Mayor Gray and the Council have appointed 10 persons to the DC Tax Revision Commission which will be reporting back to the DC Council in mid-2013. A hearing for public witnesses was held at 4 pm,  Monday Dec. 3, in Room 412, 1101  4th St. SW.

Former Mayor Anthony Williams is Chair of the Commission.

The Commission has issued the following dates on which possible changes to various DC taxes will be considered:

Jan 7, 2013 – Tax abatements and tax expenditures (deductions and exemptions)

May 6, 2013 – Retail Sales Tax, including present exemptions of nonprofits

May 20, 2013 – Real Property Tax, residential and commercial

June 3, 2013 – Tax-exempt Nonprofits possibly paying “Payments-in-lieu-of taxes.”

June 3, 2013 – Property Tax Exceptions and Deductions

The DC Tax Revision Commission has a website,, which houses copies of research material, time schedule, statements by Commission members and testimony from the 14 witnesses at the Dec. 3 hearing in Southwest. Its address is W770, 1101 4th St. SW, Washington DC 20024 and telephone number 202-352-5513.

By Dale MacIver, former long-time editor of The Southwester.

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