District of Columbia Increase Sales Tax Rate and Authorizes Amnesty Program

There were several changes included in the District of Columbia’s Budget Support Emergency Act of 2009. Beginning October 1, 2009 and ending September 30, 2012, the general sales and use tax rate will increase from 5.75% to 6%. Also included was the Tax Compliance Emergency Act of 2009 which authorizes the Chief Financial Officer to establish an amnesty program to allow taxpayers liable to pay certain taxes on returns or reports. No dates have been set. The August tax holiday provision was repealed by the Sales Tax Applicability Act of 2009. (Act 18-187 (D.C.B. 18-409), Laws 2009, approved August 26, 2009, effective for a 90-day period expiring November 24, 2009)

Posted on September 2, 2009