Property Tax Deferral for the Elderly or Disabled

State

Washington

Year

2015

Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type

Deferral

Benefit

Eligible homeowners may defer payment of property tax or special assessments. The deferred amounts may not exceed exceed 80% of the claimant's equity in the residence.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Other

Eligible Property Type

Residential

Characteristics of Eligible Property

Eligibility is limited to the applicant's place of residence.

Eligibility Criteria

Age

Disability

Homeowner

Income Ceiling

Surviving Spouse

Description of Eligibility Criteria

Claimant must be 60 or older or retired due to disability. A surviving spouse can keep the deferral if they are 57 or older and meet other criteria. The claimant's income may not exceed $40,000.

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

State reimburses all of the local government tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

The department of revenue gives each taxing district the amount of money deferred.

Record ID

WA104_RR15

Footnotes

Effective 9 October 2015, the combined disposable income for claimants in 2016 and subsequent collection years is increased to $45,000. This was enacted in 2015 Wash. 3rd Sp. Sess. Laws ch. 30 § 3 (SSB 5186). The claimant must have fire and casualty insurance. The deferral becomes a lien on the house and is due when the property is sold, the owner passes away, or they are no longer eligible. The interest rate on the deferral is 5%.

Sources

Wash. Rev. Code § 84.38.010 ~ 84.38.160
(in effect for 2015)
2015 Wash. 3rd Sp. Sess. Laws ch. 30 § 3

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