Property Tax Exemption for the Elderly, Disabled or Veterans





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

Benefit Varies with Income

Benefit Type

Circuit Breaker


The benefit is an exemption of valuation from regular property tax based on income. Those with income less than $25,000 are exempt from regular property taxes on the greater of $60,000 or 60% of the value of their residence Those with disposable income between $25,000 and $30,000 the exemption is the taxes on the greater of $50,000 or 35% of the value, not to exceed $70,000.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Exemption from assessed value

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

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

Eligibility Criteria




Income Ceiling

Principal Residence


Surviving Spouse

Description of Eligibility Criteria

Claimant must be 61 years or older, retired from gainful employment due to disability, or a veteran with 100% service connected disability. Claimant can not have an income exceeding $30,000. A surviving spouse or domestic partner of someone who had the exemption is eligible if 57 or older and meet the other criteria.

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

Local government covers all of its tax loss

Enrollment Data

The total tax savings was $46,282,455 for taxes levied in 2007.

Record ID



Regular property tax is the property tax levied by or for a taxing district which is subject to the aggregate tax limitations.


Wash. Rev. Code § 84.36.379 ~ 84.36.381 (in effect for 2007); Wash. Rev. Code 84.04.140 (In effect for 2007)
Source Constitution: 
Const. of the State of Wash. Article VII §10

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