Under certain circumstances, you may be eligible for a property tax deferral or exemption.
Senior Citizens/Disabled Exemption
- Annual household income of $35,000 or less
- Own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or co-op
- 61 years of age by Dec. 31 of the previous year, or retired because of physical disability or Veteran with a 100% service-connected disability
- You are a widow, or widower, or state registered domestic partner at least 57 years of age whose spouse or state registered domestic partner had an exemption at the time of death
Once qualified, you continue to benefit from the exemption but any change in circumstances must be reported to the assessor to avoid penalties. For information, call (206) 296-3920 or download an application.
To apply for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Exemption, complete a Senior Citizen and Disabled Persons Reduction in Property Taxes Form. If you are not currently receiving SSI benefits, you must complete a Proof of Disability Form.
Senior Citizens/Disabled Deferral
If you are 60 or older or are retired because of physical disability and have an income of $40,000 or less, you may qualify for deferral of your property tax liability. Deferred taxes become a lien on your property. For information, call (206) 205-5759 or download an application.
Limited Income Deferral
If you meet qualification, you can defer 50 percent of your taxes and /or special assessments. To qualify, you must have owned your property for five years. The first half of your taxes, due April 30th, must be paid before applying for the deferral on your second installment due October 31st. The rate of interest for the deferral is based on an average of the federal short-term rate, plus 2%. The application deadline is Sept.1 of each year. The deferred taxes, plus accumulated interest, become a lien on your property. For more information, call (206) 296-3920 or get more detailed information in this publication. You can also download an application here.