Unexpected circumstances can occur which make it difficult to pay property taxes on-time. When this happens, an account becomes past due and falls into delinquency. Depending on the type of property, delinquency triggers state mandated actions such as:
- Foreclosures and auction of real property accounts
- Seizure and distraint of personal property accounts
- Interest, fees, penalties and administrative costs
Interest and Penalties
When a property tax account is past due (delinquent) Washington State law RCW 84.56020 requires the county treasurer to assess interest at the rate of twelve percent per annum computed on a monthly basis (1% per month) on the total amount of delinquent taxes, from the date of delinquency until paid.
In addition, delinquent taxes are subject to a penalty of 3% on June 1 of the year in which the tax is due. An additional penalty of 8% is assessed on the delinquent tax amount on December 1 of the year in which the tax is due. Penalties are only assessed on the first year the property taxes become delinquent but interest is assessed every month the balance remains outstanding.
For Property Owners
If you have fallen behind on your property tax payments, please visit our additional web pages to further research our resources and our delinquency processes. If you are in the process of filing bankruptcy, please submit your information via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If at anytime you have a question, please contact a member of our collections team.