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What makes Howard County one of the best places in America to do business, live and work? County and state corporate taxes help to fund the cost of local public services that are truly exceptional.

The County's current real estate tax rate is $1.014 per $100 of assessed value.

More detailed information regarding taxes is below:

Property Taxes

Fiscal Year 2010 Howard County  Maryland 
Real Property Tax Rate (per $100 of assessed value) $1.014  $0.112
Business Personal Property Tax Rate (per $100 of depreciated value) $2.54 $0.00
R&D machinery, equipment, materials and supplies Partially Exempt $0.00
Manufacturers machinery, tools and equipment Exempt $0.00
Manufacturers inventory Exempt  $0.00
Warehousing inventories Exempt  $0.00

Income Taxes 

Tax State County
Corporate Income Tax 8.25%  
Personal Income Tax (of taxable income)

4.75% of $3,000.00 to $147,000.00
5.00% of next $147,000.00
5.25% for next $200,000.00
5.50% for next $500,000.00

Sales and Use Taxes 6.00%* None

6.00% on tangible personal property sold at retail or used in Maryland. Does not apply to a manufacturer's purchase of raw materials, nor manufacturing machinery and equipment




Other Taxes

Fire Taxes

Region Taxes
Personal  $0.44 per $100 assessment
Real Property $0.176 per $100 assessment

Residential Trash Fee

Service Fee
Trash, Recycling and Yard Service $225
Trash and Recycling $210
Recycling Only $39

Water and Sewer Ad Valorem

$0.08 per $100. Water and Sewer Front Foot Based on Property Size 


Columbia Association Fees

If you locate your business within the boundaries of Howard County that are part of the  Columbia Association, there is an association fee that applies. The current rate has been set to a maximum of 75 cents per $100 of valuation assessed on 50 percent of the fair market value, as determined by the State of Maryland for real estate tax purposes. The Columbia Association applies the same methodology used by Howard County and the State with respect to their caps on property taxes, and they don't apply those caps in calculating taxes due on a property in the year following the purchase.  In FY2011, the annual charge rate was 68 cents.

To see more information about taxes in Maryland go to: choosemaryland.org 

Doing Business Here

Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.

Living Here

Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.