King County launched a new online portal to allow people to apply for a reduction in their property taxes. Last year, the state legislature expanded eligibility for the existing property tax exemption and deferral programs for low-income senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Until the online portal, citizens could only apply for these programs by filling out paper forms.
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 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.
Interested taxpayers can click here for more information and to apply online.