Overview of Maryland Taxes
Maryland’s average effective tax rate of 1.04% is lower than the national average. However, because Maryland generally has high property values, Maryland homeowners pay more in annual property taxes than homeowners in most other states.
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To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.
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Maryland Property Taxes
Taxes on real estate in Maryland account for about 35% of city budgets and 30% of county budgets, funding local services like public education and fire protection. Maryland’s average effective tax rate of 1.04% is lower than the national average. However, because Maryland generally has high property values, Maryland homeowners pay more in annual property taxes than homeowners in most other states. The median annual property tax payment in Maryland is $3,054, which ranks as the 10th highest of any U.S. state.
Maryland Property Tax Assessment
Unlike most states, where local officials are responsible for property assessment, in Maine the state government is in charge of all property assessment. Properties are reassessed by state officials once every three years. The goal of the assessment is to determine the fair market value of each property. The fair market value is the price the property would sell for if listed on the market.
After a reassessment an owner will be notified by the state of any change in assessed value. Property owners who believe their assessed value is incorrect have 45 days from the date of that notice to file an appeal.
For homeowners with a principal residence in Maryland the annual increase in assessed value cannot increase by more than 10%. For qualifying homeowners increases by more than 10% will be offset by the Homestead Tax Credit. In some areas, by option of the local city or county government, the cap is lower than 10%.
Another important tax credit is the Homeowners’ Tax Credit. Households with a total gross income of less than $60,000 may be eligible for this credit, which caps property taxes based on income. For example, a household with a gross income of $40,000 will receive a credit for any property tax exceeding $2,580 annually.
Maryland Property Tax Rates
While the state government is in charge of property assessments in Maryland, local governments still set their own rates. They do so based on revenue needs. Any rate increases must be announced and a public hearing must be held to discuss the new rate.
Tax rates will vary greatly depending on where you live. The table below shows the average effective tax rate for each of Maryland’s 23 counties, as well as the city of Baltimore (which is independent of any county). Average effective tax rates are calculated by determining the median annual property tax payment as a percentage of the median home value.
If you are looking to refinance a home loan or purchase a home with a mortgage in Maryland, take a moment to look at our Maryland mortgage rates guide.
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The median home value in Montgomery County, which is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, is $446,300. That is the 32nd highest median value of any of America’s 3,143 counties. So, while property tax rates in Montgomery County are below average, the amount actually paid is the highest in the state. The median annual property tax payment in Montgomery County is $4,123.
Prince George’s County
Like Montgomery County, Prince George’s County is located just outside of Washington, D.C. However, property tax rates in Prince George’s County are much higher than those in Montgomery County. The average effective property tax rate in Prince George’s County is 1.33%, as compared with 0.92% in Montgomery County.
At that rate, a homeowner whose home is worth $250,000 would pay $3,325 annually in Prince George’s County, over $1,000 more than a homeowner paying the average rate in Montgomery County. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that rates will vary depending on where in each county you live. For example, in Bethesda (in Montgomery County) the total rate is 1.23%, while in unincorporated parts of Prince George’s County the total rate is 0.96%.
Baltimore County surrounds the city of Baltimore but does not include the city itself. Tax rates in the county are roughly equal to the state average but significantly lower than those in the city of Baltimore. The average effective tax rate in Baltimore County is 1.06%.
The city of Baltimore has some of the highest property tax rates in the entire state of Maryland. The average effective property tax rate is Baltimore is 1.43%, higher than any of Maryland’s counties. However, homeowners who do not receive any tax credits may pay even higher rates than that.
For the 2015 fiscal year the total listed tax rate in Baltimore is 2.248%. In certain districts there are additional taxes. For example, in the Waterfront District, property owners must pay an additional 0.17%.
Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County is located on the Chesapeake Bay south of Baltimore and east of Washington D.C. The county’s average effective property tax rate of 0.79% is 4th lowest in the state. However, home values in the county are very high, which means annual property tax payments for many homeowners are too. The median property tax payment in Anne Arundel County is $2,702 per year, about $600 higher than the U.S. average.
The typical homeowner in Howard County pays $4,933 annually in property taxes. That is the highest amount in the state. Tax rates in Howard County rank as the 4th highest in the state. The average effective rate is 1.15%.
Located in northern Maryland, Harford County has property tax rates slightly higher than the state average but below the national average. The county’s average effective property tax rate is 1.07%. A homeowner paying property taxes on a home worth $250,000 would pay $2,675 annually at that rate.
Overall, Frederick County has the third highest property tax rates of any county in the state. The county’s average effective tax rate is 1.15%. In some cities, the total rate will be much higher than that. For example, in the city of Frederick, the total listed rate for the 2015 fiscal year is just under 1.66%.
Carroll County is a largely rural county located in northern Maryland northeast of Baltimore. The average effective property tax rate in Carroll County is 1.018%, the tenth highest rate in the state. The tax bill on a home worth $300,000 would be about $3,054 at that rate.
The tenth most populous county in Maryland, Charles County has property tax rates near the state average. The county’s average effective rate of 1.06% ranks as the eighth highest of Maryland’s 24 counties (including the city of Baltimore). In La Plata, the county seat, the total rate is 1.43% for the fiscal year 2015.
Property Tax: Which Counties are Getting the Best Bang for Their Buck
SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the places across the country where property tax dollars are being spent most effectively. Zoom between states and the national map to see the counties getting the biggest bang for their property tax buck.
Our study aims to find the places in the United States where people are getting the most for their property tax dollars. To do this we looked at school rankings, crime rates and property taxes for every county.
As a way to measure the quality of schools, we calculated the average math and reading/language arts proficiencies for all the school districts in the country. Within each state, these schools were then ranked between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on those average scores.
For each county, we calculated the violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.
Using the school and crime numbers, we calculated a community score. This is the ratio of the school rank to the combined crime rate per 100,000 residents.
We used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax collected for each county.
Finally, we calculated a tax value by creating a ratio of the community score to the per capita property tax paid. This shows us the counties in the country where people are getting the most bang for their buck, or where their property tax dollars are going the furthest.
Sources: US Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Police or Justice Department websites