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2020 PROPERTY TAX LEGISLATION


Important Information

REET Information

Here is some helpful information regarding Real Estate Excise Tax (REET).

Statewide Commercial Sales

This database allows users to search for statewide commercial sales that have been provided by some counties. Here are instructions if you'd like to gain access and/or upload your county's commercial sales.

Nonprofit & Tribal Property Tax Exemption Search

This database allows users to search for properties currently receiving a property tax exemption under chapter 84.36 RCW based on qualifying use by a nonprofit organization or tribal government.

Upcoming Deadlines


December 1

  • Penalty of 8% assessed on the current year’s delinquent taxes (RCW 84.56.020).
  • DOR posts updated annual utilities report online.
  • DOR will estimate the real property ratio for any county that has not submitted all reports necessary to calculate ratio (RCW 84.48.080[1][a]).

December 7

  • (First Monday in December) Boards of County Commissioners may meet to hold budget hearings provided for in RCW 36.40.070 (RCW 36.40.071).

December 31

  • (On or before) DOR prepares stumpage values for January through June 2020 (RCW 84.33.091).
  • Application due date for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax exemption for coming year (RCW 84.36.385).
  • Current Use Program and Designated Forest Land applications are due for classification in the next assessment year (RCW 84.33.130).
  • Assessor submits real and personal property tax assessment rolls to the DOR Research and Fiscal Analysis division.

Also in December

  • Interest rate applicable to farm and agricultural land values set by DOR for the 2020 assessment year (RCW 84.34.065 and WAC 458-30-262).
  • DOR determines value of each grade of forest land and certifies values to county assessors (RCW 84.33.140).

 

*IF A DUE DATE FALLS ON A SATURDAY, SUNDAY, OR LEGAL HOLIDAY, THE DUE DATE CHANGES TO THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY (RCW 1.12.070)

What's New


  • Revaluation Manual
  • County Review Reports

    The Department of Revenue is now publishing county review reports and their follow up/status documents on the Department’s public website (dor.wa.gov). The reports being posted are the current year and the previous six years per our retention schedule. If you have links to reports in the PTRC, please update them using the link above to the DOR public website.

  • WAC 458-12 Rules Project

    Assessors are reviewing the 27 property tax rules in this chapter for clarity and to provide other feedback about the rules. The project is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2020 with an update provided at the June conference.

    The four assessors who have volunteered to represent the assessors are: Mary Engle, Linda Hjelle, Jim Ruud, and John Wilson. The Department will use the feedback as it prioritizes rules for update or repeal.

  • Disaster Relief Resources Available Here
  • Assessor Annual Reports Timeline
  • 2020 Rate of Inflation
  • 2020 Property Tax Calendar
  • 2021 Training Calendar