1. Learn about this resource. 

Residents can receive a tax credit for owning and living in a DC home for at least seven consecutive years. The size of the credit depends on the amount of property taxes you paid in the past two years. This credit is called the Lower Income Long-Term Homeowner Credit (or the Schedule L Tax Credit), and is offered by the Office of Tax and Revenue.

2. Check if you are eligible.

You are eligible if all of these statements are true:

  • You own a home or a unit in a cooperative housing association in DC.

  • You have lived in your home for at least seven consecutive years.

  • Your home is in DC.

  • You have paid DC property taxes for your home for the last two tax years.

  • Your property receives the DC Homestead Deduction.

  • Your household’s yearly adjusted gross income—your income before paying taxes—is at or below the limit for  your household size. Count anyone who lives in your house, except tenants, as part of your household. To calculate your income, look on your tax return you filed last year.

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3. Apply.

  • Mail it to the Office of Tax and Revenue at 1101 4th Street SW FL4, Washington, DC 20024 by December 31 of each year.

4. Gather more information.

What happens after I apply?

  1. We—the DC Government— will verify your eligibility.
  2. You will receive the tax credit via direct deposit or check, based on the delivery method you picked on your Schedule L form.
If we find that you are not eligible for the tax credit, you will receive notification to the address you provided in the completed Schedule L form.

Are there any additional requirements I should know about?

Your household can only receive one credit per tax year.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

First, take a look at the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page. If you still have questions, please reach out to our Office of Tax and Revenue team at (202) 727-4829, Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 5:30 pm. Or, you can email the team at e-services.otr@dc.gov using the subject line “Schedule L.”

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

Does the credit automatically apply to future tax years? No. If you wish to receive the tax credit in the future, you must resubmit the Schedule L form each year.

Do all eligible applicants receive the credit?

Yes, if the form is submitted properly and on time.

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This page was last updated May 2021.

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