Maryland Tax Benefits With Shell Recycling

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Businesses and individuals are eligible to receive a tax credit in Maryland for recycling their oyster shell. To become a member of the Shell Recycling Alliance and begin receiving your tax credit, please fill out this form. NOTE: The business tax ID must be provided through the form to process your Maryland Tax Credit Certificate and claim your credit.

Restaurants: Restaurants are eligible to receive a $5 Maryland tax credit for every bushel of oyster shell that is recycled and returned to the State’s inventory. Up to $750 annually may be credited. Once signed up for the program, your annual bushel count will be tallied by the Oyster Recovery Partnership and your business will automatically receive a Tax Credit Certificate issued by the State of Maryland.

Individuals and Caterers: Individuals and Caterers are eligible to receive a $5 Maryland tax credit for every bushel of oyster shell that is recycled and returned to the State’s inventory. Up to $750 annually may be credited.

Volunteers: Do you have a truck and the ability to help collect oyster shell from restaurants and individuals? We’re always in need of extra hands. Please contact Tommy Price at SRA@oysterrecovery.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities. (Consult with your tax advisor for your tax deductibility for your volunteer contribution).

Seafood Distributors: Seafood distributors who recycle shell from restaurants are NOT eligible to receive the tax credit if the restaurant is receiving it. However, if the distributor is collecting shell from non-Maryland based restaurant or the Maryland restaurant is not taking the credit, then the distributor is eligible to receive a $5 tax credit for every bushel of oyster shell that is recycled and returned to the State’s inventory. Up to $750 annually may be credited. Please consult your tax advisor for any additional deductions that may be permissible.

For more information on the Oyster Shell Recycling Tax Credit, please visit the Maryland Taxes website here.