The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) announced that it is following the lead of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and opening the District of Columbia’s tax season on Monday, January 23, 2017.
While a new federal law prohibits the issuance of refunds for taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before February 15th, OTR does not expect District refunds will be affected by this law.
DC taxpayers should be aware that identity theft protections and refund fraud measures put in place for the 2017 filing season by the OTR may mean additional review and longer processing times for some tax returns and associated refunds. OTR anticipates a processing window of up to 25 days for selected tax returns.
The fraud protection initiatives in place for 2016 have saved the District over $25 million and the Office of Tax and Revenue’s Compliance Administration will continue these enforcement efforts to safeguard the identity and tax dollars of the District’s taxpayers and government.
“As we move further into the holiday season, we’re informing taxpayers of the potential for extended processing times so they can plan ahead for early 2017,” said Keith Richardson, deputy chief financial officer for the Office of Tax and Revenue.
To help facilitate the processing of a return once it is submitted, taxpayers can check the status of a refund, provide substantiating documentation, or communicate with customer service by visiting the District’s new online tax portal, MyTax.DC.gov.