Code of the District of Columbia

§ 47–461. Council findings.

The Council of the District of Columbia finds that:

(1) Many District residents and businesses are already overburdened by current taxation levels.

(2) The health of the District’s tax base and its potential for economic growth require the maintenance of a competitive tax burden between the District and neighboring jurisdictions.

(3) Present tax policies and laws are in need of evaluation with respect to their equitability, productivity, efficiency, and effect on economic growth;

(4) New or broadened revenue sources must be explored as possible substitutes for current uncompetitive rates to meet the District’s revenue needs, but they must be evaluated carefully in terms of their equity and their effect on economic growth.

(5) The last comprehensive study of District taxes occurred in 2014, and more recent tax changes have been somewhat piecemeal and sometimes made without regard to the system as a whole or knowledge of long-term effects.