Frequently Asked Questions
What is a property assessment? What is market value?
An assessment is the estimated market value of your property. Market value is the most probable price for which you can sell your property given normal terms and conditions of sale. For more information on the assessment process, click here.
Is this assessment a tax?
No, the assessment notice is the estimated market value of your property. It is the basis for the calculation of your tax bill. The Council of the District of Columbia annually sets the rate of taxation for each class of property. Taxes are calculated by multiplying the tax rate times the assessed value.
How often is my property reassessed?
The District of Columbia currently uses an annual assessment cycle. This means that all real property may be valued for property tax purposes annually. Property owners are notified of any change in their assessment. For more information on the real property assessment process, click here.
What phone number can I call to speak to my assessor?
The phone number is listed on your assessment notice, or you may call the Office of Tax and Revenue Customer Service Center at (202) 727-4TAX between the hours of 8:15 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
What can I do if I believe my assessment is incorrect?
You should file an appeal immediately. Your appeal must
be filed on or before April 1. An appeal form is attached to your real property assessment. For more information on the assessment appeal process, click here.
When should I file my appeal?
If you decide to appeal, please file immediately. This will provide the Assessment Administration time to properly investigate your case. However, your appeal must be filed on or before April 1.
Who should I address questions to regarding my assessment?
You should contact the Office of Tax and Revenue at (202) 727-4TAX. If you contact the Office of the Chief Financial Officer or a member of the DC Council or anyone outside of the Office of Tax and Revenue, your inquiry will be referred to the Office of Tax and Revenue. By contacting the Office of Tax and Revenue first, you will expedite resolution of your issue.
Can I appoint an agent to represent me in an appeal?
Yes. However, the Assessment Administration requires a signed statement of agency. For real property forms, click here.
How can I be certain my concerns will be addressed?
If you do not believe an assessor assigned to your property has given your arguments adequate consideration, ask to speak with his/her supervisor. It is the policy of the Assessment Administration to carefully consider all property owner concerns. You can also direct your questions or comments to the DC Assessor.
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