DC Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit (Schedule H)
Do you own or rent a home or apartment in the District? If so, credit provides tax relief to low-income homeowners who pay real property taxes and to renters who help support those payments. You may qualify to get this tax credit money even if you don’t owe any taxes to the District!
Do I qualify for this money?
- You must be a DC resident who owned a home, apartment, or condo and lived there during all of 2022.
- Your 2022 income must have been $57,600 or less ($78,600 or less if you are age 70 or older).
- You are not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.
- The property you live in is subject to real property taxes. Some properties, like public housing or properties owned by a house of worship, aren’t taxed.
How much can I get?
- The amount depends on the amount of property tax or rent paid and the amount of your income.
- For 2022, the limit is $1,250.
How do I get the money?
- You can claim the credit on your 2022 DC tax return. But if you have no other reason to file a DC return, you can just file a “standalone” Schedule H form with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue.
- If you are 60 years old or older, you can contact Legal Counsel for the Elderly at 202-434-2120 for help applying for the Schedule H credit.
- DC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites can help you file the standalone form. You can find a list of those sites and their contact information here Free Tax Preparation Flyer.
- If you use a private tax preparer, make sure to ask them about Schedule H. This credit is often overlooked!
- If you were eligible for this credit in prior years and didn’t get it, you can file for the last three years!