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Find Out if You Qualify for Property Tax Relief

AARP Foundation Property Tax Aide

Residential property tax refund and credit programs exist in nearly every state (and the District of Columbia), but few people know about them.

New AARP Foundation Program Helps Older Adults Save on Property Taxes

In select markets across the United States, AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide is making it easier for homeowners (and, in some cases, renters) to apply for property tax refund and credit programs. 

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide is currently available in Minnesota, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia. The program will expand to 13 more states in 2020, and 14 more in 2021. In Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C. highly trained Property Tax-Aide volunteers will find out if you're eligible — and if you are, they'll help you complete an application. There's no charge for the service; it's completely free, and AARP membership is not required.

Older adults who take advantage of property tax programs can receive, on average, $1,100 in either tax credits or a direct refund. Some states also offer tax credits for renters, based on the actual amount of rent they paid. In the District of Columbia, some taxpayers could be eligible for a 50% reduction in their property taxes. 

Program Overview

Residential property tax refund and credit programs exist in nearly every state (and the District of Columbia), but few people know about them. AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide helps low-income older adults take advantage of these programs, saving them money and helping them stay in their homes longer.

Property Tax-Aide simplifies the application process with innovative online tools. Our trained program volunteers use the eligibility screener to determine participants' eligibility to apply for a property tax refund or credit. The volunteers then use an application wizard to help eligible seniors complete the appropriate forms and prepare them for filing. 

Washington, D.C. Residents: You May Qualify for a Tax Credit

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide

If you are a D.C. resident, you may qualify for a homeowner's or a renter's property tax credit.

AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide is hosting events to help you determine whether you qualify. If you do, we'll help you apply.

Self-Advocacy Guidelines for Schedule H Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit — Washington, D.C., Homeowners and Renters

Take control of your D.C. property tax credit!

The Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit, known as Schedule H, is available to both homeowners and renters whose property taxes, or rent constituting property taxes, exceed a certain percentage of their household income.  

How do I file my Schedule H application?

1.     Mail one (1) copy of your application, prepared at a Property Tax-Aide site, to the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue using the filing envelope provided.

2.     Keep the second copy of your application.

3.     Your refund will be sent to you one to three months after you submit your application.

What should I do if I don’t receive my refund in three months?

Contact the Office of Tax and Revenue:

By phone: (202)727-4829

In person: 1101 4th St., SW, #270, Washington, DC 20024

Find out if your application was:

1.     Not received or lost.

2.     Denied by the Office of Tax and Revenue because they have inaccurate information.

3.     Denied by the Office of Tax and Revenue because you receive Section 8 housing assistance.

If the answer is…

1.     Not received or lost.

Resubmit your application in person, using the copy you were given at the Property Tax-Aide site. Please make or request a copy for your records and ask for a dated stamp verifying your submission.

2.     Denied by the Office of Tax and Revenue because they have inaccurate information.

Use the copy you were given at the Property Tax-Aide site to supply accurate information.

3.     Denied by the Office of Tax and Revenue because you receive Section 8 housing assistance.

Contact AARP Foundation at 833-263-9014. We’ll provide you with a letter affirming your Section 8 housing assistance doesn’t disqualify you from receiving the Schedule H credit. You can resubmit your application with the letter attached. 

You may qualify for up to $1,000 – in either tax credits or a direct refund – for property taxes or rent paid in 2018, if

  1. You were a District of Columbia resident from January 1 through December 31, 2018.
  2. Your residence is not part of a public housing property. 
  3. Your 2018 income was $50,500 or less ($61,900 or less if you are age 70 or older) in 2019. 
  4. You are not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s federal, state or D.C. income tax return unless you turned 65 on or before December 31, 2018.

If ALL of the above statements apply to you, you may qualify for either tax credits or a direct refund. To find out if you qualify, visit an AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide location where an AARP Foundation trained volunteer will assist you with completing a full eligibility screening and prepare your property tax form.

Check the sections below for dates, locations and a list of important documents to bring with you.

Tuesday, September 26 10am – 2pm
Deanwood Neighborhood Library
1350 49 St. NE
Washington, DC 20019

Wednesday, November 13 10am - noon
Chase Bank
3100 14h St NW Ste 118
Washington, DC 20010

Tuesday, November 19 4pm – 8pm
William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library
115 Atlantic St. SW
Washington, DC 20032

 To apply for the Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit, please bring:

1)   All W-2 and 1099 forms (including pension, dividend, Social Security)

2)   Proof of any other sources used to pay rent not included on a tax return, including, but not limited to, savings, CD's, investment income, tax free interest, and dividends. For a complete list see below.*

3)   Adjusted Gross Income of any dependents living with you.

4)   A copy of your DC Property Tax bill for the year, if you own your home (must contain Square #, Suffix # and Lot #). If you are unable to provide this information, a volunteer at a Property Tax-Aide site can help you find that information using D.C.'s Office of Tax and Revenue real property tax database. 

5)    For renters, proof of rent amount paid out of pocket (including leases, supplement re-certification forms, rent receipts, bank statements, handwritten/typed/emailed ledgers or letters from landlords).

6)    For renters, your Landlord's name, address, city, state, zip code and telephone number.

*Complete list of possible sources of income include: wages, salaries, tips, etc.; taxable interest; ordinary dividends; taxable refunds, credits, or offsets of state and local income taxes; alimony received; business income; capital gain; other gains; IRA distributions: Taxable amount; pensions and annuities: Taxable amount; Rental real estate, royalties, partnerships, S-Corp, trusts, etc.; Farm income; Unemployment compensation; Social security benefits: Taxable amount; Other taxable income.


Please note: 
Volunteers cannot assist you in completing a Schedule H application at a Property Tax-Aide site if you filed or are required to file an income tax return (Form D-40) for 2018. You must complete and file an amended income tax return with your Schedule H application attached, if you wish to claim the credit this year.

AARP Foundation initiative sponsored by Chase

Contact Us

Call 833-263-9014 or send us an email at Propertytaxaide@aarp.org.

Does Your State Offer Property Tax Relief?

Property tax exemptions are administered by your local county assessor’s office. To get current contact information, including phone number, address, website address and access to online applications (where applicable), visit AARP Foundation's Local Assistance Directory. Enter your zip code, and then search for "State Property Tax Assistance."