New Modernized Real Property Tax System Coming December 2020

The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) announced today that it is implementing a new Modernized Real Property Tax System (MRPTS), which will go-live December 2020.

The implementation of the state-of-the-art system with technology partner FAST Enterprises will support property tax assessments, ownership and address changes, tax billing, collections, tax relief administration, tax sales, appeals, and the land recordation of real property.

Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt said, “We will be one of the only jurisdictions in the United States that has fully integrated our new income tax, sales tax, and business tax systems with a new property tax system in MRPTS.  The new customer service and operational capabilities will be substantial with all of our tax systems in the most modern technology.”

MRPTS benefits include:

  • Integration of all real property tax systems and functions
  • User friendly and fewer clicks to process tax relief applications, such as the  Homestead and Senior Deduction
  • Online filing and management of first, second and third level appeals
  • Automated scheduling, rescheduling and confirmation of appeal appointments
  • Real time posting of all real property transactions
  • Ability to update account information (i.e., mailing address, authorized users, etc.)
  • Web feature which allows taxpayers to ask questions online and receive a quick response from customer service (two-way communication).

 “This is an exciting time for the Office of Tax and Revenue,” said Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Tax and Revenue Keith J. Richardson. “MRPTS is an example of OTR’s continued focus on improving customer service, communication and technology as we move to a single, unified system.”

In October 2018, OTR successfully implemented a multi-phased changeover to a Modernized Integrated Tax System (MITS), in which more than 20 tax types and fees administered by OTR are housed. MRPTS will complete OTR’s consolidation of all tax types – individual income, business and real property taxes – into one system.

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DC Office of Tax and Revenue to Hold Its 2019 Real Property Tax Sale Beginning Tuesday, July 16

The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will hold its annual public Tax Sale beginning Tuesday, July 16, from 8:30 am until 12 noon and from 1 pm until 4 pm, or until all properties advertised are sold. The sale will be held at 1101 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20024.

A list of more than 1900 properties by parcel, square, suffix, and lot number, with the name of the owner of record and the unpaid tax amount, is available on OTR’s website, as well as The Washington Informer and The Washington Times newspapers.

Public Seminars:

OTR will conduct four public seminars to explain the Tax Sale procedures to prospective bidders. The seminars will be conducted at 1101 4th Street, SW, Suite W250, Washington, DC 20024, on the following dates:

  • June 25: 9:30 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4:30 pm
  • June 26: 9:30 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4:30 pm

To register for a seminar, please call OTR at (202) 727-4TAX (4829) or visit the Customer Service Administration’s Walk-In Center, located at 1101 4th Street, SW, Suite W270, Washington, DC 20024.

Registration:

Registration for the Sale is mandatory and begins Monday, July 8, and continues until the final day of the sale. To register, prospective bidders must make a deposit of at least 20 percent of their total bids. A $200 Tax Sale fee will be added to each property at the time of the sale. Purchasers are also required to complete Form FR-500, Combined Business Tax Registration Application, prior to registering. The form is available at OTR’s portal, MyTax.DC.gov.

For more information on the Tax Sale process, please call (202) 727-4TAX (4829) or visit OTR’s Customer Service Center at 1101 4th Street, SW, Room W270.

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Tax Exemption Workshop for Non-Profit and Faith-Based Organizations: June 12, 6pm to 8pm

 

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On June 12, from 6pm to 8pm, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will host another workshop to educate non-profit and faith-based organizations on the District’s new filing requirements for tax exempt organizations. Attendees will learn about OTR’s changes and new processes for those applying for or retaining an Income and Franchise tax, Personal Property tax and/or Sales and Use tax exemption from the District.

OTR staff will also provide one-on-one assistance to attendees who may need support recertifying their exemption via the online reporting system, MyTax.DC.gov. Attendees will need to bring the following documents, as applicable:
•Articles of Incorporation
•Certificate of Incorporation issued by the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
•Certificate of Occupancy or Deed
•IRS Determination Letter

The event is FREE; however, space is limited. REGISTER NOW!

 

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OTR and the DC Bar Pro Bono Center to Host a Series of Workshops for Organizations Exempt From D.C. Income and Business Taxes

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The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) in partnership with the DC Bar Pro Bono Center will host a series of workshops on the District’s new filing requirements for tax exempt organizations. This event will serve as a great way to learn more about all changes and processes for those applying for or retaining an Income and Franchise tax, Personal Property tax and/or Sales and Use tax exemption from the District.

The workshops will be held as follows:

  • Non-Profits Organizations: Tuesday, April 30; 10 am to 12 noon
  • Faith-Based Organizations: Thursday, May 2; 10 am to 12 noon

The workshops are free and will be held at OTR’s office, 1101 4th Street, SW, Suite W240. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback.

As space is limited, individuals who are interested should RSVP by emailing communicationsotr@dc.gov.

OTR staff will also provide on-the-spot assistance to individuals who may need support recertifying their exemption via the online reporting system, MyTax.DC.gov.  They will need to bring the following documents, as applicable:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Incorporation issued by the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
  • Certificate of Occupancy or Deed
  • IRS Determination Letter

Don’t miss this opportunity!

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Do You Owe District Taxes? Make Easy Payments Via MyTax.DC.gov

As the deadline to file the individual income tax return is now upon us.  The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) reminds taxpayers that there are payment options available for any outstanding liabilities owed to the District of Columbia.

OTR’s tax portal, MyTax.DC.gov provides the convenience of making online payments 24/7.

Online Payment Agreement

District taxpayers with an outstanding liability can apply for an online payment agreement by logging in to their MyTax.DC.gov account. The “How to Request a Payment Agreement” tutorial is a helpful resource in setting up a payment agreement.

Payment Options

To remit a payment, taxpayers should log in to their MyTax.DC.gov account, which allows them to pay directly from their bank account for free or pay with their credit/debit card for a fee.

Contact OTR

For assistance with MyTax.DC.gov and/or account-related questions, please contact OTR’s e-Services Unit at (202) 759-1946 or via email at e-services.otr@dc.gov.

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Individual Income Tax Deadline Days Away; Returns and Final Payments due Monday, April 15

april-15The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) reminds taxpayers and tax preparers that the deadline to file their individual income tax return, and remit payment due, is days away – Monday, April 15.

Below are some points to keep in mind as the tax filing deadline nears:

  • Filing Deadline: All income tax returns and related payments for tax year 2018 must be e-filed or postmarked by Monday, April 15, 2019.
  • What’s New: A special edition on OTR’s blog outlined what’s new for the current tax-filing season.
  • Electronic Filing: E-filing is faster, minimizes errors, and provides an electronic filing acknowledgement. OTR’s website lists a number of companies that offer free e-filing of the federal and state returns, if certain criteria are met.
  • Fillable Form: OTR also offer a fillable form option, which allows residents to preparer their District return online, and e-file it, at no charge.
  • Forms and Instructions: A number of tax forms, instructions, and other related materials are available online, at any time, at OTR’s website.
  • Extension: Taxpayers who may need additional time to file their tax return, may request an extension of time to file (FR-127) at MyTax.DC.gov.  Reminder: It’s an extension of time to file, not to pay.
  • Payment Options: To remit a payment, taxpayers should log in to their MyTax account, which allows them to pay directly from their bank account for free, or pay with their credit/debit card for a fee.
  • Online Payment Agreement: Taxpayers with an outstanding liability can apply for an online payment agreement by logging in to their MyTax.DC.gov accounts. The “How to Request a Payment Agreement” tutorial is a helpful resource in setting up a payment agreement.
  • Where’s My Refund: Taxpayers who may be due a refund, can check their refund status at MyTax.DC.gov. They will need to input their social security number, tax year and exact refund amount.
  • Contact OTR: Forms, instructions and related items can also be picked up at OTR’s office. The office is located at 1101 4th Street, SW, Suite 270, Washington, DC 20024, and is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Taxpayers may also call the office during the same hours at (202) 727-4TAX (4829). Tax practitioners may call (202) 727-1435.
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Effective April 1, Marketplace Facilitators Must Collect District Sales Taxes for its Sellers

Effective April 1, 2019, a “marketplace facilitator” is required to collect District sales tax on behalf of its “marketplace sellers.”

A “marketplace facilitator” is a person that provides a marketplace that lists, advertises, stores, or processes orders for retail sales subject to sales tax for sale by marketplace sellers, and directly or indirectly collects payment from a purchaser and remits payment to a marketplace seller regardless of whether the marketplace facilitator receives compensation or other consideration in exchange for its services.

A “marketplace seller” is a person that makes retail sales through a marketplace operated by a marketplace facilitator.”

Marketplace facilitators should register for a marketplace sales tax account with the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) and begin collecting and remitting sales tax immediately on their marketplace sales. Those marketplaces that are already registered with the District as a vendor or a remote seller, should add an additional marketplace account to their customer profile.

For additional questions, please see the following FAQs: https://otr.cfo.dc.gov/page/marketplace-sellers-frequently-asked-questions-faqs

For questions or assistance registering, marketplace facilitators may call OTR’s e-services at (202) 759-1946 or send an email to e-services.otr@dc.gov.

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