Senior Exemption Tax Program:
Effective for 2005 and beyond, RCW 84.36.381 grants property tax exemptions if your total annual income is $35,000 or less and if you are 61 years of age or older, or you are retired because of physical disability, or if you are a widow or widower at least 57 years of age whose spouse had an exemption at the time of his or her death. Once you have applied for an exemption and received approval, you need file only once every four years to maintain the exemption. The Assessor's Office will notify you when it is time to refile. The exemption ceases immediately upon the death of the qualified person, unless survived by an eligible spouse. Legislation passed in 1995 also provides that the claimant's assessed valuation is frozen as of January 1, 1995 or January 1 of the year in which the claim is filed, whichever is later.
If you would like to be added to a mailing list for new applications for Exemptions call 206-296-3920 then select option 1 and then selection option 4. You can leave your name, address and phone number.