Laws & Taxes

Laws & Taxes

FIRST HALF OF 2017 PROPERTY TAX STATEMENTS ARE MAILED, DUE DATE MAY 1

Property tax statements for the first half of 2017 are in the mail, Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher announced Monday. Property tax statements include property tax levy amounts, special assessments and certain fees. The Treasurer’s Office sent 67,000 paper statements, 78,000 postcards to taxpayers whose mortgage companies pay their taxes, and 6,000 e-statements to people who registered to receive tax bills online

Tax-credit awards finance affordable housing statewide

Six new developments will add affordable housing through Washington State, thanks to an estimated $105 million in equity from Low-Income Housing Tax Credits allocated last week by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Bipartisan bill aims to preserve affordable housing statewide

Across the Puget Sound region, as real estate values and rents rise, cities large and small are struggling to preserve existing lower-cost, market-rate housing. A bipartisan plan to enact a local-option property tax exemption for existing rental homes aims to preserve lower rents and prevent the displacement of long-time tenants, even as landlords seek to make building improvements.

Critical Low-Income Housing Tax Credits Fix to be Permanently Extended Under Cantwell Plan

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) applauded today the inclusion of her permanent credit rate floor for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit in the final tax extenders package. The critical fix to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit—a program that has financed 90 percent of affordable housing projects in the United States and more than 50,000 affordable housing units in Washington state—will be permanently renewed.

Murray praises expansion of Multifamily Tax Exemption

Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement following the Seattle City Council’s passage of affordable housing legislation (CB 118505) that renews and expands the Multifamily Tax Exemption program:

Mayor proposes expansion of affordable housing tax exemption program

Mayor Ed Murray introduced legislation that renews and expands the existing Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE). The proposal encourages family-sized units in new buildings and requires more affordable housing to be built. It also expands the MFTE to more areas of Seattle.

City asserts its authority to tax firearms, ammunition sales

The $25 per firearm tax on retailers enacted to mitigate the costs of gun violence in Seattle is “a proper and lawful exercise” of the City’s authority as granted by the Washington Constitution and Legislature, the City declared in rebutting a lawsuit filed by the NRA, among other gun rights groups, and several individuals. “The Ordinance does not limit any person’s right to purchase, sell, acquire, transfer, discharge, or transport firearms or ammunition,” the City said in its answer to Watson v. City of Seattle.

Assessment notices to reflect property values rising as of January

Those trends are reflected in annual Notice of Value statements set for mailing this week. The notices report market values as of Jan. 1, 2015, as required by state law. Values for 2015 will be one factor in calculating property taxes for 2016

Cantwell, Roberts Introduce Bill to Renew Low-Income Housing Tax Provision

Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize a critical tax provision for improving access to affordable housing and spurring private investment in developments that support small businesses and construction jobs nationwide

First Half Property taxes Due April 30

Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, stated that first-installment property taxes are due on Thursday, April 30, 2015. “If you have not received your 2015 first-installment tax statement or have lost it, you can visit our website

Estate Tax Repeal: Opening Floor Statement by Congressman Jim McDermott

It appears that the bipartisan good feelings of the last few weeks are gone. After reaching across the aisle to pass important legislation like the doc fix, my Republican colleagues are back to their old tricks of handing out tax breaks to the few at the expense of the many

1st Half 2015 Property Tax Statements mailed

Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, announced that first-installment 2015 property tax statements have been mailed. Property tax statements include property tax levy amounts, special assessments, and certain fees. There were 94,852 statements mailed, 73,846 postcards mailed for those taxpayers whose mortgage company pays their taxes

1st Half Property Taxes Due April 30

Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, stated that first-half property taxes are due on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. “If you have not received your 2014 first-half tax statement or have lost it, you can visit our website at www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or contact the Treasurer’s Office at 397-2252 for a duplicate statement.”

Second Half Property Taxes – Oct 31

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, stated that second-half property taxes are due on Thursday, October 31, 2013. “If you have not received your 2013 second-half tax statement or have lost it, you can visit our website at www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or contact the Treasurer’s Office at 397-2252 for a duplicate statement.” Taxpayers may also receive their 2013 tax statement electronically by signing up with our free-to-use third-party vendor at www.doxo.com/clarkcounty. Once enrolled, they can pay their property taxes by electronic check at no charge

2nd Half Property Taxes Due October 31 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 21, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, stated that second-half property taxes are due on Thursday, October 31, 2013. “If you have not received your 2013 second-half tax statement or have lost it, you can visit our website at www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or contact the Treasurer’s Office at 397-2252 for a duplicate statement.” Taxpayers may also receive their 2013 tax statement electronically by signing up with our free-to-use third-party vendor

Mailing the Second Half 2013 Property Tax Statements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, announced that second-half 2013 property tax statements have been mailed. Property tax statements include property tax levy amounts, special assessments, and certain fees. There were 64,788 statements mailed. “Taxpayers whose statements are not paid through a mortgage company and have not received their statement within ten days should visit our web site at www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or call the Treasurer’s Office at (360) 397-2252.” Taxpayers are responsible for paying their second-half property taxes by Thursday, October 31, in order to avoid interest and penalties.”

U.S. Senate Passes Congressman Denny Heck’s First Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 2, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Senate approved Congressman Denny Heck’s first bill last night by a unanimous, bipartisan voice vote. The bill, cosponsored by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), gives the Federal Housing Administration authority to quickly make common sense reforms to the federal reverse mortgage program necessary to stabilize it.

Reverse Mortgage Reform Bill To Be Considered By The U.S. House Tomorrow

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 12, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- A bill sponsored by Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) to enact commonsense reforms to fix the federal reverse mortgage program will be considered by the U.S. House tomorrow. The bill is co-sponsored by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

Payments Options help residents meet April 30 property tax deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 17, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Property owners have several options to pay the first half of 2013 property taxes by the Tuesday, April 30, deadline. They are

First Half Property Tax Statements have been Mailed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 14, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, announced that first-half 2013 property tax statements have been mailed. Property tax statements include property tax levy amounts, special assessments, and certain fees. There were 97,070 statements mailed and 72,277 postcards mailed for those taxpayers whose mortgage company pays their taxes.

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