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Several counties are providing some economic relief by extending property tax payments on residential and commercial properties—with some exemptions.

As of this writing, King, Kitsap, Pacific, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston and Whatcom counties have all extended residential and property tax deadlines in some way. 

Most of these extensions apply to individual residential and commercial taxpayers who pay property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender but not all. Banks and other financial institutions that pay property taxes on behalf of their lending customers will likely still need to meet the original April 30 deadline.

Many counties have delayed property tax payments from April 30 to June 1 for property tax payments as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, although counties like Spokane have extended to June 15. For example:

  • King County individual residential and commercial taxpayers who pay property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender, can delay those payments until June 1. To learn more, click here
  • Kitsap County will allow payments to be deferred up to May 31 without interest.
  • Pacific County will allow payments to be extended to June 1 without interest.
  • Pierce County will extend the due date for first-half property tax payments to June 1.
  • Snohomish County will delay payments without interest until June 1.
  • Spokane County tax deadlines for residential and commercial properties are deferred to June 15.
  • Thurston County tax deadlines are extended to June 1 for both commercial and residential properties.
  • Whatcom County has extended payment deadlines to June 1.

Delaying property tax payments has been an important request we’ve heard from members. Our government affairs team with the Washington Hospitality Association requested Governor Inslee allow local jurisdictions the authority to delay property tax payments, and your local government affairs team also raised this issue with county officials. When Governor Inslee granted this authority to counties, it allowed those local jurisdictions the ability to provide the extensions.

The property tax payments are in most cases used as revenues to fund schools, fire districts, hospitals, libraries and other special districts. Those agencies have debt service payments due in June.

Check your local county tax treasurer’s office website for specific details on any extensions and exemptions.