Renters' Tax Credit Application Form RTC (2021) Details

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Renters' Tax Credit Application Form RTC (2021)

The State of Maryland provides a direct check payment of up to $1000.00 a year for renters who paid rent in the State of Maryland and who meet certain eligibility requirements.

Please go to SDAT's website to review income eligibility information if you have any questions.

The deadline for filing an application is October 1, 2021. A properly completed application means that all questions are answered, the form is signed, copies of the entire federal income tax return, schedules and forms, necessary Social Security form (SSA-1099), Railroad Retirement Verification or rate letter are all included and applicant has provided responses to any subsequent inquiries made by the Department in a reasonable timeframe.

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  1. A new application must be filed every year if you wish to be considered for a tax credit. Applicant must satisfy all five (5) legal requirements listed below before eligibility can be considered:
  2. Applicant must have a bona fide leasehold interest in the property and be legally responsible for the rent; and
  3. First time applicants, and those who have moved during the previous year, must submit a copy of their lease(s), rental agreement, cancelled checks, money order receipts, or other proof of rent paid. Other applicants must submit a copy upon request; and
  4. The principal residence must be in Maryland and where the applicant resided for at least six (6) months in 2020; and

  5. The dwelling may be any type of rented residence or a mobile home pad on which the residence rests, but it may not include any unit rented from a public housing authority or from an exempt organization; and
  6. Applicant, spouse and/or co-tenant(s) must have a combined net worth of less than $200,000 as of December 31, 2020.

  7. Applicant may later be requested to submit additional information to verify what was reported on the application. This request may include a statement of living expenses when it appears that the applicant has reported insufficient means to pay the rent and other living expenses.

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Who issues the Form?

Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation

Contact Information

Renters' Tax Credit Program


Tel: (410) 767-4433