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More Time Proposed for D.C. Assessment and Appeals

by Tom Branham, Washington D.C., June 2013

 

The Council of the District of Columbia is considering extending the timeline for assessment and appeals for large income-producing properties. The goal of the plan is to improve the accuracy of property tax assessments.

 

At the same time, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) is proposing its own schedule changes.

 

Bill 20-24

 

Councilman Jack Evans introduced Bill 20-24, the Major Real Property Assessment and Appeals Schedule Revision Act of 2013.

 

The Bill changes several important deadlines for highly-valued business real property. It moves up the deadline for filing income and expense statements so that valuations may take into account the prior year's information. At the same time, it moves back all other deadlines.

 

 

Present

Proposed

Commercial Assessment Notices Mailed

March 1

June 15

Filing Deadline for I & E Statements

April 15

April 1

First Level Appeal Deadline

April 1

July 15

Decision on First Level Appeals

August 1

August 31

Deadline to Request Second Level Appeal

September 15

October 15

 

OTR's Schedule

 

The Office of Tax and Revenue has developed a slightly different timeline proposal as outlined below:

 

 

Present

OTR's Recommendation

Commercial Assessment Notices Mailed

March 1

June 1

Filing Deadline for I & E Statements

April 15

March 15

First Level Appeal Deadline

April 1

July 1

Decision on First Level Appeals

August 1

September 15

Deadline to Request Second Level Appeal

September 15

November 1

 

If the D.C. Council approves either Bill 20-40 or the OTR's proposed schedule changes, they will take effect following approval by the Mayor and a 30-day period of Congressional review.