Code of the District of Columbia

§ 47–4310. Summons authority.

(a) For the purpose of ascertaining the correctness of a return; making a return where none has been made; determining the liability of a person or real property for a tax imposed under this title; determining the liability at law or in equity of a transferee or fiduciary of a person for a tax under this title; collecting tax; or inquiring into an offense connected with the administration or enforcement of a law, the Mayor may:

(1) Summon any person to appear and produce all books, records, or other data which may be relevant or material to the inquiry;

(2) Summon any person to give testimony under oath as may be relevant or material to the inquiry;

(3) Summon any person to answer interrogatories under oath as may be relevant or material to the inquiry; and

(4) Administer oaths to a person summoned.

(b) A summons under this section shall be served by the Mayor or by a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in the same manner as a subpoena issued by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

(c) The Mayor may report to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia the failure of a person to obey a summons.

(d) The Superior Court of the District of Columbia may compel obedience of a summons under this section to the same extent as witnesses may be compelled to obey the subpoenas of the Court.


(June 9, 2001, D.C. Law 13-305, § 404(b), 48 DCR 334; Apr. 4, 2003, D.C. Law 14-282, § 11(ddd), 50 DCR 896.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-875.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 14-282, in subsec. (a), substituted “liability of a person or real property” for “liability of a person”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 12(lll) of Tax Clarity and Recorder of Deeds Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-381, June 6, 2002, 49 DCR 5674).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 12(mmm) of Tax Clarity and Related Amendments Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-456, July 23, 2002, 49 DCR 8107).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 12(mmm) of Tax Clarity and Related Amendments Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-510, October 23, 2002, 49 DCR 10247).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see 12(mmm) of Tax Clarity and Recorder of Deeds Temporary Act of 2002 (D.C. Law 14-191, October 5, 2002, law notification 49 DCR 9549).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see 12(mmm) of Tax Clarity and Related Amendments Temporary Act of 2003 (D.C. Law 14-228, March 23, 2003, law notification 50 DCR 2741).

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of Authority Pursuant to D.C. Code, 2001 Ed. § 47-4310 to the Director of the Office of Tax and Revenue, see Mayor’s Order 2001-162, November 2, 2001 ( 48 DCR 10785).