King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Assessor John Wilson launched King County’s new online portal on Thursday to allow people to apply for a reduction in their property taxes.
Last year the Legislature expanded eligibility for the existing property tax exemption and deferral programs for low-income senior citizens, individuals with disabilities and veterans. And until today, citizens could only apply for these programs by filling out paper forms.
“Rising property values around King County can hit seniors and disabled veterans in the pocketbook,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release. “The new online tool will make it easier and more accessible for those eligible to apply for the exemption they deserve, and honor our neighbors who have built this community and defended our country.”
“The expansion of this program is literally going to help people stay in their homes; and this new online tool is going to make it much easier for taxpayers to get the help they are entitled to,” said King County Assessor John Wilson.
The change in the law lowers the disability rating qualification for the disabled veteran’s property tax exemption program from 100 percent to 80 percent. In addition, the Legislature raised the income threshold for these programs, making thousands of more people eligible for help.
King County taxpayers who are 61 years or older, own their home and have an annual income of $58,423 or less after certain medical or long term care expenses, may be eligible. The previous income threshold in King County was $40,000.
Taxpayers should visit taxrelief.kingcounty.gov for more information and to apply online.