Tax Statement Information
First half statements are typically mailed out in mid to late February and contains the detailed information for your property. Second half is mainly for coupon purposes and does not contain detailed information. Current year first half taxes are due on April 30th. Second half taxes are due on October 31st. If the tax date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Holiday, then the payment due date is the next business day.
Paying Your Property Taxes
Please visit our Payment Center page to see the various ways we have set up for you to pay your taxes.
Interest and Penalty
If the first half taxes are not paid by April 30, the entire becomes delinquent. Interest and penalty on the delinquent first half is calculated on the entire year’s taxes. Second half taxes become delinquent after October 31.
Interest is 1% per month on the full amount due
1st Half Penalty is 3% on the amount unpaid on June 1
2nd Half Penalty is 8% on the amount unpaid on December 1
Interest and penalty rates are set by law (RCW 84.56.020). Payments made without the proper interest and penalty will be returned with an opportunity to pay without further cost by a certain date. There is “no “good cause” statute that allows the waiving of interest and penalty except in circumstances of the county making an error when the tax account originated (the source document for proof is the real estate tax affidavit, or in the case of hardship caused by death of the taxpayer’s spouse, or taxpayer’s parent owned property, if the Treasurer is notified within sixty (60) days of the tax due date (copy of death certificate required), (RCW 84.56.025)
When You Don’t Have a Statement
Failure to receive tax statement does not relieve you of the responsibility for your taxes. The fact that you did not receive a statement is not grounds for a waiver of interest and penalty. Contact the Treasurer’s Office for replacement statements or tax amount due.
Paying Taxes Under Protest
Taxpayers are required to take the following actions at the time you pay the property tax in order to petition your case with Superior Court: (1) present a separate written protest to the County Treasurer at the time of payment of the tax; and (2) list in writing all the reasons why you feel the tax is unlawful or unfair. You may also file a petition contesting your valuation with the County Board of Equalization. For additional information regarding appealing your property valuation to the Board of Equalization, please see the County Commissioner’s webpage.
The County Treasurer cannot provide you with any form of legal advice, The responsibilities of the Treasurer are limited to accepting the petition and notifying the impacted districts. You may want to consult an attorney before submitting your letter of protest, The law has very strict requirements and you may jeopardize your case if the letter of protest is incomplete.