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Property Tax Exemption Programs

 

Senior Citizen/Disabled Person Tax Exemption Program

 

You may qualify for an exemption from all or part of your property tax on your residence in Grant County if you meet the following qualifications:

 

The Claimant must be, at the time of filing, at least 61 years of age or disabled from regular gainful employment (with proof of disability in accordance with WAC 458-16A-120 and 135).

 

Total gross annual income must be less than $40,000 including claimant, spouse and cotenant(s) as defined under RCW.

 

The claimant must own and occupy the residence as his or her principle residence at the time of filing and for each year the exemption is claimed.

 

Proper proof of taxable and non-taxable income must be provided for each year the exemption is applied for by means of IRS Income Tax Forms, annual Social Security 1099ís, Bank Statements, W-2 Statements or any other pertinent verification of income as defined under WAC 458-16A-115 and 120.

 

Non-reimbursed Prescription Drugs, Nursing Home Expense and In-home Care Expense can be deducted from the total gross household income.

 

The exemption is available to your residence and up to one acre of land or less.  If you own more than one acre, the Assessorís Office can administer the exemption to the allotted amount without segregation.

 

The claimant must own the home for which the exemption is claimed, either in total (fee owner), as a contract purchaser, or as a life estate.  A home owned by a married couple or by co-tenants is considered owned by each spouse or cotenant.  Only one person must meet the age or disability qualifications.  The qualifying claimant must have ownership interest as stated above.

 

The exemption is also based on the household income.  Household Income includes disposable income, that of the claimant, claimantís spouse, and any cotenants.  A cotenant is a person living in the home who also has an ownership interest.  Household income does not include:

 

  • The income of a person, other than a spouse, who does not have ownership interest and lives in the home.  However, the application must show any income the person contributes to the household, or

 

  • The income of a person who has ownership interest and lives elsewhere.  However, if someone living elsewhere has any ownership interest, the amount of the exemption will be based on the percentage of the claimantís interest in the property.

 

  • The only deductible items from your income are:

    • Non-reimbursed Prescription Drugs (not insurance premiums)

    • Non-reimbursed Nursing Home Expense

    • Non-reimbursed In-home Care Expense (such as that which youíd receive in a Nursing Home)

 

The exemption varies depending on your income, along with what the Assessed Value of the property the exemption is being claimed. If you think you may qualify, bring verification of your prior yearís income, along with picture ID, into the Grant County Assessorís Office and file an application.  If you are unable to come into the office, an application and brochure can be mailed to you by request.  If you have any questions, call (509) 754-2011 extension 2683.

 

(Renewals for the exemption program are mailed out based upon the year the property is re-evaluated.)

 

Single Family Dwelling Improvement Exemption (RCW 84.36-400)

 

You may be able to file an exemption from property taxes on any physical improvement to your home.

         This exemption would be for three (3) assessment years.

         The exemption must be filed prior to completion of improvement.

         You must receive and file the form with the County Assessor in the county that the property is located.

         The amount of the exemption shall not exceed 30% of the value of the dwelling prior to the improvements.

         This exemption shall not be allowed on the same dwelling more than once every five (5) years.

If you have any questions about this program, contact your County Assessorís office. In Grant County you may contact us at 35 C Street Northeast, Ephrata or call (509) 754-2011 extension 2611.

 

Property Tax Deferral Program

 

Senior Citizen/Disabled Person Tax Deferral Program

 

Under this deferral program, the Washington State Department of Revenue pays the property taxes and/or special assessments on your behalf.  This amount, plus interest, becomes a lien in favor of the state until the total amount is repaid.

 

It is available for property taxes and/or special assessments on your primary residence up to five (5) acres of land.  Mobile homes may qualify, even if the land where the home is located is being leased or rented.

 

You may qualify for the deferral program if you meet the following qualifications:

 

         At least 60 years of age by December 31st of the year you apply

         Unable to work because of a disability

         At least 57 years of age and the surviving spouse or domestic partner of a person who was receiving a deferral at the time of his/her death

         Your application must include proof of your age or disability

         Your annual household disposable income does not exceed $45,000

o    If your income is $40,000 or less, you must apply for the Property Tax Exemption Program for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons before you apply for the deferral program

         You must own the home (an irrevocable trust may qualify)

         You must occupy the home for more than six months each year

         For a home that is jointly owned, only one person must meet the age or disability requirement. 

 

You are NOT eligible to defer if you have only a share ownership in cooperative housing, a life estate, a lease for life or a revocable trust.

 

Due to the extensive restrictions on this program, our office highly suggest that you read the entire publication for further information before submitting an application.  If you have any questions, please call (509) 754-2011 extension 2683.

 

 

Property Tax Deferral Program

 

Homeowners with Limited Income Tax Deferral Program

 

Under this deferral program, the Washington State Department of Revenue pays the second installment of your property taxes and/or special assessments, due October 31st, on your behalf.  This program is not an exemption or a grant.  Deferred taxes are just taxes that have been postponed.  When you no longer own or use the property as your residence, you must repay the deferred tax.  The amount, plus interest, becomes a lien in favor of the state until the total amount is repaid. 

 

You may qualify for the deferral program if you meet the following qualifications:

 

         Owned the home for more than five years and must be your primary residence

         Must have been living in the home as of January 1 of the application year and lived there for more than six months during that year and every subsequent year

         Annual household disposable income for the previous year must be $57,000 or less

         Must have sufficient equity in the home

 

 

Due to the extensive restrictions on this program, our office highly suggest that you read the entire publication for further information before submitting an application.  If you have any questions, please call (509) 754-2011 extension 2683.

 

 

Nonprofit Organization Exemption

 

 

Nonprofit organizations in the State of Washington may be eligible for an exemption from property tax.  Not all nonprofit organizations have a purpose and activity that entitles them to an exemption.  Organizations that typically receive a property tax exemption are schools, churches, cemeteries, hospitals, social service agencies, character building organizations, nursing homes, homes for the aging, museums and public meeting halls.  The law provides an exemption on the following taxes:   

 

         Personal Property Tax

         Real Property Tax

         Leasehold Excise Tax

 

As our office does not process these applications, please refer to the publication listed below.  These forms are processed at the State level by the Property Tax Division at the Department of Revenue.  The publication and application are listed below for your convenience. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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