of Maryland provides a credit for the real property tax bill for homeowners of all ages who qualify on the basis of gross household income. This credit must be applied for annually.

2022 Application and Instructions
2021 Application and Instructions
2020 Application and Instructions
2019 Application and Instructions


Taxpayers who reside on their property that is within 1,000 feet of the Scarboro Landfill may receive a tax credit for being adversely impacted by their property’s proximity to the landfill. For information, contact Jason Boyle, 410-638-3455.

Solar/Geothermal Energy

Taxpayers can receive real property tax credits for installation of qualifying energy conservation devices on their properties. For the tax credit application and additional information, click on the link:  Solar/Geothermal Energy Applicationto learn about our upcoming business resource events.