DC Starts Charging Sales Tax on Security and Fire Alarm Monitoring

The District of Columbia has taken the lead from Maryland and will require sales tax be paid on alarm monitoring, effective October 1, 2011. This change will affect security and fire alarm monitoring for commercial and residential properties located in DC.

The notice from DC goes on to specify that DC sales tax will now apply to “...the service of monitoring an electronically controlled burglar or fire alarm system for any residential or commercial property located in the District...”

Our invoices for security alarm monitoring and commercial fire alarm monitoring (including auto-credit card charges) will reflect this change as of October 1, 2011.