Property Tax Exemption Programs
Person Tax Exemption Program
You may qualify for an
exemption from all or part of your property tax on your
residence in Grant County if you meet the following
The Claimant must be, at
the time of filing, at least 61 years of age or disabled
from regular gainful employment (with proof of
disability in accordance with WAC 458-16A-120 and 135).
Total gross annual income
must be less than $35,000 including claimant, spouse and
cotenant(s) as defined under RCW.
The claimant must own and
occupy the residence as his or her principle residence
at the time of filing and for each year the exemption is
Proper proof of taxable
and non-taxable income must be provided for each year
the exemption is applied for by means of IRS Income Tax
Forms, annual Social Security 1099ís, Bank Statements,
W-2 Statements or any other pertinent verification of
income as defined under WAC 458-16A-115 and 120.
Prescription Drugs, Nursing Home Expense and In-home
Care Expense can be deducted from the total gross
The exemption is
available to your residence and up to one acre of land
or less. If you own more than one acre, the Assessorís
Office can administer the exemption to the allotted
amount without segregation.
The claimant must own the
home for which the exemption is claimed, either in total
(fee owner), as a contract purchaser, or as a life
estate. A home owned by a married couple or by
co-tenants is considered owned by each spouse or
cotenant. Only one person must meet the age or
disability qualifications. The qualifying claimant must
have ownership interest as stated above.
The exemption is also
based on the household income. Household Income
includes disposable income, that of the claimant,
claimantís spouse, and any cotenants. A cotenant is a
person living in the home who also has an ownership
interest. Household income does not include:
The income of a person,
other than a spouse, who does not have ownership
interest and lives in the home. However, the
application must show any income the person contributes
to the household, or
The income of a person
who has ownership interest and lives elsewhere.
However, if someone living elsewhere has any ownership
interest, the amount of the exemption will be based on
the percentage of the claimantís interest in the
The only deductible items
from your income are:
Prescription Drugs (not insurance premiums)
Care Expense (such as that which youíd receive in a
The exemption varies
depending on your income, along with what the Assessed
Value of the property the exemption is being claimed. If
you think you may qualify, bring verification of your
prior yearís income into the Grant County Assessorís
Office and file an application. If you are unable to
come into the office, an application and brochure can be
mailed to you by request. If you have any questions,
call (509) 754-2011 extension 383.
(Renewals for the
exemption program are mailed out based upon the year the
property is re-evaluated.)
Single Family Dwelling
Improvement Exemption (RCW 84.36-400)
You may be able to file
an exemption from property taxes on any physical
improvement to your home.
This exemption would be for three (3) assessment years.
The exemption must be filed prior to completion of
receive and file the form with the County Assessor in
the county that the property is located.
The amount of the exemption shall not exceed 30% of the
value of the dwelling prior to the improvements.
This exemption shall not be allowed on the same dwelling
more than once every five (5) years.
If you have any questions
about this program, contact your County Assessorís
office. In Grant County you may contact us at 35 C
Street Northeast, Ephrata or call (509) 754-2011
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