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Update to Renewal Process for Exempt Status in DC

Tax-exempt organizations no longer are required to submit an affirmation letter of federal exempt status to the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (DC OTR) when renewing their DC tax-exempt status if they previously submitted a determination letter from the IRS.

On January 1, 2019, the DC OTR had mandated that all tax-exempt organizations in the District renew their exempt status every five years or else lose their exempt status. As part of the renewal process, the DC OTR required that tax-exempt organizations provide a letter from the IRS affirming their federal tax-exempt status, but the requirement for the affirmation letter has since been removed.

To renew the tax-exempt status, organizations still must complete Form FR-164, Application for Exemption, by logging into the DC OTR website, mytax.dc.gov.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns regarding this new exemption renewal process. If you are in need of assistance with the new online FR-164 exemption application, OTR’s e-Services Unit is also available by calling (202) 759-1946 or emailing e-services.otr@dc.gov.

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