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Home Buyer Tax Credits in MD and Washington DC

State Transfer Tax Credit in Maryland

The State of Maryland provides a credit to first-time home buyers at the time of purchase by exempting them from paying the buyer’s portion of the State transfer tax, which is .25% of the sales price.  The State transfer tax is .5% total, typically split 50-50 between the buyer and seller.  The State of Maryland waives the buyer portion of .25% for first-time Maryland home buyers.

A Maryland first-time home buyer is defined as someone who has NEVER owned a home in the State of Maryland.  If more than one person is purchasing the home, all parties must be considered first-time Maryland home buyers in order to qualify.  If one of the parties has previously owned property in Maryland, then the credit does not apply.

Homestead Tax Credit in Maryland

The Homestead Property Tax credit was established to reduce the property tax burden on homeowners.   It limits the taxable assessment increases to a certain percentage or less each year on a principal residence in Maryland.  The percentage increase allowed varies by County.  Even if the property value increases by more than the allowed increase percentage, the homeowner will not pay taxes on any market increase over that amount.   

For example, in Montgomery County the property tax increases are limited to no more than 10%.  If your property assessment rose from $350,000 to $400,000 in one year (about a 14% increase), the property tax is calculated on the full assessment, but you would receive a homestead credit on your property tax bill for the amount over 10%.  You would only pay taxes on $385,000 (a 10% increase over $350,000) and a tax credit is then applied to the remaining $15,000 of property value.

A homeowner can receive the tax credit on only one property, their principal residence.  They must reside at that property for at least six months of the year during which they are claiming the credit.  In addition, there is a one-time application that all homeowners must submit to establish eligibility for the credit.

First-Time Home Buyer Credit in Washington DC

The District of Columbia allows "eligible" first time homebuyers to receive reduced recordation tax on "qualified" residential properties.  The law, which passed in 2017, reduces the recordation tax rate to .725% (current rate is 1.1% for a sales price under $400K and 1.45% on all others).   The rate reduction is not automatic and home buyers must complete and application prior to closing.  The application and supporting documentation must be submitted with the deed so the buyer should provide the completed application to the title company prior to clsoing.  The reduced rate will be appliced to deeds of title recorded after October 1, 2017.  For an application and other requirements, contact our office.

If you have any questions about any of the home buyer credits, please contact us at
301-610-7777 or by email at

DISCLAIMER: This information is intended for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. You should not rely or act upon any information contained in this article without seeking the advice of qualified legal counsel.


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