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OTR Streamlines Homestead Deduction and Senior Citizen or Disabled Tax Relief Application

Monday, April 18, 2011

(Washington, DC) - The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) announced today that it has revised the Homestead Deduction and Senior Citizen or Disabled Tax Relief application to streamline processing for homeowners.  With this new revised application, homeowners are not required to provide supporting documents when submitting the application. OTR will audit all applications for accuracy.

Effective May 2, 2011, OTR will no longer accept outdated applications. Outdated applications will be returned to the applicant.  Homeowners are encouraged to complete the application at settlement and have the settlement company file the application on their behalf.

The Homestead deduction reduces a real property’s assessed value by $75,700 prior to computing the yearly tax liability. The senior citizen or disabled tax relief reduces the tax bill by 50 percent.

Owners of properties receiving these tax benefits are responsible for notifying OTR when eligibility ceases. Written notice, including the square and lot of the property, or a completed Homestead cancellation form, must be sent within 30 days of a change in ownership or owner-occupancy status.

The newly revised application and the Homestead cancellation form are available on OTR’s Web site under “Tax Forms/Publications.