Tax Spotlight

Revenue: Where DC Gets Its Money


Revenue: Where DC Gets Its Money, details how and where the District gets its revenue to pay for everything from library books, to teacher salaries, to health care for lower-income residents. Our new and improved revenue primer also compares key DC taxes to those levied in surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Along with our recently […]


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DC Leaders: Don’t Govern with Your Hands Tied!


It’s time to pause restrictive fiscal policies limiting DC’s response to important needs. Our sign on letter of over 60 organizations urges elected officials to untie DC’s hands and create the fiscal flexibility the District needs to meet unprecedented, urgent needs. See the sign on letter here: Untie DC’s Hands Sign-on Winter/ Spring 2017 Want to join the […]


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DC Homeowners Pay the Lowest Property Taxes in the Region


Homeowners in the District have the lowest property taxes in comparison to its four adjacent counties: Fairfax, Arlington, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties. While middle- and high-income DC residents typically own homes that are worth more than homeowners in most of the suburban jurisdictions, tax bills in the District are far lower, often by more […]


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Avoiding The Marriage Penalty: The District’s Rate Structure May Do More Harm Than Good


Most state income tax systems — and the federal income tax system — apply their tax rates differently to different family types. This is done in part to avoid a “marriage penalty” that could lead to higher taxes on a married couple than they would have paid as two single filers. The most common way […]


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Policy Basics
— DC Earned Income Tax Credit (ETIC)

DC Homeowner and Renter Property Tax Credit (Schedule H)