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.

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This page was last updated November 2021.

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