DID YOU KNOW? You Might Qualify for Property Tax Relief, and NEST Can Help!

State law provides several tax benefit programs for older adults and people with disabilities who own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo, or co-op. These programs include property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals. More than 26,000 qualified older adults and people with disabilities have yet to register for the exemption, and only 1 in 100 of those eligible for deferrals are currently enrolled.

Senior Citizens/Disabled Exemption

If you are one of the following:

  • 61 years of age or older by December 31 of the year before you wish to have an exemption
  • retired because of disability
  • a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability

and have an annual household income of $40,000 or less

You may be eligible for an exemption of a portion of your property taxes.

Senior Citizens/Disabled Deferral

If you are one of the following:

  • 60 years of age or older by December 31 of the year before you wish to have an exemption
  • retired because of disability

and have an annual household income of $45,000 or less

You may be eligible for a deferral of all of your property taxes.

Deferred taxes become a lien on your property equal to the deferred taxes plus reasonable interest. When you and your spouse no longer occupy the home, the amounts must be repaid. To continue in the program, the spouse remaining in the home must be at least 57 years old.

Limited Income Deferral

If you have owned your property for at least 5 years AND have an income of $57,000 or less, you may be eligible for a deferral of half of your property taxes. Deferred taxes become a lien on your property equal to the deferred taxes plus reasonable interest.

How to Get Free Help

If you think you may qualify for any of these programs, we can help. Call the NEST office at 206-525-6378 for an appointment with a counselor to discuss your qualifications and to get an application for a property tax exemption or deferral. This service is free and open to the public. We invite anyone residing in the King County area to call us for assistance – you don’t have to be a member of NEST.