1. Learn about this resource. 

Residents can receive $113 off their annual property tax bill if they pay a private company to collect their trash rather than the District. This amount changes annually.

 

This credit is called the Trash 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 the home that you live in.

  • You receive the Homestead Deduction for your DC home. Check your most recent property tax bill to be sure.

  • You, your homeowners association, or your co-op board pay a private company to collect your trash. 

get a tax credit for paying for your own trash pick-up?

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3. Apply.


  1. If you live in a single family or condo, receive the Homestead Deduction, and pay for private trash collection you should automatically receive this credit. You can check your March property tax bill to be sure. If you aren’t receiving the credit, go to mytax.dc.gov and navigate to "Real Property" > "All Real Property Actions." Then find your property and send a message to the Office of Tax and Revenue. You'll want to include:
    • Your home address.
    • The square-suffix-lot for each unit. Find your 8-digit SSL here (you’ll need to click “Search By Square Suffix Lot (SSL)” at the top).
    • A copy of your trash contract or a current invoice.
  2. If you live in a co-op and receive the Homestead Deduction, your co-op board will renew your eligibility annually for the entire cooperative through the Cooperative Homestead program.
You can apply at any time.





4. Gather more information.

3. Apply.


  1. If you live in a single family or condo, receive the Homestead Deduction, and pay for private trash collection you should automatically receive this credit. You can check your March property tax bill to be sure. If you aren’t receiving the credit, go to mytax.dc.gov and navigate to "Real Property" > "All Real Property Actions." Then find your property and send a message to the Office of Tax and Revenue. You'll want to include:
    • Your home address.
    • The square-suffix-lot for each unit. Find your 8-digit SSL here (you’ll need to click “Search By Square Suffix Lot (SSL)” at the top).
    • A copy of your trash contract or a current invoice.
  2. If you live in a co-op and receive the Homestead Deduction, your co-op board will renew your eligibility annually for the entire cooperative through the Cooperative Homestead program.
You can apply at any time.





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This page was last updated April 2021.

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