1. Learn about this resource.
Residents can receive a tax credit of up to $1,200 when they file their annual DC income taxes. The credit amount depends on how much you pay in property tax or rent as well as your income. It is intended to help offset the real property tax you pay on your home either directly to the Office of Tax and Revenue or indirectly as part of the rent you pay to your landlord. This credit is called the Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit (or the Schedule H Tax Credit) and is administered by the Office of Tax and Revenue.
2. Check if you are eligible.
You may be eligible if all of these statements are true:
You were a DC resident for all of the previous year (January 1st through December 31st).
Your federal adjusted gross income—reported on line 4 of your DC income tax return—is $55,700 or less. If you are 70 or older, your federal adjusted gross income is $75,900 or less.
If you are 65 or younger, you are not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax filing.
You own your home and paid DC property taxes in the previous year or you rent your home and paid rent in the previous year.
Your home is not exempt from DC real property tax.
reduce your income taxes?
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Complete a Schedule H form with your annual DC income tax return. If you are not required to file a DC income tax return, simply complete a “stand alone” Schedule H and file it on its own.
If you are using tax preparation software, like TurboTax, or file electronically, check that you have received the credit by reviewing your PDF return before you file and looking for the Schedule H form.
If you are filing by mail with your annual return, send your return and the Schedule H form to the Office of Tax and Revenue at PO Box 96145, Washington, DC 20090-6145.
If you are filing by mail and not required to file a return, mail the stand alone Schedule H to the Office of Tax and Revenue at 1101 4th Street, FL 4, Washington, DC 20024.
4. Gather more information.
What happens after I file?
After you file your DC income tax return or a stand alone Schedule H form, you may be contacted by the Office of Tax and Revenue to verify your identity or other information on your tax filings.
If you are eligible and have properly claimed the credit, your credit will be applied to any tax liability you may have or will be refunded to you.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
I still need help paying my property taxes. What should I do?
You can find information about other resources that might help you save on taxes on our resource page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I still eligible if I share housing with others?
Do all eligible applicants receive the credit?
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This page was last updated April 2021.