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Tax Assessors to Descend on Capitol Hill Homes

by Andrew Ramonas — June 4, 2015 at 10:55 am 14 Comments

Neighborhoods tax assessors plan to visit (Image via D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue)

Thousands of Capitol Hill-area homes could get a visit from District tax officials this summer.

The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue is conducting property assessments throughout most of Ward 6, including Hill East, Near Northeast and Navy Yard, the agency announced yesterday. About 15,000 houses are in the area, according to NBC Washington.

The inspections start today and will run through Aug. 27.

The tax officials will examine the outside of Capitol Hill-area houses as part of their assessments. But they also can ask to come inside.

Residents can decline an indoor inspection. Assessors cannot enter homes without permission from residents or an adult present.

The tax officials are required to present credentials when they visit and locals can confirm assessors’ employment by calling 202-442-6760.

“We are always working to improve the accuracy of our assessment process,” D.C. Deputy Chief Financial Officer Stephen Cordi said in a statement. “These inspections allow us to validate our assessment data and maintain an equitable property tax system for the District.”

Image via D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue

  • Paying the Fair Share

    Fair & Equitable !!!!

    • CapHill

      I am not sure how to take that… Are you
      saying that residents that have lived in Ward 6 for years should finally
      have their taxes jacked up so they are forced to leave? Fair Equitable & Paying the Fair Share?

      • anon

        the 10% is a cap on annual increases, but given market activity in recent years it likely has not kept up. Home that sell can use sale data in determining value, but homes with longstanding owners are likely inaccurately assessed.
        What I really want to know is why this is limited to Ward 6? Shouldn’t this be happening everywhere?

        • CapHill

          Your right they do cap. Just trying to figure out what they were “fighting for”

          From my experience of fighting an increase, it is done every 4-5 years in certain areas (so it is time for ward
          6). We had someone knock on our door in
          2010 and ended up fighting the increase only because when we looked online at
          assessments all of our neighbors (within a few blocks) went down and ours went
          up…considerably. In our hearing they acknowledged that was the case…

          • CapHiller

            Dirty little secret about the “cap” — the uncapped amount is used as the base for the next year’s assessment and so on, so you only escape the effect of the higher than 10% assessment for one year.

          • Paying the Fair Share

            No, not exactly. The cap restricts your taxable assessment to 10% increases each year until you reach market value. So your taxable assessment can only go up 10% over the prior year’s taxable assessment, and so on.

      • RDnDC

        Is 10% still in effect? Legislation limiting increases to in-place homeowners with homestead exemption goes back to Mayor Fenty administration. 2002 is when we bought in, seems our annual property tax increases have been max at 10% even though assessed value has shot to the sky. I hope the protection is still there.
        It’s the new homebuyers that are hit the hardest with property taxes, buy high, pay high. Folks who convert from owner occupant to landlord of rental on same property could be subject to higher tax amounts.

  • Curious

    I’m just curious if there is a benefit to letting them in the house or if is more beneficial to deny them entry.

    • soprano116

      You are not required to let them in, and it is probably in your best interest not to, especially if you’ve done any renovations to your home.

  • John Nugent

    Well after two consecutive 10% increases, I’m dreading the next round of “how much can we over-inflate his assessment this time?”

  • CapHiller

    After two consecutive increases over 10%, I dread the results of the next game of “How much can we raise his assessment until he is forced to move out?”

  • me

    It seems like the assessors constantly revisit the same properties, where they have information because of cooperative owners. Meanwhile, other comparable properties in the same area may have very different assessments. This is unfair. It would be good if the office would look at homes that have unusually low assessment per square foot compared to others in the neighborhood and target those ones first, for a change.

  • Little old lady in a shoe

    never let a vampire into your home. no good comes of it

  • adevlin

    Knocking on doors on s carolina ave today – 9/2/15

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