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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.

Cases may be initiated electronically by completing the eFile Case Initiation Spreadsheet, or by bringing a petition in person to the Tax Division office. A judge will be assigned and staff will assist with initial service on the District’s Office of Attorney General and Office of Tax and Revenue.

For a link to the eFile Case Initiation Spreadsheet and additional information on filing a case electronically, please click here.

For additional information on and to register with CaseFileXpress, please click here.

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.