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Discount Tax Sale Postponed Until March

The Office of Tax and Revenue ("OTR") provides notice that the Real Property Discount Tax Sale scheduled to occur on Monday, January 25, 2016, is postponed. The Real Property Discount Tax Sale is cancelled due to the impending blizzard to occur this weekend.
OTR anticipates that the Real Property Discount Tax Sale will be rescheduled to occur in March 2016.  Notice of such new date will be provided in via selected newspapers and on our Web site at least 30 days in advance.  Bidders who have made deposits may request refunds to the Tax Sale Unit.  Otherwise, bidders may leave their deposits on account to be applied to the anticipated, re-scheduled Real Property Discount Tax Sale and if so re-registration will not be required.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Discount Tax Sale

Notice is hereby given that all real properties, which were bid back to the District of Columbia during the July 2015 Real Property Tax Sale and were not sold at the subsequent special deed sale and have not been redeemed, will be offered for sale by the Office of Tax and Revenue (“OTR”) to the highest bidder at public auction (“Discount Sale”). The Discount Sale will be conducted pursuant to DC Official Code § 47-1353(b), which permits OTR to sell a real property for less than the total amount of delinquent taxes.

The Discount Sale will begin on January 25, 2016, from 8:30 am until 12 pm and from 1 pm until 4:30 pm, and will continue every day thereafter (legal holidays excepted) at the stated times until all real properties are sold.  The sale will occur at 1101 4th Street, SW, Suite W250, Washington, DC. A list of all real properties arranged in ascending square, suffix, and lot, and parcel and lot, number order may be found on OTR’s website www.taxpayerservicecenter.com by clicking on “Real Property” and then “Real Property Tax Sale.”  The name of the owner of record of each real property is stated. The specific amount of delinquent real property tax is indicated for each specified period (delinquent special assessments may be viewed in the real property assessment database search page of this Web site). Certain real properties on this list do not have street addresses; therefore, none can be provided.  A real property without a street address is generally stated on this list as having a “0” as a street address number.  The best description of a real property typically is its square, suffix and lot, or parcel and lot, numbers, viewed on a property map (e.g. DC Atlas Plus, found at atlasplus.dcgis.dc.gov).  Real properties may be removed from this list at the discretion of OTR.

At the Discount Sale, the opening bid for each real property will be $300, regardless of the amount of delinquent taxes owing by the real property.  Each real property will be sold to the highest bidder.  After successfully foreclosing the right of redemption in the Superior Court, and after having paid all taxes and liabilities becoming liens after January 22, 2016, the successful purchaser will be awarded a tax deed to the respective real property. The real property will be free and clear of all prior taxes owing by the real property to a District taxing agency.  A purchaser at the Discount Sale acts at his or her own risk, and must exercise due diligence in selecting real properties upon which to bid.

After the Discount Sale, a listing of successful purchasers, the corresponding real property descriptions, the total amounts of taxes owing for which the real properties were sold, and the purchase amounts shall be published on OTR’s website at www.taxpayerservicecenter.com.  The purchaser shall monitor tax payment schedules provided by OTR on its Web site, and shall surrender the certificate of sale to receive a refund if the real property taxes, vault rents, BID taxes, liens certified pursuant to DC Code § 47-1340, and fees and charges payable to OTR on account of the real property are paid.

Registration for the Discount Sale, which is mandatory, begins January 19, 2016 and continues until all the real properties are sold. The registration form must be completed and filed with OTR.  To register, visit OTR’s Customer Service Administration – Walk-In Center at: 1101 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC. Prior to bidding on a real property at the Discount Sale, a purchaser must have made a deposit with the Cashier’s Office of the D.C. Treasurer of at least 20% of the real property’s purchase price. Purchasers are also required to complete Form FR-500, Combined Business Tax Registration Application, prior to registering. This form can be found on OTR’s website (taxpayerservicecenter.com) under “Tax Forms/Publications.”

Payment of the entire bid amount is due by February 2, 2016 (date of conclusion of the sale).  If final payment is not timely received, the sale of the real property will be voided. ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE TO THE DC TREASURER BY CASH, CERTIFIED CHECK, CASHIER’S CHECK, OR POSTAL MONEY ORDER. (PERSONAL AND BUSINESS CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED). The Cashier’s Office of the DC Treasurer is located at: 1101 4th Street, SW, 1st Floor, Washington, DC 20024.  The Cashier’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 am to 4:30 pm.

OTR will conduct a public seminar to explain tax sale procedures.  The seminar will be held at 1101 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor – Room W250, Washington, DC 20024, on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. The seminar will take place from 9:30 am until 12 pm. During the seminar, OTR will explain the entire sale process and follow-up with a question and answer period. OTR strongly encourages all potential purchasers to attend the seminar; it is free and all are welcome. To enroll in the seminar, please call OTR at (202) 727-4TAX (4829), or visit its Customer Service Center at 1101 4th Street, SW.

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