PROPERTY TAX COLLECTION
Statements Are Mailed
Tax Statements & Due Dates
Interest & Penalty on Delinquent Taxes
Senior Citizens &
Disabled Persons Exemption
Mobile Home Owners
Tax Paid Under Protest
Foreclosure & Sale for
Non-payment of Taxes
TAX STATEMENTS ARE SENT OUT ONCE A YEAR. Tax
statements are mailed from Colfax, Washington in late February or early March.
SOLD PROPERTY: If you
have bought or sold property prior to receiving this statement or any time
during the year, please notify the Treasurer's Office and forward the statement
to the new owner. Failure to receive a tax statement on property does not
excuse any penalty or interest charges.
EXAMINE YOUR TAX STATEMENT to avoid payment on the
wrong property. First half or full payment of tax must be
paid/postmarked April 30th. Second half tax must be paid/postmarked October 31st. Tax
less than $50.00 on individual parcels must be paid in full first half.
Delinquent tax amounts showing on your statement will not include the
interest and penalty because this amount changes every month.
INTEREST AND PENALTY ON DELINQUENT TAXES: If the
first half tax is not paid by April 30th, interest is charged on the full amount
of tax at 1% (one percent) per month. In addition to the interest, there
will be penalties added the first year of delinquency. A 3% (three
percent) penalty will be added on June 1st, and an 8% (eight percent) penalty will
be added on December 1st. Payments received on delinquent PERSONAL
PROPERTY tax after the April 30th deadline must be paid in full with
applicable interest, penalties, and costs. Real Estate and Mobile Homes
may still be paid in halves through October 31st, with interest and penalties
calculated on the full tax. Failure to pay second half taxes will also
result in interest and penalty charges. BEFORE
PAYING DELINQUENT TAX, PLEASE CONTACT THE TREASURER'S OFFICE AT (509) 397-6230
FOR THE CORRECT INTEREST AND PENALTY AMOUNT COMPUTED FOR THE DATE OF YOUR
PERSONAL PROPERTY: Taxes are computed on the
assessed valuation as of January 1st of the preceding year. They are a
lien on the Personal Property of the person assessed. IT IS UNLAWFUL TO
SELL PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHOUT PAYING TAX IN ADVANCE. A clear bill of
sale cannot be issued until such payment is made. PERSONAL PROPERTY is
subject to immediate seizure and subsequent sale if at least the first half of
the tax is not paid by April 30th and the second half by October 31st.
Check with the County Treasurer's Office before buying or selling any personal
property. (RCW 84.56.070.090)
SENIOR CITIZENS AND DISABLED PERSONS EXEMPTIONS: If
you own a residence, you may be entitled to a property tax exemption. To
qualify you must be 61 years old or retired because of a disability, the
property must be your main residence, and you must have a limited income.
For application forms and further information, please call the Whitman County
Assessor at (509) 397-6220 or go to
MOBILE HOME OWNERS: Check with your County
Treasurer's Office before buying or selling a mobile home to assure the proper
changes have been made and to protect your property against any property or
excise tax lien. (RCW 84.60) Movement of a mobile home without a movement
permit issued by the Treasurer may result in a penalty. (RCW 46.44.175)
TAX PAID UNDER PROTEST: To preserve your right to
seek a court ordered refund you must comply with the requirements of the law.
(RCW 84.68.20) (index)
FORECLOSURE AND SALE FOR NON PAYMENT OF TAXES:
After the County Treasurer has started the tax foreclosure procedure by filing a
Certificate of Delinquency in Superior Court, all tax, interest, penalties, and
costs must be paid through the current year in order to remove the property from
foreclosure. All REAL ESTATE with delinquent taxes for three years or more
will be subject to foreclosure. For more information on Whitman County Tax
Foreclosure sales, please goto the
PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED IN U.S. CURRENCY ONLY. MAKE YOUR
CHECK, CASHIERS CHECK, OR MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO THE WHITMAN COUNTY TREASURER.
WASHINGTON STATE TAX LAWS PROHIBIT US FROM RECEIPTING PARTIAL PAYMENTS.
TREASURER (509) 397-6230 Taxes, delinquent
interest, foreclosure, mobile home sales and moving permits, address changes.
ASSESSOR (509) 397-6220 Values, exemptions,
ownership, personal property listing, open space, omitted taxes, levy rates,
legal descriptions, maps.