Monday, February 24, 2020

Property Tax Relief for Seniors and Disabled 2019 - 2020

Senior citizens and the disabled can receive a substantial reduction on their property tax rates.

The information is below:

"Washington State offeres a property tax relief program to help low income senior citizens, disabled persons and disabled veterans.  Recent legislation increased the income limits, increased the occupancy requirements, and decreased the service-connected disability rating needed for veterans.

To qualify, a property owner must:

1.) Be 61 years or older or disabled and unable to pursue gainful employment or a Veteran with an 80%, or greater (previously 100%, or total disability ruling) service-connected disabnility rating.

2.) Be the owner of and ocup the property more than 9 months of the year. (previouslay more than 6 months).

3.) Have a total household income of $48,566 or less (previously $40,000 or less).  We include non-taxable income, such as Social Security, and cannot use losses to offset gains when calculating your income.

There are three different levels of exemption, eah providing a different level of tax relief.

Category A:  income $33,623 or less.
Category B:  income from $33,623 to $41,095.
Category C:  income from $41,095 to $48,566.

Citizens already in the program have been moved into their new category for 2020 tax year based on the most recent income information on file at the Assessor's Office.

To apply, bring your 2019 income informatoin (Income Tax Return, 1099's other income documents) to the Assessor's Offie - Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse - 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW Olympia, WA 998502.  (360) 867-2200

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