Property Tax Exemption and Freeze for the Elderly, Disabled or Veterans

State

Washington

Year

2014

Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type

Assessment Freeze

Exemption

Benefit

Those with income $35,000 or less are exempt from all excess levies and the assessment for regular levies is frozen at the lesser, current value or the value when the homeowner became eligible. Excess levies are those additional property tax levies above the limits that are approved by popular vote.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Exemption from assessed value

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

Veteran

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 $35,000. A surviving spouse or domestic partner of someone who had the exemption is eligible if they are 57 or older and meet the other criteria set forth.

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

Record ID

WA102_RR14

Footnotes

Excess levies are those additional property tax levies above the limits that are approved by vote of the people. Local school districts have no regular levy authority (although they are allocated funds from the statewide school levy) so they receive a substantial portion of their funding from voter-approved excess levies. Excess levies must be authorized by a 60% majority of the voters, except for school levies which only require a simple majority, and such levies are not subject to any of the limitations. If the person subsequently fails to qualify only for one year because of high income, this same valuation must be used upon requalification. If the person fails to qualify for more than one year in succession because of high income or fails to qualify for any other reason, the valuation upon requalification is the assessed value on January 1st of the assessment year in which the person re-qualifies.

Sources

Wash. Rev. Code § 84.36.379; Wash. Rev. Code § 84.36.381(6); Wash. Rev. Code § 84.04.140 (in effect for 2014)
Source Constitution: 
Const. of the State of Wash. Article VII §10

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