Frequently Asked Questions
Filing Appeals Electronically Using eAppeals
What do I need to know about eAppeals before I create an appeal?
- You must log in or create a user account in order to file your appeal
- You may continue to research comparable property values
- Your completed research will be saved for use in your appeal
- You will file your appeal with the King County Board of Equalization
- You have the option to view and update your appeal
- You can track the status of your appeal
I am appealing multiple parcels, what should I do?
- If you are appealing multiple parcels, you must submit separate petitions for each parcel.
What are the steps in the online Appeals process?
Can I submit my appeal in hard copy form?
Yes, download and complete the appropriate form from https://www.kingcounty.gov/appeals
Do you have contact information for additional help with appeals?
- For assistance with residential (1-3 dwelling units) appeals and finding comparable sales, contact the Property Tax Advisors
- For questions about the appeal process, contact the Board of Equalization
- For all other questions about valuation and assessment of real property, contact the Department of Assessments
For technical questions regarding online appeals, contact the Department of Assessments
- email reply within two business days
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the Department of Assessments general phone numbers?
- If you have questions or need assistance find general phone numbers here.
Are there additional FAQs regarding the appeals process?
- Yes, there are additional FAQs on the property tax appeals page.
Do you have any prior or pending appeals?
- The Assessor sends revaluation notices each year. A separate appeal must be filed each year in order to protect your appeal rights, as past or pending appeals should not be assumed to affect a subsequent year’s valuation. It is also important to keep in mind that information submitted in a previous year’s appeal remains as part of the permanent record for that petition. If you feel the information is still pertinent to the current year’s appeal, you may resubmit a copy of this data with your new appeal.
I appealed last year’s valuation but haven’t had a hearing or decision from the Board. Do I need to appeal again this year?
- Yes! The Assessor revalues properties each year, which means you must file a new complete petition to protect your appeal rights. It is important to keep in mind that information submitted in a previous year’s appeal remains as part of the permanent record for that petition. If you feel the information is still pertinent to the current year’s appeal, you may resubmit a copy of this data with your new petition.
Why should I include comparable sales and how do I find them?
- Sales of the subject property and/or comparable properties are the foundation of our State’s market value standard. Accordingly, comparable sales typically provide the best indicators of market value. [RCW 84.40.030] This is particularly true for residential properties. The best comparables are sales located in your neighborhood, with similar land and improvement features, which sold closest to the valuation date at issue. Assistance in finding comparable sales is available in the Assessor’s Public Information Office, 206-296-7300, and in the Property Tax Advisor Office (for residential properties only), call: 206-477-1060. Realtors and title companies may also be resources for comparable sales.
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