Your county assessor and treasurer administer property tax. County assessors value (assess) your property, and county treasurers collect property tax.
The Department of Revenue does not collect property tax. We oversee the administration of property taxes at state and local levels.
You should pay your property taxes directly to the county treasurer's office where your property is located. We’ve provided contact information for Washington’s 39 counties to assist you.
Learn more about paying or appealing your property tax.
You may appeal your property’s assessment to the county board of equalization in the county where your property is located.
If you live in Washington and meet certain criteria such as age and income, you may be eligible for either an exemption or deferral.
About one third of your property tax goes to funding education. The Legislature passed Engrossed House Bill (EHB) 2242 in 2017, in response to a Supreme Court order to fund education. This bill makes changes to:
In 2018, the Legislature made additional changes to lower the levy rate for taxes in 2019.
Property taxes make up at least 9.4 percent of the state’s General Fund, which supports public services for Washington residents. Revenue at a Glance provides more detail on property taxes and how they help fund these services.
Please contact your local county officials.