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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley last week signed a law extending the deadline for homeowners to apply for the Homestead Tax Credit. Homeowners now have until Dec. 30, 2013, to submit an application. The credit is intended to keep property taxes on homeowner-occupied residences from increasing more than 10 percent (or less, depending on the jurisdiction) each year. Some owners of vacation and rental properties have been receiving the homestead credit improperly. In order to reduce the number of taxpayers receiving the credit on ineligible properties, more than five years ago the legislature instituted a one-time application requirement.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
State tax officials should take steps to help ensure that Marylanders who receive the homestead property tax credit remain eligible for the popular discount, auditors said in a report released Wednesday. Auditors also said state officials should methodically review some past recipients to identify owners who have gotten large tax discounts improperly — and who should refund the government. "There are ways to be proactive about this and not depend on people providing tips," state Legislative Auditor Thomas J. Barnickel III said in an interview Wednesday.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
If you want to know who in Baltimore benefits most from the homestead property tax credit, look north. Of the 100 biggest discounts in the city this tax year, more than 75 went to homeowners in and around the wealthy North Baltimore neighborhoods of Guilford, Roland Park and Homeland, tax records show. Another 15 or so recipients ring the waterfront. The average break for these homeowners is $10,430, or 10 times the citywide average. As a group, they've avoided paying a combined $1 million this year.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
Today is the final day for Maryland homeowners to apply by mail for the Homestead Tax Credit, which prevents property taxes from going up more than 10 percent per year (it's a lesser percentage in most counties and Baltimore). Applications will also be accepted in person on Wednesday (read below for details).  The tax credit could save some homeowners hundreds of dollars on their July tax bill. To learn more about the credit, read the related items to the left of this post. The credit only applies to owner-occupied residences.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2012
Maryland homeowners could lose out on hundreds of dollars in tax bill savings if they miss a deadline that's a week away. Many may not realize they must sign up for the Homestead Tax Credit, which saved the average Baltimore homeowner more than $1,000 in the most recent tax year. To receive the credit in property tax bills starting this July, homeowners must sign up by Dec. 31. "When you say the words 'tax credit' to some homeowners, it doesn't really resonate what they're getting out of it," Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
Two men were shot in separate incidents in Baltimore on Wednesday night, according to city police. About 8 p.m., police were called to an area hospital after a man arrived there with a gunshot wound, said Detective Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman. Police learned hours later from interviewing the victim that he was shot in the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, in the city's Seton Hill neighborhood, Silbert said. The man was wounded in the leg and was receiving treatment, Silbert said.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
About 25,000 Baltimore homeowners who received the Homestead Property Tax Credit this year will lose the sometimes-large break if they don't apply for it by Dec. 31, the Baltimore City Council warned Monday. The one-time application is a relatively new requirement — the General Assembly mandated it in 2007 to cut down on ineligibility problems, setting the deadline at the end of this year to give homeowners plenty of time. But Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and other council members are worried that some residents will see their tax bills spike next July because they don't know about the requirement.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
Beginning this week, Maryland's Department of Assessments and Taxation can begin penalizing homeowners who received a homestead credit this year as a result of deception. Penalties will be issued on an ad hoc basis as the department learns of violators, said Robert E. Young, Maryland's director of assessments and taxation. "It's going to be interesting to see how many of them there are," he said. The penalty, approved overwhelmingly by the General Assembly, is equal to 25 percent of "the amount of the property tax credit improperly received," according to the fiscal and policy analysis of the law. Homeowners, of course, still are on the hook for reimbursing the state, with interest, the amount they inappropriately saved by using the credit.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2012
Archaeologists have discovered what they think are remains of a barn or blacksmith workshop in North Bethesda that could date to the days of Josiah Henson, a former slave whose autobiography inspired the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin. " Looking for evidence of what slave life in Maryland was like, archaeologists with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks and the PBS program "Time Team America" began exploring the Josiah Henson Special Park on Monday.
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