State of Maryland Property Tax Howard County Assessor

Howard County Government Department of Finance
3430 Court House Drive, 2nd Floor
George Howard Building
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
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The Howard County Tax Assessor's Office is located in Ellicott City, Maryland.
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Howard County Assessor's Office Services

The Howard County Tax Assessor is the local official who is responsible for assessing the taxable value of all properties within Howard County, and may establish the amount of tax due on that property based on the fair market value appraisal. The Howard County assessor's office can help you with many of your property tax related issues, including:

Property Tax Appraisals
The Howard County Tax Assessor will appraise the taxable value of each property in his jurisdiction on a yearly basis, based on the features of the property and the fair market value of comparable properties in the same neighbourhood. The assessor's office can provide you with a copy of your property's most recent appraisal on request.
Property Renovations and Re-Appraisals
If you renovate your property (such as by adding living space, bedrooms, or bathrooms), the Howard County Assessor will re-appraise your home to reflect the value of your new additions. Renovations may be reported to the Assessor's Office by the zoning board, contractors, or by the homeowner themselves. Unreported renovations will generally be discovered by the Assessor during the next on-site appraisal of the property. The Assessor may also re-appraise a property in the event of significant damage
Paying Your Property Tax
The Howard County Tax Assessor can provide you with a copy of your property tax assessment, show you your property tax bill, help you pay your property taxes, or arrange a payment plan. Payments may be made to the county tax collector or treasurer instead of the assessor.
Homestead Exemptions
The Howard County Tax Assessor can provide you with an application form for the Howard County homestead exemption, which can provide a modest property tax break for properties which are used as the primary residence of their owners. Additional exemptions might be available for farmland, green space, veterans, or others. Call the Assessor's Office and ask for details.
Property Tax Appeals
If you believe your house is unfairly over-assessed, the Howard County Tax Assessor can provide you with a tax appeal form and inform you of the tax appeal process. If your appeal is accepted, your property valuation (and property taxes) will be adjusted accordingly.

How can I contact Howard County?

If you need access to property records, deeds, or other services the Howard County Assessor's Office can't provide, you can try contacting the Howard County municipal government. The Howard County seat can be found in the County Office Building in Ellicott City. You can contact Howard County with general inquiries using the contact info listed below.

County Office Building
3430 Court House Dr
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4300
Howard County Contact Info:
(410) 313 3000 (Phone)
(410) 313 3299 (Fax)

For more details about taxes in Howard County, or to compare property tax rates across Maryland, see the Howard County property tax page.