DC Launches Tax Amnesty Program Today


The DC Tax Amnesty Program’s slogan, “Free Yourself of Tax Penalties,” sums up the Program’s main and perhaps only taxpayer benefit - the waiver of penalties (both civil and criminal). The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) recently announced that the Program will run from August 2, 2010, through September 30, 2010. During this relatively short time period, individuals, businesses, and other entities can pay DC tax liabilities without incurring civil or criminal penalties or fees, but any interest on the liability must be paid. The amnesty program applies to nearly every DC-imposed tax (except real property tax and the ballpark fee) to the extent they were delinquent prior to December 31, 2009.

The OTR plans to mail amnesty eligibility notices to the approximately 42,000 taxpayers shown in its records as having liabilities eligible for amnesty. Taxpayers who do not receive an amnesty bill can complete an amnesty application (available at www.dctaxamnesty.com) and any applicable return in order to participate.

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