Exemptions and Reduced Benefit Charges
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.
Qualifying agricultural uses receive a 75% reduction in the benefit charge.