SDAT Extends City Property Tax Exemption Questionnaire Deadline

State extends Baltimore City Property Tax Exemption Questionnaire Deadline to July 15.

CoronaVirusThe Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) today announced that the deadline to submit Exemption Questionnaires required under Tax-Property Article, § 7-204.1 will be extended to July 15, 2020. This requirement applies only to charitable, religious, and educational tax-exempt properties located in Baltimore City and in the current reassessment area.

Maryland law requires SDAT to periodically review the continued entitlement of a property owner to a tax exemption. The owner is required to submit any information requested by the Department to verify the propriety of the exemption.

Paper copies of Exemption Questionnaires were mailed in January to all entities that fall into categories currently being reassessed. Questionnaires may be downloaded from SDAT’s website.

According to a press release:

“I applaud Governor Hogan’s leadership during this COVID-19 health emergency. Our agency is working diligently to continue providing support to our customers with business-related deadlines that are being extended according to his executive order,” said SDAT Director Michael Higgs. “Fortunately, the Baltimore City Assessments Office is well poised to receive completed Exemption Questionnaires in order to assist with the processing of property tax exemptions.”

SDAT has also closed all public access to its 24 county-based Real Property Offices. At this time, those offices are only accepting telephone and written real property assessment inquiries, including appeals and questionnaires. All in-person hearings have been suspended. Email addresses for SDAT’s local offices be found here.