Today, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) officially begins accepting and processing electronically filed District individual income tax returns for tax year 2017. Additionally, today, OTR begins accepting and processing paper returns. However, OTR urges tax payers to electronically file their tax returns this filing season.
The following reminders will assist District residents in preparing their returns this filing season:
File Electronically (e-File) and Direct Deposit
As a reminder, OTR expects to receive more than 400,000 individual income tax returns this year. E-filing tax returns and direct deposit are a winning combination this tax filing season. E-filing is faster, helps minimize errors, and provides an electronic filing acknowledgement. Opting to direct deposit tax refunds to a chosen bank account is safer and there is no risk of a lost or stolen check.
OTR offers two electronic filing methods:
- Free File: A service that allows taxpayers to choose from a number of free tax prep software options
- Fillable Form: An online version of the D-40/D-40EZ form and schedules that allows taxpayers to fill in their tax information, e-sign, and e-file their return
Tax Preparers/VITA Sites
Taxpayers should start thinking about who will prepare their tax returns. As a reminder, once a tax return is signed by the taxpayer, he or she is legally responsible for the accuracy of all the information on the return. OTR urges taxpayers to check that all information is accurate before signing tax returns. The IRS offers tips to help taxpayers choose tax preparers wisely.
For residents who may qualify, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help for taxpayers who earned less than $54,000, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers. VITA sites are typically located at community centers, libraries, and schools. The IRS provides a VITA locator tool on their website or taxpayers can call 800-906-9887 to locate the nearest VITA site.
A number of District tax forms, instructions and other materials are available online at OTR’s website: https://otr.cfo.dc.gov/page/tax-forms-and-publications.
Check Refund Status
Taxpayers can check the status of their refund via OTR’s tax portal, MyTax.DC.gov by using the “Where’s My Refund” tool on the homepage. This feature is available 24/7 and will provide an instant update on refund statuses.
Online Payment Agreement
Taxpayers have the ability to apply for an online payment agreement when logging in to their MyTax.DC.gov accounts to pay off tax debt owed to the District.
Quick Payment Options
If taxpayers are in a hurry and would like to pay their taxes without logging into MyTax.DC.gov, there are quick payment options available on the homepage.
Tax Fraud Protection
OTR’s enhanced security measures to safeguard tax dollars and combat identify theft/tax refund fraud may result in longer processing times for some tax returns and associated refunds. The processing window for selected tax returns could be up to 25 days.
Tax Filing Deadline
The deadline to file individual income tax returns is Tuesday, April 17, 2018. April 15 falls on a Sunday and OTR will be closed on Monday, April 16 in observance of Emancipation Day.
Assistance is available from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Walk-In Center: 1101 4th Street, SW, Suite W270
- Telephone Center: (202) 727-4TAX (4829)
- Email: Taxhelp@dc.gov