Property Tax Deferral for the Elderly or Disabled





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type



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


Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

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

Eligibility Criteria




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 $45,000.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

No local option regarding program features

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



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%.


Wash. Rev. Code § 84.38.010 ~ 84.38.160
(in effect for 2017)
Department of Revenue, Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons, (2017)

[ accessed 06/26/2018]


Department of Revenue, Deferral Application for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons, (2017)

[ accessed 06/26/2018]


Department of Revenue, Proof of Disability Statement, (2012)

[ accessed 06/26/2018]


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