Citing the financial impact of the COVID-19 virus on Pierce County residents, Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan, in coordination with the County Finance Director, has extended the due date for first-half property tax payments to June 1, 2020. Interest charges will not be assessed on payments made by that date.
At this time, our office at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th Street in Tacoma, is temporarily closed to the public, in compliance with the Governor’s “Stay Home” order. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Our staff continues to work from home and in the office as necessary, to perform our duties related to property valuation and taxation. We encourage you to contact us by phone, live computer chat on this website, or by e-mail or U.S. Mail.
Property tax payments by check (no cash) may be mailed or dropped into labeled collection slots both outside and inside the County Annex. Applications and documentation for senior and disabled tax exemptions may be mailed or dropped in a collection box in front of the Assessor-Treasurer’s office, inside the County Annex.
Phone: (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) 253-798-6111
Mailing address: 2401 S. 35th St Rm 142., Tacoma, WA 98409
INCOME LIMITS RAISED IN 2020 FOR SENIOR AND DISABLED PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS
More Pierce County homeowners will qualify for property tax relief this year, due to an important change in State Law. The previous maximum household income allowed for a partial tax exemption was $40,000 per year. The new maximum is 65% of the median household median, which in Pierce County is $45,708.
If you are a homeowner at least age 61, or unable to work because of a documented disability regardless of age, and occupy your house at least 9 months a year, you may be exempted from all voted property taxes on your principal residence. In addition, the taxable value of your primary residence will be frozen at the current amount.
There are also additional property tax exemptions for senior or disabled homeowners with household incomes below $38,676 (55% of median) and $31,644 (45% of median). Also, for military veterans, the required percentage of service-connected disability has been lowered from 100% to 80%.
To learn more about applying for an exemption, please click on the “Property Tax Exemptions and Deferrals” tab on the left side of this web page, then click on “Senior Citizens or Disabled Persons” to see more information about required documents and the application form.
If you have further questions, call our Senior/Disabled Exemptions Team at 253-798-2169 from 8:30 am to 4 pm weekdays or visit us at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma.
NOTE: If you are already enrolled in the exemption program, we have placed you in the correct income category. You will receive your Renewal or Status Change Notice as usual.
Here you’ll find a wealth of information about each of the 330,000 properties in Pierce County, by clicking on our popular Parcel Search. You’ll also get answers to frequently asked questions about your property taxes—how values and rates are determined, where the funds collected (about $1.4 billion per year) are used, and how to go about seeking exemptions, deferrals and appeals. You can even pay your taxes online!
As your Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer, I am honored to lead a team of 77 people dedicated to serving you with respect and earning your trust. While almost no one enjoys paying taxes, we all understand that schools, roads, libraries, parks and public safety need our support. Our pledge to you is that we will make every effort to see that you are taxed fairly and correctly, and if we do make a mistake, we’ll fix it.
On behalf of over 75 taxing districts in Pierce County which are served by the Assessor-Treasurer’s office, thank you for making these public services possible by your property tax support. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed on this website—or an idea to improve our service to you, please contact us.