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Filing a Tax Petition

Property owners, a duly authorized agent of a property owner, or those with a demonstrated interest in a property (such as a lessee) have the right to appeal an assessment by the District of Columbia. All appeals must begin by discussing the basis of the assessment with the assigned assessor. The second step is a review by the Board of Real Property Assessment and Appeals within the Office of Tax and Revenue (BRPAA). Finally, if the property owner or party with an interest is not satisfied after a BRPAA hearing, an appeal may be filed at the Superior Court.

For additional information on the Office of Tax and Revenue, including how to initiate the first and second steps of appeal with the BRPAA, please click here.

Attorneys must file new Civil Tax cases electronically through eFileDC. Parties who are not represented by counsel may choose to eFile their petition, or may file the petition in person at the Tax Division. Once a petition is accepted, a judge will be assigned and Tax Division staff will serve the District's Office of Attorney General and Office of Tax and Revenue.

For more information on starting a case electronically or to register with eFileDC, click here