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District of Columbia to Make Changes to 2017 Withholding Forms and Requirements

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) is making changes to its withholding filing requirements and tax returns for the 2017 filing year. To reduce burden for withholding filers, we are more closely aligning with the federal 941 process.

Going forward, taxpayers who file the Employer/Payor Withholding Tax Monthly Return, FR900M will not be required to file monthly withholding tax returns. However, they will be required to file the new Quarterly return, FR900Q. Monthly Payment due dates will continue as today, the 20th of the following month.

Another change will be the option to bulk file using FR900Q which wasn’t an option previously.

To withhold income taxes for the District of Columbia, taxpayers must be registered with OTR. Those entities that are not registered, can file the FR-500 Combined Business Tax Registration Application online at http://otr.cfo.dc.gov/page/new-business-registration.

Another key feature is a new standalone annual (Non-Payroll) return, FR900NP. This new component is in alignment with the Federal regulations, IRS Form 945, and can be filed on-line through the new tax portal, MyTax.DC. Examples of Non-Payroll only taxpayers are financial institutions making 401K or pension distributions.

There are no changes to the 2016 FR900A and FR900B for the 2016 filing year.

Stay tuned for further updates.