When do you pay property taxes in the State of Washington?

When do you pay property taxes in the State of Washington? findwell agent Matt Martel answers in this installment of Ask an Agent.

Q: When do you pay property taxes in the State of Washington?

As a home owner you’re going to have to pay property taxes. They are paid twice a year. April 30th and October 31st. If you have a mortgage, odds are that your lender is collecting money from each payment, putting that money into an escrow account and paying the property taxes for you. But they are paid, half is paid on April 30th and the other half is due October 31st.

Q: When do I find out what my property taxes are going to be for the next year?

Typically, the county will mail you a notice of value annually. Usually it comes in the fall of the year. So if it’s 2013, you might get a notice in September 2013 telling you what your taxes are going to be in 2014.

Q: Is there a way for me to appeal my property tax bill?

If you think the county has appraised your property too high, and thus your taxes are higher than they should be, there is an appeal process. You can go to the county’s website and begin the process. You will probably need to provide some evidence or documentation as to why you think your home is valued too high. It won’t work to just say, to have your hearing and just say it’s too high. You’ll need to provide evidence. And often you don’t even a hearing they’ll just ask that you submit this and the assessor will look at it and get back to you.