In a recent audit of the State Department of Assessments and Taxation, the Department of Legislative Services’ Office of Legislative Audits found a number of problems with the way the Department performs its property assessment and tax credit functions. Maryland’s counties rely on SDAT to provide property assessment and tax credit information to ensure property tax bills are sent correctly to homeowners across the state in July of each year.
From the MarylandReporter.com article:
The state Assessments and Taxation Department hasn’t performed regular physical inspections of individual properties to support property assessments as required by state law for “many years,” legislative auditors found.
The department also did not audit or review business personal property tax returns or homeowner tax credits, and it doesn’t perform sufficient data matches to look for businesses who fail to file personal-property tax returns, according to an audit report released last month.