Stevensville, MD asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland

Q: If I were to bury a cremated family member on personal property, does the property need to continue paying property tax?

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Thomas C. Valkenet
Thomas C. Valkenet
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: The two concepts are not at all related. First, in Maryland there is no restriction on where human ash may be scattered. You only need permission if on private property. They really are no different than the ashes from your BBQ grill, and there is no tax break for scattering the ashes from your grill around the back yard, either.

Second, where there is no restriction on scattering ash, there certainly is not tax benefit to be conferred in order to promote scattering ash in one's own backyard.

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