Code of the District of Columbia

§ 47–462. Tax Revision Commission — Established; submission of recommendations.

(a) There is established a Tax Revision Commission (“Commission”) with the purpose of preparing comprehensive recommendations to the Council and the Mayor which:

(1) Provide for fairness and equity in the apportionment of taxes and promote progressivity;

(2) Broaden the tax base;

(3) Make the District’s tax policy more competitive with surrounding jurisdictions;

(4) Encourage business growth and job creation; and

(5) Modernize, simplify, and increase transparency in the District’s tax code.

(b) Specific functions of the Commission shall include the following:

(1) To analyze the District’s current tax system in terms of revenue productivity and stability, efficiency, equity, simplicity of administration, and effect upon the District’s economy;

(2) To propose innovative solutions for meeting the District’s projected revenue needs while recommending potential modifications to tax rates;

(3) To identify economic activities which are either beneficial or detrimental to the District’s economy and which should be either encouraged or discouraged through tax policy;

(4) To recommend changes in the District’s current tax policies and laws;

(5) To establish or revise criteria and a conceptual framework for evaluating current and future taxes. Such criteria and framework shall consider racial equity impacts;

(6) To identify unused and duplicative tax credits and tax abatements and recommend policy changes to improve the way the District utilizes tax expenditures; and

(7) To analyze the specific changes to the District's tax system since the Commission's most recent recommendations to determine the extent to which such changes are consistent with the principles identified in this section.

(c) The Commission shall submit its recommendations in the form of a report or reports similar in form and scope as those transmitted by the Commission on February 12, 2014. The report or reports shall be accompanied by draft legislation, regulations, amendments to existing regulations, or other specific steps for implementing the recommendations.

(d) The Commission shall submit to the Council and the Mayor its final report no later than one year after the Commission's appointment. Appointments to the Commission shall expire 60 days after the Commission submits its report[].

(e) Every 10 years after the submission of the previous Commission's report, a new Commission shall be convened. The Mayor and the Chairman of the Council shall make new appointments consistent with the provisions of this subchapter and may appoint members who previously have served on the Commission.