Under the exemption program, your property taxes are reduced. First, the value of your residence is frozen for property tax purposes and you are exempt from all excess levies and Part 2 of the state school levy. Depending on your income, you may also be exempt from a portion of the regular levies.
If you have any questions regarding the exemption program, contact Hannah Kaiser at the Island County Assessor's office at 360-678-7853. If you have questions regarding the taxes please contact the Island County Treasurer at 360-679-7302.
If you are a senior citizen or disabled person with your primary residence in Washington State (own and occupy more than 9 months a year) (VACANT LAND does not qualify) this program offers a reduction in property tax based on eligibility.
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To be eligible for this program you must meet the age or disability, ownership, occupancy, and income requirements. Your application must include proof of your age or disability and income.
You must meet one of the following by December 31st of the assessment year:
You must own the home in Washington State for which the exemption is claimed in total (fee owner), as a life estate (including a lease for life), or by contract purchase by December 31 of the assessment year. You must also reside in your home for at least 6 months in 2016, 2017, and 2018 in order to qualify for an exemption on your 2017, 2018, and 2019 taxes and must reside in your home for at least 9 months in 2019 in order to qualify for an exemption on your 2020 taxes.
A home owned jointly by a married couple, a registered domestic partnership or by co-tenants is considered owned by each spouse, domestic partner, or co-tenant. Only one person must meet the age or disability requirements. A co-tenant is a person who resides with the claimant and has ownership interest in the residence. Income information for the co-tenant must be provided.
Your annual combined disposable income cannot exceed $40,000
IF NO TAX RETURN WAS FILED THEN GATHER THE ITEMS FROM BELOW THAT PERTAIN TO YOU:
We may be able to deduct any non-reimbursed expenses paid by you, your spouse or domestic partner for things such as:
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must notify us whenever there is a change in status for the following reasons:
You can use this form to report the change.
Under the Deferral Program, the Washington State Department of Revenue pays the property taxes and/or special assessments on your behalf.
The deferred amount, plus interest (5% a year), becomes a lien in favor of the state until the total amount is repaid. Property tax deferral is available for property taxes and /or special assessments on your primary residence and up to five acres of land. Mobile homes may qualify even if the land where the mobile home is located is leased or rented.
You must first apply for the Senior/Disabled Exemption to reduce your taxes before applying for the Deferral Program. Minimum qualifications for the Deferral Program are 60 years of age by December 31
st of the year you are applying or disabled, must own the home and reside in the home for more than 6 months out of the year and have income less than $40,000. For more information regarding the program please
The deferred amount, plus interest (2% a year), becomes a lien in favor of the state until the total amount is repaid. This deferral is to assist in paying your second half taxes. In order to apply for this Deferral your first half property taxes must be paid in full. Property tax deferral is available for property taxes and /or special assessments on your primary residence and up to five acres of land. Mobile homes may qualify even if the land where the mobile home is located is leased or rented.
You can mail your information to the Assessor’s office, or drop off your application in person at either the Coupeville or Camano Annex.
For more information contact H.Kaiser@islandcountywa.gov or call 360-678-7853