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District of Columbia Extends Real Property Tax Appeal Deadline

Tax Development Mar 24, 2021

District of Columbia Extends Real Property Tax Appeal Deadline

In a continued effort to assist commercial real estate owners who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) is extending the deadline for taxpayers who wish to appeal their tax year 2022 real property tax assessments (value date January 1, 2021). As we previously highlighted in this recent tax development, it is imperative that taxpayers file a protective appeal of their tax year 2022 assessment as well as an income and expense (I&E) report reflecting calendar year 2020 operations. Noncompliance and incomplete submissions are subject to a penalty equal to 10% of the real property taxes due for that tax year. 

There have been many issues with the newly implemented online tax system. Taxpayers have reported problems obtaining confirmation of filing for assessment appeals, difficulty saving drafts of I&E forms, and the inability to access the Mixed-Use Declaration forms.

Required Action

 Extended Deadline

First-Level Assessment Appeals (TY 2022) 

April 15, 2021

I&E Report and Supporting Documents

May 17, 2021

Please note that the first half tax year 2021 real property tax payment deadline will remain March 31, 2021. There are currently some 7,000 tax bills that are on delayed billing because of outstanding or unprocessed decisions by the Real Property Tax Appeals Commission (RPTAC). These decisions were to be issued by February 1, 2021, which would have allowed OTR time to process any changes in assessed value. Unfortunately, because of staffing issues and COVID-19, many decisions for commercial properties are still outstanding.

All filers must submit their real property tax forms electronically at The experts at Ryan can help you navigate an increasingly difficult process to ensure you avoid penalties and minimize your tax liability. Please reach out if you have any questions or if you need assistance.


Cutchin Powell

Steve Thompson

Grant Steinhauser
Senior Manager

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