The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) has mailed 9,000 Homestead deductions and senior citizen tax relief audit and reconfirmation letters to property owners to confirm eligibility of the tax relief programs. All properties with the benefits will be verified within a three to five-year period.
Property owners receiving the letters will be required to complete the Homestead Reconfirmation form and provide OTR with documentation that substantiates their eligibility by September 30. If the property owner fails to prove that his or her home is their principal residence and that they are domiciled in the District of Columbia, the tax benefits associated with the property may be removed. The property owner will also be liable for back taxes, interest and penalty for the periods that the property was not eligible for the benefits.
For more information about the Homestead Deduction and/or senior citizen tax relief programs, property owners should visit the Real Property Service Center or call OTR’s Customer Service Center at (202) 727-4TAX (4829) or via email at [email protected].