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Exemptions and Reduced Benefit Charges

Senior/Disabled Exemptions

Seniors and disabled exemptions are administered through the King County Assessor’s Office. Complete information on how to obtain a senior/disabled exemption, can be found on the King County Tax Assessor website. You may also contact King County regarding senior exemptions or deferrals at 206-296-3920.

If you are a senior citizen or disabled, you may qualify for a property tax reduction/exemption if you:

  • have a total annual income of $40,000 or less, own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or co-op as principle residence as of December 31 of the year prior to the year of application;
  • are 61 years of age or older;
  • are retired because of physical disability; or
  • are a widow or widower at least 57 years of age, whose spouse had an exemption at the time of death.

 

If you are a senior citizen or disabled you qualify for a deferral if you:

  • have a combined disposable income of $45,000 or less;
  • own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or co-op as principle residence as of December 31 of the year prior to the year of application;
  • are at least 60 years old when you file; or
  • are retired because of a disability.

 

Monitored Fire Alarm Reduction

With a “Certificate of Service” from a licensed alarm monitoring company, owners of professionally installed fire alarm systems receive 7.5% off the normal benefit charge.

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Reduction

Receive a 10% reduction in the benefit charge if you have installed an automatic fire sprinkler system.

Agricultural Reduction

Qualifying agricultural uses receive a 75% reduction in the benefit charge.