The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) encourages residents and businesses whose property was damaged by the effects of Hurricane Ida to contact the department as they may be entitled to a reduction in their property valuations. Maryland residents can complete this form and email it to their local SDAT assessment office. A list of all SDAT offices with contact details can be found on the SDAT website here.
“SDAT is very adept at responding to natural disasters and we stand ready to serve Marylanders whose property was damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Ida,” said SDAT Director Michael Higgs. “We recommend those affected to email this form as soon as possible to their local assessment office to have their damage assessed.”
Several locations in Maryland such as Annapolis, Rockville, and Baltimore City have been hit by floods and power outages from Ida. The SDAT appraisers are currently logging the affected properties and will begin investigating the damage in the coming weeks. Please note that you must submit the attached form to your local valuation agency in order to evaluate your property.
When an impairment is confirmed by an appraiser – either through an outdoor visit or by a resident submitting the attached application – an adjusted asset valuation is sent to the County Finance Office and a new tax bill can be issued. If a property owner has already paid his tax bill, a pro rata discount is issued. If the extent of the damage is not clear during an outside inspection, the attached form will be sent to the landlord to fill out and return.
In addition to the real estate tax relief, a reduction in the assessment of assets can also be granted for private business property destroyed by Hurricane Ida.
The department is recalling with Governor Hogan and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to remind residents to take all necessary precautions and avoid all affected areas. Click here for more information from MEMA on how local residents can be prepared for the weather by making sure they know how to receive warnings, follow safety tips, and take certain actions.
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