Reminder: OTR to Host QHTC Filers Webinar on Thursday, September 28

As a reminder, on Thursday, September 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will host a webinar to educate Qualified High Technology Companies (QHTC) taxpayers on its new filing requirements.

Effective November 1, 2017, OTR will implement a new online QHTC sales and use tax certification (QHTC-CERT) application process for sales tax accounts.  QHTC taxpayers will be required to complete an online application and attach all applicable documentation in support of the request for certification via OTR’s tax portal, MyTax.DC.gov.

We greatly value your opinions and insights. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback.

We look forward to your participation on Thursday, September 28.

Join by phone

1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Meeting Number (access code): 730 552 978

Meeting Password: 1234

Click here to join the online meeting.

*Please RSVP to CommunicationsOTR@dc.gov

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Computer System Changeover Starts 9 p.m. October 23 for Sales and Use and Street Vendor Filers

The third phase of the Office of Tax and Revenue’s (OTR) changeover to a new agency-wide computer system will begin at 9 p.m. October 23 and continue through October 31. These changes are being completed as OTR streamlines the process for businesses to file, pay and view their sales and use and street vendor taxes using MyTax.DC.gov.

Beginning November 1, MyTax.DC.gov replaces the Electronic Taxpayer Service Center (eTSC) for sales and use and street vendor filings. Taxpayers will no longer be able to file or pay sales and use taxes and street vendor taxes via eTSC.

Late filers must download the sales and use paper forms during the conversion period.

To learn more, visit MyTax.DC.gov or call (202) 759-1946.

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Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey or Irma

The Office of Tax and Revenue (“OTR”) will follow certain federal tax filing deadlines that have been extended until January 31, 2018 for victims of Hurricanes Harvey or Irma who reside in presidential disaster areas.

Who Qualifies for OTR Tax Relief?

The IRS extends relief to those who live in federal government-declared presidential disaster areas. The IRS has specifically granted relief for victims in certain counties of Texas for Hurricane Harvey and certain counties of Florida for Hurricane Irma. The affected Texas counties[1] and Florida counties[2] are listed below.

What Kind of Relief is Available?

Taxpayers who live or operate businesses in one of the disaster areas are granted the following relief:

  • For those taxpayers who are victims of Hurricane Harvey, tax returns payments, and other “time sensitive” acts originally due between August 23, 2017 and January 31, 2018, are extended until January 31, 2018.
  • For those taxpayers who are victims of Hurricane Irma, tax returns payments, and other “time sensitive” acts originally due between September 4, 2017 and January 31, 2018, are extended until January 31, 2018.
  • This will cover extended individual, partnership, corporate and unincorporated income tax returns due October 16, 2017, extended Combined Report returns due November 15, 2017, alcohol gallonage reports due September 10, 2017, and individual, corporation and unincorporated estimated tax payments.
  • This will not cover District sales and use tax returns or District withholding.
  • In addition to taxpayers who live or own businesses in a covered disaster area, taxpayers whose tax preparers, books, or records are located in the disaster area qualify for relief.

How to Claim the Relief.

Affected District taxpayers should write in bold letters at the top of the first page of the return claiming the relief “HURRICANE HARVEY OR IRMA RELIEF.”

For additional information or if you were a victim of Hurricane Harvey or Irma, who filed electronically and you were charged penalties and interest for late filing, please contact the OTR’s Customer Service Administration at (202) 759-1946.

[1] Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton

[2] Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Johns

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Upcoming Changes to DC’s Sales and Use Tax Filing Process

The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) reminds taxpayers of the upcoming changes to its sales and use tax process. Beginning in November 2017, taxpayers must file and pay the following sales and use tax returns via MyTax.DC.gov:

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.

Sales Tax Exemption

Also in November, organizations applying for a sales tax exemption 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 exemption expiration date on the certificate.

With the conversion of these tax types from the current Electronic Taxpayer Service Center (eTSC) to MyTax.DC.gov, 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 QHTC Filers Webinar on September 28

The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) is hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 28, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET to educate Qualified High Technology Companies (QHTC) taxpayers on its new filing requirements.

Effective November 1, 2017, OTR will implement a new online QHTC sales and use tax certification (QHTC-CERT) application process for sales tax accounts.  QHTC taxpayers will be required to complete an online application and attach all applicable documentation in support of the request for certification using OTR’s web portal, MyTax.DC.gov.

We greatly value your opinions and insights. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback.

We look forward to your participation on September 28th.

Join by phone

1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Meeting Number (access code): 730 552 978

Meeting Password: 1234

*Please RSVP to CommunicationsOTR@dc.gov.

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MyTax.DC.gov Going Mobile

Exciting News! Starting in November, MyTax.DC.gov will be accessible via mobile devices and tablets. Taxpayers who access the portal via their mobile devices will be able to sign into their MyTax.DC.gov accounts to view notices, make payments, and request to manage another taxpayer’s account.  Additionally, taxpayers can check the status of their refund, verify their tax returns using their return verification PIN, and make quick payments that do not require signing into their MyTax.DC.gov accounts. 

Currently, services such as filing taxes, account closures, online payment agreements and new tax account registrations are not supported in the mobile platform. Taxpayers will continue to use their computers to complete the aforementioned requests.

 

 

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

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OTR Provides Taxpayers With a New Option to Report Tax Fraud and Abuse; Referral Form D-3949A

In a continuing effort to ensure individuals and businesses comply with the District’s tax statutes, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) has established a new fraud referral form, Tax Fraud Information Referral D-3949A, for taxpayers and practitioners to report tax related activities that they believe are in violation of DC tax laws. 

The form can be used to report suspected illegal activity, such as:

  • Failure to file tax returns
  • Stolen refunds
  • Failure to pay or correctly report taxes
  • False Schedule H returns
  • Claiming of false dependents
  • Fraudulent DC employee withholding allowance certificate (Form D-4)
  • Fraudulent employer withholding tax statement (Form W-2)
  • Fraudulent returns and return preparation schemes
  • Erroneous claims for real property and tax abatement programs
  • Sale of Social Security numbers for dependents
  • Tax evasion activity
  • Unlicensed businesses
  • Unrecorded payments to employees
  • Unreported income
  • Inappropriate actions by Office of Tax and Revenue employees

The OTR’s Criminal Investigation Division, who operates the Tax Fraud Hotline, will no longer accept alleged tax law violation referrals over the phone.  Persons submitting reports can either provide their name or remain anonymous.

Click here to download a copy of form D-3949A

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