State of Washington
66th Legislature
2019 Regular Session
BySenator Fortunato
AN ACT Relating to exempting homeowners from the state property tax if their children attend private school; and adding a new section to chapter 84.36 RCW.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 84.36 RCW to read as follows:
(1) Single-family dwellings are exempt from state taxation if the property owner has one or more children between the ages of five and eighteen and all of the children attend private school as that term is used under chapter 28A.195 RCW.
(2) A claim for exemption under this section may be made and filed at any time during the year for exemption from state taxes payable the following year and thereafter and solely upon forms as prescribed and furnished by the department. However, an exemption from tax under this section continues for no more than six years unless a renewal application is filed as provided in subsection (4) of this section.
(3) A person granted an exemption under this section must inform the county assessor of any change in status affecting the person's entitlement to the exemption on forms prescribed and furnished by the department.
(4) Each person exempt from taxes under this section must file with the county assessor a renewal application not later than December 31st of the year the assessor notifies such person of the requirement to file the renewal application. Renewal applications must be on forms prescribed and furnished by the department.
(5) At least once every six years, the county assessor must notify persons receiving an exemption from taxes under this section of the requirement to file a renewal application.
(6) If the assessor finds that the applicant does not meet the requirements of this section, the claim or exemption must be denied; however, such denial is subject to appeal under the provisions of RCW 84.48.010 and in accordance with the provisions of RCW 84.40.038. If the applicant had received an exemption under this section in prior years based on erroneous information, the taxes must be collected subject to penalties as provided in RCW 84.40.130 for a period not to exceed five years.
(7) The department must promulgate rules and regulations as are necessary to administer the provisions of this section.
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