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If you qualify, you can defer payment of property taxes up to 80% of the equity in your home. You must file your application with the assessor no later than 30 days before the tax is due.

Common Questions

Seniors


2020 Income Limit Change (based on 2019 earnings)

The Legislature has made major changes in the senior citizens, disabled persons, and veterans exemption and deferral programs. These changes will take effect for taxes collected next year, 2020.

The income limit is now indexed to 65% of the median household income in King County. The new limit is $58,423 rather than set at a fixed amount. We anticipate that this will allow more people to be eligible for these programs.

For property in King County, you can apply for taxes payable in 2020 as early as January, 2020 when 2020 application is readily available. Please note, you will need your completed (2019) tax return prior to applying. Taxpayers should remember that King County will not process applications that are not complete and without supporting documents.

To qualify in for taxes payable in 2020, you will need to meet the following criteria:

Age/Disability
  • Born in 1958 or earlier, or
  • Disabled and unable to work in 2019 or earlier
Ownership/Occupancy
  • Own the residence as of 12/31/2019
  • Occupy as a primary residence 9 months each year
Income (earned in 2019)
  • Annual household income under the new threshold of $58,423 including Social Security and other sources (RCW 84.36.383(5))

Applications will be available January 2020. If you would like to be put on a mailing list please click below: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/assessor/Contact-Us/ExemptionAppMailing.aspx

The information below pertains to the current program. Most elements will remain the same with the exception of the income qualifying amount.

2019 And Earlier Qualifications Include:
  • Annual household income of $40,000 or less
  • Own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or co-op,
  • 61 years of age by December 31 of the previous year, or
  • Retired because of disability or
  • Veteran with a 100% service-connected disability
  • You are a widow, or widower, or state registered domestic partner at least 57 years of age whose spouse or state registered domestic partner had an exemption at the time of death

Once qualified, you continue to benefit from the exemption but any change in circumstances must be reported to the assessor to avoid penalties. For information, call 206-296-3920.

To apply for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Exemption, complete a Senior Citizen and Disabled Persons Reduction in Property Taxes Application (.PDF).

If you are not currently receiving SSI benefits, you must complete a Proof of Disability Form (.PDF).

Yes. King County offers two types of tax relief for people 60 and older.

If you are a senior citizen or disabled, you may qualify for a property tax reduction/exemption if:

  • you have a total annual income of $40,000 or less (including social security income)
  • you own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or co-op as principle residence as of December 31 of the year prior to the year of application
  • you are 61 years of age or older
  • you are retired because of physical disability or
  • you are a widow or widower at least 57 years of age, whose spouse had an exemption at the time of death

If you are a senior citizen or disabled you qualify for a deferral if:

  • you have a combined disposable income of $45,000 or less
  • you own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or co-op as principle residence as of December 31 of the year prior to the year of application
  • you are at least 60 years old when you file or
  • you are retired because of a disability

To apply for a property tax deduction for seniors/disabled, click here (.PDF). To apply for a seniors/disabled tax deferral, click here (.DOC).
If you would prefer to talk with us in person, please call 206-296-3920; We will be happy to help you.

Please visit here for other the tax relief information.