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Homeowners and renters may be missing out on millions of dollars in tax relief. AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide is a free program that helps eligible homeowners and renters apply for property tax relief.

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District of Columbia Program Overview

We’re sorry, we’re unable to provide assistance at this time. Keep reading to learn more about eligibility requirements and deadlines for property tax refunds and credits in your state. You can find more resources here.

The District of Columbia offers the ASD-100 Homestead Deduction, the Senior Citizen and Disabled Property Tax Relief program, and the Schedule H Homeowner and Renter Tax Credit program.

Homestead Deduction

A Homestead Deduction of $78,700 of assessed property value is available to all homeowners, including seniors and disabled. This benefit reduces a qualified property owner's property tax by 50 percent.

Eligibility

The Homestead Deduction is limited to residential property. To qualify:
  • An application must be on file with the Office of Tax and Revenue
  • The property must be occupied by the owner/applicant and contain no more than five dwelling units (including the unit occupied by the owner)
  • The property must be the principal residence (domicile) of the owner/applicant
  • Once the application is approved and filed, exemption applies to all tax years in the future if the applicant does not move and remains eligible.

Application Deadline

If a Homestead Exemption application is filed between October 1 to March 31, the property will receive the Homestead benefit for the entire tax year (and for all tax years in the future).

When a property owner turns 65 years of age or older, or when he or she is disabled, he or she may file an application immediately for disabled or senior citizen property tax relief.

Required Documentation

  • Homestead, Senior Citizen and Disabled Property Tax Relief Application
  • District driver’s license/identification

Senior Citizen or Disabled Property Owner Benefit

The Senior Citizen or Disabled Property Owner benefit reduces a qualified property owner's property tax by 50 percent.

Eligibility

To qualify for Senior Citizen Tax Relief you must meet the following requirements:
  • Have at least 50% ownership of the property
  • Must reside in the property
  • Must be 65 or older
  • To qualify for tax year 2022, the total household federal adjusted gross income from 2019 must have been less than $139,900. This includes all persons residing in the household excluding tenants paying fair market rent under a written lease
To qualify for Disabled Tax Relief, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Have at least 50% ownership of the property
  • Must reside in the property
  • Must be certified in the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a permanently and totally disabled or be receiving District or Federal disability payments
  • To qualify for tax year 2022, the total household federal adjusted gross income from 2019 must have been less than $139,900. This includes all persons residing in the household excluding tenants paying fair market rent under a written lease

Application Deadline

Senior Citizen or Disabled Property Owners may file an application immediately if they are age 65 or older or disabled. If the property owner lives in a cooperative housing association, the cooperative will supply and collect the applications. 

Required Documentation

  • Homestead, Senior Citizen and Disabled Property Tax Relief Application
  • District driver’s license/identification
  • If disabled, SSA certification of permanent and total disability disability payments OR Evidence of the person's SSI, SSD, Federal, DC or railroad retirement

Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit (Schedule H)

The Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit (Schedule H) is claimed when filing D.C. income tax return. The maximum credit is $1,225.

Eligibility

You must meet the following requirements to claim this credit:
  • You were a District of Columbia (DC) resident from Jan 1. through Dec. 31, 2021
  • Your residence is not part of a public housing dwelling
  • You rented or owned and lived in your home, apartment, rooming house, cooperative, or condominium in DC during all of 2021
  • Your 2021 federal adjusted gross income (AGI), was $56,200 or less if you are under 70 and $76,700 or less if you are age 70 or older
  • You did not rent from a landlord whose property was either exempt from real property taxes or who paid a percentage of rental income to DC instead of paying a real estate tax
  • You must not be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s federal, state, or DC income tax return unless you reached age 65 on or before December 31, 2021

Application Deadline

File your completed Schedule H with your Personal Income Tax Return.

Required Documentation

Individual Income Tax Credit
  • Schedule H (Property Tax Credit Form) and Form D-40 (Individual Income Tax Return)
  • If homeowner, DC real property tax bill and amount paid by you for the year
  • If renter, lease or other documentation of the amount of rent paid for the year

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We are grateful for all our Property Tax-Aide partners in District of Columbia:
  • United Way of National Capital Area

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