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Tax Sale Begins July 15 for District Properties with Unpaid Taxes

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) announced today that it will hold its annual public Tax Sale Monday, July 15 thru Wednesday, July 17, from 8:30 am until 12 noon and from 1 pm until 4 pm, or until all properties advertised are sold. The sale will be held at 1101 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Room W250, Washington, DC 20024.

This year, more than 4,400 properties will be auctioned, representing $38.2 million in commercial and residential real property tax liens for which property taxes were in arrears on October 1. Property owners with unpaid taxes have until the date of the auction to pay any taxes due and avoid having their properties sold.

A list of all properties by parcel, square, suffix, and lot number, with the name of the owner of record and the unpaid tax amount, is advertised in today’s Current Newspapers and on OTR’s website. In addition, the properties will also be advertised in the Washington Times and Washington Informer on June 20.

Mandatory registration for the sale begins Monday, July 8, and continues until the final day of the sale. To register, prospective bidders must make a deposit of at least 20 percent of their total bid and a $200 Tax Sale fee will be added to each property at the time of the sale. Purchasers are also required to complete Form FR-500, Combined Business Tax Registration Application, prior to registering.

OTR will conduct four public seminars to explain the Tax Sale procedures to prospective bidders. The seminars will be conducted at 1101 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Training Room 1, Washington, DC 20024, on the following dates:

  • June 25:   9:30 am to Noon and 2 pm to 4:30 pm
  • June 26:   9:30 am to Noon and 2 pm to 4:30 pm

For more information on the Tax Sale process, call (202) 727-4TAX or visit OTR’s Customer Service Center at 1101 4th Street, SW.