As the Office of Tax and Revenue prepares for the official launch of MyTax.DC.gov, we sat down with Program Manager Thad Russell for an update on what taxpayers can expect in November.
Mr. Russell thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk about MyTax.DC.gov. Today we’re 75 days away from launch and it’s exciting because MyTax.DC.gov will benefit businesses and individuals in so many ways. We thought it would be a great idea to ask you a couple of questions about the new tax portal to get our taxpayers ready for November 2016.
Q: Will taxpayers who currently use eTSC need a new username/login ID to access MyTax.DC.gov? If so, can you briefly explain the transition process?
Mr. Russell: Yes, taxpayers will need to register at MyTax.DC.gov for a new account. However, the process will use a shared secret that should make the ease of registering much more user friendly.
Q: Please share with our audience what functionalities will be covered in MyTax.DC.gov and what will remain in eTSC?
Mr. Russell: MyTax.DC.gov will handle business registration, individual income tax, fiduciary and estate tax, franchise taxes for incorporated and unincorporated businesses, and withholding taxes following the rollout in November. As other tax types are converted from the existing system to MITS, they too will have functionality in MyTax.DC.gov. For example, sales and use tax will convert to the new system in October, 2017. At that time, MyTax.DC.gov will also have functionality for sales and use tax.
Q: One of the features of MyTax.DC.gov is that individuals and businesses can schedule payments far into the future. Can you speak to us more about this?
Mr. Russell: For taxpayers convenience, payments can be scheduled up to a year for income taxes and 6 months for business taxes. This would allow an individual taxpayer to schedule estimated payments for all 4 quarters at the same time, and the payments be applied at the scheduled due dates.
Q: Is there another feature of MyTax.DC.gov that is important to highlight at this time?
Mr. Russell: Taxpayers will have much more transparency by being able to review transactions on their accounts and digital copies of notices they may have received. Additionally, taxpayers will be able to grant 3rd party access to their accounts if they wish so that their preparer could have access to help clarify their tax situation. Finally, taxpayers will also be able to communicate through MyTax.DC.gov and submit documents requested electronically.