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The DC Code: § 47-845.01 Tax deferral--Bureau of National Affairs.

Index47 Taxation, Licensing, Permits, Assessments, and Fees. (Refs & Annos)
a
Notwithstanding any other law or regulation, the Mayor may enter into an agreement with The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. ("BNA"), and BNA Washington, Inc. ("BNAW"), to defer, up to 10 years, any real property tax liability on property located on Lot 109 and Lot 883 of Square 24, popularly known as 1227-1231 25th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., or any property in the District of Columbia acquired for headquarters and principal operations as an addition to, or substitute for, the 25th Street address during the term of any deferral agreement.
b
The Mayor is authorized to enter into a written agreement ("Agreement") with BNA and BNAW on such terms and conditions as the Mayor deems to be in the best interest of the District, the purpose of which is to provide BNA and BNAW with incentives to continue their current occupancy and usage of the real property specified in subsection (a) of this section, or any similar District property substituted therefor, for which real property tax relief is to be granted and in which BNA and BNAW maintain their headquarters and principal operations, including, but not limited to, production, editorial, home office sales, and home office operations, and to expand their business operation by committing to the lease or purchase of an additional 95,000 square feet of office space in the District of Columbia.
c
The amount of real property tax owed during an approved deferment period shall not constitute delinquent taxes nor shall BNA and BNAW be assessed any interest or penalty for the deferment period. The deferral shall be prospective and shall apply only to the specified tax years.
d
Taxes, including penalty and interest thereon, deferred under this section shall constitute a preferential lien upon the real property which shall be payable immediately by the seller, transferor, or conveyor whenever the real property is sold, transferred, or conveyed in any manner, to an entity other than BNAW or a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNA or whenever additional co-owners (other than BNA or a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNA) are added to the real property.
e
In no event shall the deferral granted pursuant to this section be transferable.
f
As a condition to the grant of tax benefits under this section, BNA and BNAW shall submit to the Mayor by March 31st of each tax year an affidavit, signed under penalty of perjury. The affidavit shall contain the following averments or documentation of same establishing that after reasonable investigation, the undersigned have determined that BNA and BNAW:
1
Have met and intend to continue to meet the requirements applicable to the receipt of the real property tax deferral pursuant to the Agreement;
2
Are in compliance with the terms of all public benefit agreements entered into with the District;
3
Have recorded as an obligation all unpaid taxes on the subject property in their financial statements;
4
Are not now receiving and do not now have pending any other application for forgiveness of the obligation to pay any taxes, or for the abatement of real property tax liability imposed by the District, except as provided in § 47- 825.01 and subsection (i) of this section;
5
Are not delinquent in the payment of taxes, assessments, fees, or other indebtedness to the District; and
6
Are not in violation of the laws and regulations of the District.
g
The Mayor shall make an annual determination of the compliance by BNA and BNAW with the requirements of this section and the Agreement under this section.
1
If the Mayor determines that BNA and BNAW are in compliance, the Mayor shall issue to BNA and BNAW and to the Director of the Department of Finance and Revenue ("Director") a certificate of compliance.
2
If the Mayor determines that BNA and BNAW are not in compliance, and after the Mayor gives to BNA and BNAW written notice and a reasonable time to cure the noncompliance or default and BNA and BNAW fail to cure the noncompliance or default, the Mayor shall issue to BNA and BNAW and to the Director a certificate of noncompliance and shall direct that BNA and BNAW be billed for the assessment based on the accumulated tax liability as if the deferment had not been approved. The Mayor may waive, in whole or in part, interest and penalties, when, in his or her judgment, such waiver would be in the public interest.
h
Any assessment pursuant to a determination of noncompliance shall be due and payable by March 31st following the end of the tax year in which the certificate of noncompliance was issued.
i
(1) If BNA and BNAW are aggrieved by any assessment of accumulated real property tax, penalty, and interest on real property owned by BNA or BNAW covered by the Agreement and this section, BNA and BNAW may appeal from the assessment in the same manner and to the same extent as provided in § 47- 825.01 and in §§ 47-3303 and 47-3304; provided, however, that the deferred real property taxes need not first be paid.
2
At the termination of the 10-year deferral period, BNA and BNAW shall be responsible for the payment of the deferred real property tax notwithstanding the pendency of any administrative or judicial challenge to a real property tax levy or assessment.
j
The Mayor is authorized to develop the necessary forms and procedures, and to promulgate regulations, necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 47-845.1. Temporary Amendments of Section For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2, 4, 5, 6 of BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Temporary Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Law 12-18, September 12, 1997, law notification 44 DCR 5460). For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 901 of Fiscal Year 1998 Revised Budget Support Temporary Act of 1997 (D.C. Law 12-59, March 20, 1998, law notification 45 DCR 2094). For temporary (225 day) repeal of D.C. Law 11-250, §§ 4 and 5, see § 3 of Real Property Tax Clarity and Liter Control Administration Temporary Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Law 14-8, June 13, 2001, law notification 48 DCR 5916). Temporary Addition of Section For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 2 of BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Temporary Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Law 11-219, April 9, 1997, law notification 44 DCR 2577). Emergency Act Amendments For temporary addition of section, see § 2 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-365, August 15, 1996, 43 DCR 4588), § 2 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-440, December 5, 1996, 44 DCR 6658), § 2 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-475, December 30, 1996, 44 DCR 200), and § 2 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary requirement that the Mayor submit to the Council proposed legislation to establish comprehensive standards for the provision of incentives by the District government to maintain existing employers in the District and to attract new employers, see § 4 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-440, December 5, 1996, 44 DCR 6658) and § 4 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary requirement that the Mayor not reduce or deter tax liability should the Mayor fail to submit proposed legislation to establish comprehensive standards to maintain existing employers in the District and to attract new employers, see § 5 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-440, December 5, 1996, 44 DCR 6658), and § 5 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary application of the provisions of D.C. Act 11-440 to the tax year beginning October 1, 1996, and ending September 30, 1997, and for each tax year thereafter through September 30, 1997, see § 7 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-440, December 5, 1996, 44 DCR 6658). For temporary repeal of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-440, December 5, 1996), see § 8(a) of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-475, December 30, 1996, 44 DCR 200), see § 8(b) of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-475, December 30, 1996, 44 DCR 200), and § 9(a) of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary repeal of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Temporary Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-433, October 18, 1996, 43 DCR 6176), see § 9(b) of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary amendment of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-514), see § 6 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary addition of section, see § 2 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-365, August 15, 1996, 43 DCR 4588), § 2 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-440, December 5, 1996, 44 DCR 6658), § 2 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-475, December 30, 1996, 44 DCR 200), and § 2 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary requirement that the Mayor submit to the Council proposed legislation to establish comprehensive standards for the provision of incentives by the District government to maintain existing employers in the District and to attract new employers, see § 4 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-440, December 5, 1996, 44 DCR 6658) and § 4 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary requirement that the Mayor not reduce or deter tax liability should the Mayor fail to submit proposed legislation to establish comprehensive standards to maintain existing employers in the District and to attract new employers, see § 5 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-440, December 5, 1996, 44 DCR 6658), and § 5 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary repeal of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-440, December 5, 1996), see § 8(a) of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-475, December 30, 1996, 44 DCR 200), see § 8(b) of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-475, December 30, 1996, 44 DCR 200), and § 9(a) of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary repeal of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Temporary Amendment Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-433, October 18, 1996, 43 DCR 6176), see § 9(b) of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-53, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2209). For temporary amendment of section, see § 2 of the BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-103, July 2, 1997, 44 DCR 4199). For temporary amendment of §§ 4 and 5 of D.C. Law 11-250, see § 901 of the Fiscal Year 1998 Revised Budget Support Emergency Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-152, October 17, 1997, 44 DCR 6196), and see § 901 of the Fiscal Year 1998 Revised Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-239, January 13, 1998, 45 DCR 508). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3 of Real Property Tax Clarity and Litter Control Administration Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14- 22, March 16, 2001, 48 DCR 2706). Legislative History of Laws Law 11-250, the "BNA Washington, Inc., Real Property Tax Deferral Amendment Act of 1996," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 11-818, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 7, 1996, and December 3, 1996, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on December 24, 1996, it was assigned Act No. 11-514 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 11-250 became effective on April 9, 1997. Law 12-60, the "Fiscal Year 1998 Revised Budget Support Act of 1998," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 12-353, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on September 8, 1997, and October 7, 1997, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on October 24, 1997, it was assigned Act No. 12-191 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 12-60 became effective on March 20, 1998. Law 12-81, the "Technical Amendments Act of 1998," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 12-408, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 4, 1997, and December 4, 1997, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on December 22, 1997, it was assigned Act No. 12-246 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 12-81 became effective on March 24, 1998. References in Text Pursuant to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer's "Notice of Public Interest" published in the April 18, 1997, issue of the District of Columbia Register (44 DCR 2345) the Office of Tax and Revenue assumed all of the duties and functions previously performed by the Department of Finance and Revenue, as set forth in Commissioner's Order 69-96, dated March 7, 1969. This action was made effective January 22, 1997, nunc pro tunc. Miscellaneous Notes Application of Law 11-250: Section 7 of D.C. Law 11-250 provided that the provisions of the act shall apply to the tax year beginning October 1, 1996, and ending September 30, 1997, and for each tax year thereafter through September 30, 2007. Proposed economic development incentives legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-250, as amended by § 901(a) of D.C. Law 12-60, provides that the Mayor shall submit to the Council, not later than September 16, 1997, proposed legislation to establish comprehensive standards for the provision of incentives by the District government to maintain existing employers in the District and to attract new employers to the District. Section 5 of D.C. Law 11-250, as amended by § 901(b) of D.C. Law 12-60, provides that if the Mayor does not submit the proposed legislation outlined in § 4 of the act, the Mayor shall not reduce or defer the tax liability, including interest and penalties, or negotiate, or enter into, an agreement for the reduction or deferment of any tax liability, including interest and penalties, of any taxpayer liable to the District for the payment of any tax. Section 5 also provides that if the Mayor does not submit the proposed legislation, one position in the Office of the Assistant City Administrator for Economic Development shall be abolished. Section 503 of D.C. Law 13-305 provides: "Sec. 503. Repealer relating to real property tax assessments. "Sections 4 and 5 of the BNA Washington Inc. Real Property Tax Deferral Amendment Act of 1996, effective April 9, 1997 (D.C. Law 11-250; 44 DCR 1253), are repealed." DC CODE § 47-845.01 Current through December 11, 2012

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(Sept. 3, 1974, 88 Stat. 1058, Pub. L. 93-407, title IV, § 435a, as added Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-250, § 2, 44 DCR 1253; Mar. 24, 1998, D.C. Law 12-81, § 60, 45 DCR 745.)