King County property owners who pay their property taxes themselves, rather than through a mortgage lender, have until Monday, May 2 to pay the first half of their 2022 bill. After that date, late charges will be added to the tax bill.
Because the statutory due date falls on a Saturday this year, taxpayers have two extra days to submit their payment. Timely receipt of property tax payments is essential for the many jurisdictions that rely on these revenues to make debt service payments.
To make the payment process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently. Payments can be made:
- Online using King County’s secure online eCommerce system at kingcounty.gov/PropertyTax. Taxpayers may pay with a credit card, debit card, or an electronic check. (A service fee, charged by the payment processor, applies to this option. King County does not receive any part of this fee.)
- By mail if postmarked no later than May 2, 2022. The address is: King County Treasury, 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 710, Seattle 98104. Taxpayers should write their property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail. Taxpayers do not need to include a tax statement with the payment as long as the property tax account number is on the check or money order and payment is for the exact amount due.
- By secure drop box located at the King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson St. in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. Drop box payments should be made by check or money order – do not leave cash in the drop box. In-person payments remain unavailable at this time.
Payment Assistance Options
To help taxpayers impacted by economic hardship, King County has a payment plan program available for real property homes, commercial businesses, land, and mobile homes. To participate, property owners must sign an agreement with King County Treasury. If participating owners also have a mortgage, they need to notify their lender about the payment plan. The program is administered through a third-party vendor and monthly payments are credited to the property tax account once the terms of the payment plan are met.
Taxpayers participating in a payment plan are charged a one-time $75 setup fee and a monthly $15 processing fee by the vendor. Those taking part in this program will also need to pay interest of 1% each month on the outstanding amount of their tax bill, as required by Washington state law. For more information on the payment plan program, please visit kingcounty.gov/PaymentPlans or email [email protected].
Information on exemption and deferral programs for seniors, people with disabilities, or other qualifying conditions can be obtained from the King County Assessor’s Office at TaxRelief.kingcounty.gov, by emailing [email protected], or calling 206-296-3920.
The above is a press release from King County. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its content.