IMPORTANT HOMESTEAD TAX CREDIT NOTICE
State Legislation approved during the 2007 session of the General Assembly requires homeowners to submit an application in order to continue to receive the homestead tax credit. You will receive the application with your next reassessment notice. For more information, click here. To submit your homestead tax credit application online, please click here. SDAT Tax Credit Programs 410-767-4433.
How is my property assessed?
When will my property be assessed next?
How are my real property taxes calculated?
What municipalities have their taxes collected by Dorchester County?
Dorchester County government collects real property taxes taxes for all municipalities in the County:
Brookview, Cambridge, Church Creek, East New Market, Eldorado, Galestown, Hurlock, Secretary, and Vienna
What if I didn't receive a tax bill?
When are tax payments due?
Do I qualify for the semi-annual tax payment plan?
How can I pay my taxes?
- To pay online or by phone using a credit card or bank debit card
To pay by your real property taxes with a credit or debit card, please click here.
- To pay by mail
Make check payable to Dorchester County, Maryland and send with the appropriate coupon to:
Dorchester County, Maryland,
P.O. Box 66,
Cambridge, MD 21613
- To pay in person
Payments to the County may be made at the Treasury Office located in Room 102 of the County Office Building, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, Maryland 21613. The Treasury is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, with the exception of County holidays. Accepted forms of payment are cash, checks, credit cards and money orders. So we may better serve you, please bring your tax bill when paying in person.
What if my taxes are not paid on time?
Are there any programs to assist taxpayers in paying their tax bills?
There is a Homeowner’s Property Tax Credit Program, which is administered by the State and available to eligible homeowners based on household income. Applications must be filed no later than September 1st of each tax year. For information or an application, please call the State at (800) 944-7403 or visit their website at www.dat.state.md.us.
Homestead Tax Credit
The Homestead Credit limits the annual increase in taxable assessment on owner-occupied residential properties to a fixed percentage. Beginning July 1, 2006, the taxable assessment for County taxes on owner-occupied residential properties in Dorchester County is limited to 5%. Any applicable credit has been used in the calculation of this bill.
Disabled Veterans Tax Exemption
There is a complete exemption from real property taxes on the dwelling house owned by veterans or their surviving spouses where there is a service-connected disability which is 100% disabling and permanent in character. Un-remarried surviving spouses also may apply for this exemption. Surviving spouses of military personnel killed in the line of duty may also apply for an exemption. For further information call the local Assessment office at (410)228-3380.
Those persons with a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye may receive, with a doctor’s certification, an exemption of $15,000.00 of assessment reduction on the dwelling house and surrounding yard. Legally blind persons may apply at any time and need not meet the general September 1 filing deadline.
What if my taxes are paid by my mortgage company?
If your mortgage company pays your property taxes, it is your responsibility to send a copy of this bill to them.