Paperless Option Will Be Available in MyTax.DC.gov Starting November

One of the many benefits of MyTax.DC.gov is the option to go paperless. Beginning in November, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will enable this feature that will allow taxpayers to access notices, letters and other communications via MyTax.DC.gov.

By opting to go paperless, taxpayers will receive correspondence from OTR quicker than by mail. They will have 24/7 access to all correspondence stored electronically within MyTax.DC.gov.  Additionally, taxpayers who opt-in to receive their notices electronically, will receive an email notification alerting them when there is a new notice available to view in their MyTax.DC.gov account.

The OTR will continue to mail notices that are mandated by law, even if taxpayers elect to receive paperless correspondence. Taxpayers can opt out of the paperless subscription at any time, which will result in receiving all paper notices via U.S. postal mail.

Stay tuned to the OTR blog for new updates and additional information.

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DC Office of Tax and Revenue to Hold Its 2017 Real Property Tax Sale Beginning Monday, July 17

The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) announced today that it will hold its annual public Tax Sale beginning Monday, July 17, 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, Room 250, Washington, DC 20024.

A list of more than 1200 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 today’s Washington Informer, Washington Times and Current 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, 2nd Floor, Room W250, Washington, DC 20024, on the following dates:

  • June 27: 9:30 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4:30 pm
  • June 28: 9:30 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4:30 pm

To register for a seminar, please visit the Customer Service Administration’s Walk-In Center, located at 1101 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Room W270, Washington, DC 20024.

Registration:

Registration for the Sale is mandatory and begins Monday, July 10, 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.

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

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Coming November 2017 in MyTax.DC.gov – Sales and Use Tax Filing

Last November, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) successfully completed phase two of its changeover to a new tax system which included Corporate and Unincorporated Franchise, Withholding, as well as the launch of its online portal, MyTax.DC.gov.

In November 2017, OTR will roll out the third phase of its changeover to a new system. In this migration, the following tax types will be brought over to MyTax.DC.gov from the current Electronic Taxpayer Service Center (eTSC):

Sales and Use Tax (includes bulk filings): 

  • FR-800A – Annual
  • FR-800Q –  Quarterly
  • FR-800M – Monthly

Specialized Sales Tax:

  • FR-800SM – Monthly

Sales and Use Tax Special Event:

  • FR-800SE

Street Vendors and Mobile Food Services Minimum Sales Tax:

  • FR-800V – Quarterly

Additional Changes to Sales and Use Tax Returns

The Sales and Use tax returns FR-800 (Monthly/Quarterly/Annual) will include a new column to report “Credit for Tax Refunded to Purchaser,” as well as a line to report “Exempt Sales.” These changes will create transparency and reduce errors on the returns.

Exemptions

Beginning in November 2017, organizations applying for an exemption from the District of Columbia Income and Franchise Tax, Sales and Use Tax and Personal Property Tax will be required to complete an online application and attach supporting documentation via MyTax.DC.gov. If the exemption is approved, OTR will issue an official certificate which will include an expiration date. Taxpayers must reapply for a new exemption prior to the expiration date on the certificate.

Special Events

Promoters will be required to register a qualifying special event and provide a preliminary vendor (50 or more) and exhibitor list through MyTax.DC.gov at least 30 days in advance of the event. Additionally, promoters will be required to provide a final vendor and exhibitor list within 10 days following the end of the event. Registration for special events will be accepted through a new online process only, beginning in November 2017. Promoters who fail to meet these obligations will be subject to a one time and daily penalty.

With the conversion of these tax types, District taxpayers will continue to see an improvement of self-service options and transparency.

Stay tuned to the OTR blog for new updates and additional information.

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OTR to Host Business Taxation Webinar June 22 at 1 p.m.

On Thursday, June 22, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue will host a webinar on business taxation. If you weren’t able to attend the Business Focus Group Forum in May, this event will serve as a great way to stay informed of all changes to Sales and Use taxes in the District.

Over the last few months during the second phase of the Modernized Integrated Tax System (MITS), the MyTax.DC.gov portal was introduced to taxpayers in efforts to increase transparency, reduce processing time, improve notices of account, and enhance fraud detection measures. 

In continuation of these efforts, Phase 3 will include a number of changes to Sales and Use tax and we’d like to share these changes with you in advance of implementation.

Attend next Thursday to learn what’s in store for business taxes in the District. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback.

>>>>Please register for the webinar via WebEx by clicking here<<<<<

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OTR Launches New Online Payment Agreement Application

The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) announced today that it is offering individual and business taxpayers the ability to apply for a payment agreement online to pay off tax debt owed to the District. The Online Payment Agreement is an internet application available on OTR’s portal, MyTax.DC.gov.

“This new tool is part of OTR’s commitment to improve and expand taxpayer services by providing additional online taxpayer options,” said Keith Richardson, deputy chief financial officer for the Office of Tax and Revenue. “This new process allows taxpayers or their authorized tax representatives a simple and convenient way to establish payment agreements while eliminating the need for paper forms, calls, and personal interaction with the OTR.” 

To be eligible for an online payment agreement, taxpayers must meet the following requirements:

  • Pay the full amount of the tax liability within 24 months
  • File all required tax returns not included in the payment agreement
  • Have not cancelled previous payment agreements
  • Does not have a business tax debt that exceeds $50,000

An online payment agreement allows taxpayers to pay any remaining balance due in monthly automatic ACH debit withdrawals from their checking or savings accounts. The OTR does not charge a fee for setting up the online agreement.

For additional information, please refer to the Payment Agreement User Guide/Tutorial,   the Payment Agreement Frequently Asked Questions, or call OTR’s Collections Division at (202) 724-5045.

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OTR Hosts Local Business Community Stakeholders

On Tuesday, May 16, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) hosted about 25 members of the local business community in a brief forum to discuss what’s in store for business taxation in the District.

As OTR strives for accountability and transparency, it’s important that we include our business taxpayers in the processes surrounding the implementation of the Modernized Integrated Tax System (MITS) and solicit their feedback along the way.

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MITS Program Manager, Thaddeus Russell, presented the policy and regulatory review as well as the compliance consideration and timeline for changes to many sales and use tax filing procedures, special event registrations, exemptions and more.

Additionally, the group was able to view proposed new features and updates within the MyTax.DC.gov portal:

  • 3rd Party Enhancements
  • Sales and Use Return Filing and Payment
  • Sales Tax Refund Request — FP331
  • Special Event Registration — FR500B
  • Exemption to File — FR164
  • Standard Payment Plans
  • Mobile Responsive Design

Please continue to look to the OTR blog for more on focus group opportunities, user guides, and general taxation information.

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OTR to Host District Business Forum Tuesday, May 16th

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., the Office of Tax and Revenue would like to invite District businesses to participate in a forum as the agency gears up to introduce the next phase of the Modernized Integrated Tax System (MITS). Over the last few months during the second phase of MITS, the MyTax.DC.gov portal was introduced to the taxpayers of the District in efforts to increase transparency, reduce processing time, improve notices of account, and enhance fraud detection measures.

In continuation of these efforts, Phase 3 will include a number of changes to Sales and Use tax and OTR would like to share these changes with the District’s business taxpayers and tax practitioners in advance of implementation.

Please come see and hear what’s in store for business taxation in the District and use the opportunity to give your valued feedback. The forum will be held at 1101 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024 in Suite 250. If you’re able to make it out to the event, please RSVP to CommunicationsOTR@dc.gov.

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