Homestead Status Examined

Property owners who receive a homestead deduction on property taxes should expect a letter from District officials, who are trying to confirm that recipients are eligible for the tax break. About 30,000 letters were mailed last week by the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR).

The agency has compiled a list of property owners that can be found online at www.dc.gov by clicking on "Taxpayer Services" and then "Real Property Taxes." Reconfirmation forms can be accessed and printed there if the letter has been lost or misplaced.

"We are continuously updating our database to ensure that our homestead eligibility list is up to date," said Herbert J. Huff, the District's deputy chief financial officer. "This is also an effort to enforce fair taxation, to combat tax fraud and to uphold our duty to protect District revenue."

For more information, call 202-727-4TAX (4829) from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Neighborhood Spending Outlined

After nearly a year of meetings between District residents and neighborhood planners, Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) is to disclose a blueprint for administration policies and budget priorities, neighborhood by neighborhood, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the ATrium of the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW.

Strategic Neighborhood Action Plans will also be released then. The Citywide Strategic Plan will detail the Williams administration's plans for each of the city's 39 neighborhood clusters.

The event is free and open to the public.

Business Licenses Update

District business taxpayers should look for letters from the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) about the new Master Business License. The approximately 95,000 letters will detail information about obtaining the license and include requirements and registration forms.

The one-page letters have been sent because some business owners are unaware of all requirements for the license, according to DCRA Director David A. Clark.

DCRA has also planned to make these letters available beginning next month at various locations around the city.

Those interested in information about the license should be advised that the D.C. Council has introduced legislation that, if enacted, would limit the number of businesses that would need to obtain it, according to a DCRA statement.

The legislation would increase the requirement for needing the license from the current level of $2,000 in gross receipts to $20,000 for all businesses.

For information, call 202-442-4400.

-- Compiled by Bruce C.T. Wright