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Q:  How can I reduce the amount of property tax I pay?

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If you believe your property has been incorrectly valued, you may appeal the valuation to the county board of equalization. Information about this process can be found in our publication, Appealing Your Property Tax Valuation to the County Board of Equalization.

Property tax exemptions are available for some property owners, such as senior citizens, disabled persons, and many nonprofit organizations. For more information, see these publications:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Property Tax Exemptions for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons

Historic property may also qualify for a special valuation.  Property taxes will not reflect substantial improvements made to eligible historic property for 10 years.  To be eligible, the property must be listed in:

  • the National Register of Historic Places (or certified as contributing to  the significance of a National Register Historic District), or
  • a Local Register of Historic Places.

In addition, the property must be in a class of properties approved for special valuation by the local government.  The Washington Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation has more information on this program and other incentives for historic property rehabilitation on their web site at www.dahp.wa.gov.

More information
Appealing Your Property Tax Valuation to the County Board of Equalization (pdf)
Nonprofit Organizations (pdf)
Property Tax Exemptions for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons (pdf)
Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
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