How to Apply

You may bring all required documentation into our office and one of our staff will gladly assist you with filling out the application.  You may also apply through the mail by completing an application and returning it along with all required documentation to our office.  

For more information please contact our office at (360) 778-5050 or check out the brochure that the State of Washington Department of Revenue puts out on the program.

Late Filing & Refunds

If you feel you would have met the qualifications of the program in previous years but were unaware of the program, you may file an application for each year you would have qualified.  You would need to meet the required qualifications that were set in place for each year you are applying for.  You must file an application within 3 years of the date the taxes were due to receive a refund for excess taxes already paid.  (Example - to receive a refund of the excess taxes paid on your 2017 property taxes you would need to file the application prior to April 30, 2020 to receive the full year’s exemption, by October 30, 2020 to receive ½ years exemption.  Any application for the 2017 property taxes filed after October 30, 2020 would be denied a refund)

When your application and, required documentation, is filed for previous years, you must use the income from the same year as you would have if you had filed your application on time. For example, you would use 2016 income for a 2017 application to receive the exemption from the 2017 taxes. 

Renewing the Exemption or Changes in Circumstances

After approval, the exemption applies in the following years.  You must complete a renewal application or a Change in Status form if there are any changes that would affect the exemption.  Examples:
  • The Assessor's Office requests to verify your income (periodically required).
  • Your income changes from what was originally reported and would change the level of the exemption.
  • You sell your home or move to a different residence. 
  • Your home is no longer your primary residence (where you live for more than 9 months of each calendar year).
  • Change in ownership.
  • Marriage.