General Tax Information
All questions about tax payments, due dates, refunds,
delinquent taxes, receipt of statements, duplicate statements, issues with mortgage
companies or tax services, excise taxes, foreclosure or personal property
home moving permits and tax statement address changes should be directed to the Treasurer's
Office at (360) 337-7135.
Treasurer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Tax Distribution 101
Mobile Home Moving Permits (Downloadable Form)
All questions about
the assessed value of property, appeals for lowering assessed values, levy rates and tax
limitation, tax relief programs for senior citizens and the disabled; or open space programs
should be directed to the Assessor's Office at (360) 337-7160.
Assessor Web Page
Assessor Frequently Asked Questions
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Personal Property Tax
If you are in business, you are subject to a personal
property tax. Taxable personal property includes items such as: furniture and fixtures,
office equipment, machinery, tools, supplies, etc. The Treasurer may Distrain (seize) and
sell personal property if taxes are delinquent. Advance taxes are collected if the property
sells or transfers before the tax is due. The tax is due even if the business closes or the
property sells or transfers. Contact the Treasurer's Office before buying or selling any
personal property to protect your property against a lien. If you need more information,
call (360) 337-4936.
Interest & Penalty
The interest and penalty rates are set by
84.56.020) Payments without the appropriate interest and penalty cannot be posted to the account
and will be returned with an opportunity to pay without further cost by a certain date. There
is no "good cause" statute that allows waiving of interest and penalties except in the
circumstance of the county making an error when the tax account originated (the source
document for proof is the real estate tax affidavit), or in 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).
Mortgage Company Relationships
It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to monitor
their relationship with their mortgage company. Read your escrow account statements carefully
to verify that taxes are paid current, especially when you have recently purchased your
property or refinanced your home. Occasionally, tax payments collected on refinancing are
not forwarded to the Treasurer until April or October. There can be errors or delays in
payments for failure to notify the Treasurer of changes in your address or account status.
Real Estate Contracts
It is recommended that holders of real estate
contracts exercise the same precaution as mortgage companies and check the tax payment
status of their contract purchases each year.
The method of giving notice for payment of taxes due,
notices of delinquency and collection procedures, distribution of taxes to various taxing
districts, waiving of interest and penalties and accounting for money collected are explained
in statutes within the Revised Code of Washington (RCW