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PoPville March 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Is this legal?

Can a church legally earn revenue by having cell phone towers on its roof? I thought churches were exempt from taxes so that’s why they rely on donations. This is Lincoln Park Methodist. (photo attached)

General Discussion April 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm

DC Taxes – Letter requesting additional documents to verify our ID??

Hi – – My husband and I filed joint DC taxes for the first time this year (as we just got married in 2013). I am a new DC resident, but my husband is not. We rec’d a letter in the mail from the DC Government stating they received our taxes, but that to “ensure your identity is protected” we need to (each) send them any 2 of the listed documents – – DC drivers lisence issued before or during 2013, dc vehicle registration from before or during 2013, utility bill from 2013, apartment lease (if applicable) dated 2013, 2013 real property tax bill (if applicable). Additionally, they want us to provide them with the amount we listed on line 3 of a 2012 DC return (if one was filed)

Everything appears legit about the letter but neither of us have ever heard of anything like this before so before we send off copies of our documents I just wanted to see if anyone has heard of this/experienced this. We purchased a home in DC in 2013 and applied for homstead deduction, so I wondered if it might be an attempt to make sure we really are residents or something? Just seemed odd. Comments/insights welcome!

Real Estate March 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Property Tax Assessment – Appeal?

Dear PoPville,

We just got our Proposed Real Property Assessment for 2015 and it went up $76k from the 2014 proposed assessment – about $80k more than we paid for the house 2 years ago. It’s good for our investment that the house has increased, but this seems a bit fast and high! According to the listserv, it seems that quite a few people have experienced $50k to $100k increases and there are discussions of appealing the assessments by the April 1 deadline.

3 questions: 1) Are there any negative consequences to appealing/lowering the assessment of our house? 2) The other 3 duplexes/multi family homes sold in the last year in Brookland varied by 100k with our proposed in the middle but all are 3/4 mile closer to metro than ours, so could I use the distance from metro to appeal for the lower assessed value? 3) Is appealing worth it?

Thanks for any thoughts/guidance!

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