2022-2024

DC Tax Revision
Commission

Appointed by the DC Council and the Mayor, we are an independent body that will provide recommendations for improving the DC tax code.

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Draft Chairman's Mark

The Commission has published its DRAFT package of recommendations, called the Chairman's Mark. Over the next few months, the Commission will consider revisions and amendments.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments and written statements on the Draft Chairman's Mark.

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Upcoming Events

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What we do

Over the last year and a half, we have been hearing from tax experts, economists, government officials and members of the public about what's wrong with the DC tax policy—and how to better align it with the city's values and shifting economic base.

Research tax policy

Our staff and consultants have been sifting through best practices in tax policy and penciling out innovative ideas.

Expert briefings

We invite experts to brief the Commission.

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Guiding Principles

A broader, resilient tax base for a post-COVID economy
Progressivity and racial equity
Economic efficiency and competitiveness
Simple, open, and fair administrative processes
Public participation

All TRC meetings are open to the public. We invite online submissions and have held in-person town halls.

Lines of communication

We want to stay in touch with you. Sign up at the bottom of the page for our meeting announcements.

Recommendations

We will submit our slate of recommendations to the DC Council in early 2024.

How to engage

Tell us what you think.

1
Comments

We welcome all ideas for improving the DC tax code. Comments will be posted to this website and presented to the Commission.

2
Written Statements

We invite individuals and organizations to submit formal 1-3 page statements for the public record. They will be posted on this website.

3
Town Halls

We held an in-person Town Hall on Nov 6th. Check back for information about future town halls that may be scheduled.

Latest resources

Backgrounder
Business Activity Tax (BAT) options
January 2024

The BAT would be a value-added tax on the business activity of for-profit firms with economic presence in the District. This memorandum explains the proposal in more detail, including revenue implications and how it might affect some hypothetical firms.

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Expert Presentation
Tax Policy Changes Aimed at Middle-Income Households
July 2023

By Richard Auxier

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Expert Presentation
What Tax Data Can Tell Us About Population Changes in the District of Columbia
July 2023

By Dr. Kim Rueben

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Expert Presentation
Millionaire Migration and the Taxation of Top Incomes
July 2023

By Dr. Cristobal Young

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Backgrounder
Business Activity Tax (BAT) options
January 2024

The BAT would be a value-added tax on the business activity of for-profit firms with economic presence in the District. This memorandum explains the proposal in more detail, including revenue implications and how it might affect some hypothetical firms.

Read more
Backgrounder
Business Franchise Taxes
February 2023

Business franchise taxes include a tax on corporations’ profits, based largely on the federal corporate income tax, and a separate tax on unincorporated businesses. These two taxes are the city's fifth and sixth largest tax revenue sources. The business franchise tax has been an increasing source of tax revenue.

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Backgrounder
The Individual Income Tax
January 2023

The individual income tax (IIT, sometimes known as personal income tax) is the city's largest single revenue source. It is also the fastest-growing and most progressive major revenue source.

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Backgrounder
Changes in the District since the 2013 Tax Revision Commission
January 2023

Since the last DC Tax Revision Commission in 2012-2013, the District has enacted significant tax changes. Here is an overview of what changed in our tax system.

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Expert Presentation
Tax Policy Changes Aimed at Middle-Income Households
July 2023

By Richard Auxier

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Expert Presentation
What Tax Data Can Tell Us About Population Changes in the District of Columbia
July 2023

By Dr. Kim Rueben

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Expert Presentation
Millionaire Migration and the Taxation of Top Incomes
July 2023

By Dr. Cristobal Young

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Expert Presentation
Strengthening Property Tax Relief in DC
June 2023

By Adam Langley

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Research
Potential Priority Research Projects
February 2023

Discussion Draft for TRC Reports and/or Presentations

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Research
List of Policy Options for Potential Consideration
February 2023

Draft of the TRC's running list of tax reform ideas

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Other
February 2023 DC Tax Revenue Estimate
February 2023

Produced by the District's Chief Financial Officer

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Other
Latest DC Cash Collection Report
April 2022

Each month, the OCFO publishes a report of cash collections by the District government.

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Other
National 2020 Tax Burden Study
April 2022

Comparison of tax Rates and tax burdens between DC and the rest of the country

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Other
Latest Economic and Revenue Trend Report
March 2022

Key DC econoic indicators from the OTR's office

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§ 47–462. Tax Revision Commission — Established; submission of recommendations. | DC Law Library