ESHB 1332
C 73 L 21
Synopsis as Enacted
Brief Description: Concerning property tax deferral during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsors: House Committee on Finance (originally sponsored by Representatives Sullivan, Ramel, Leavitt, Dufault, Hackney, Wylie, Santos, Ortiz-Self, Ormsby, Rule, Stokesbary, Callan, Pollet and Macri).
House Committee on Finance
Senate Committee on Ways & Means

Property Tax Statements and Payment Due Dates.
All real and personal property in Washington is subject to property tax, unless the law provides a specific exemption.  All taxes on real and personal property are due and payable to the county treasurer.  To avoid interest and penalties, at least half of the amount owed is due by April 30, and the full balance is due by October 31.  If the tax is less than $50, the entire payment must be paid in full by April 30.  Delinquent tax payments are subject to interest and penalties.
Tax Delinquencies.
Delinquent tax payments are subject to interest and penalties.  Interest is charged at a rate of 1 percent per month on the full amount due from the month of delinquency until the delinquency is paid in full.  In addition, a 3-percent penalty is also imposed on the unpaid amount of current taxes on June 1 with an additional 8-percent penalty imposed on the unpaid amount of current taxes as of December 1.
Payment Options.
A county treasurer may accept prepayments for current year taxes provided the payments are paid in full by the statutory tax payment due dates.  A treasurer may also provide a payment agreement to a taxpayer for payment of any current or delinquent taxes owed.


County treasurers must grant a deferral of unpaid, nondelinquent taxes due in 2021 via the establishment of a payment plan for qualifying businesses.  To qualify, a business must demonstrate a loss of at least 25 percent of revenue for calendar year 2020 compared to calendar year 2019.  A deferral must be requested from the county treasurer on forms developed by the Department of Revenue.  Penalties and interest are not to be applied to taxes due under the deferral payment plan so long as the terms of the payment plan are fully met.


An owner of real property receiving a deferral must pass on the entire benefit to a tenant or sublessee if the tenant or sublessee is required by the lease or other contract to pay the property tax expense of the owner.


A request for a deferral must be made by April 30, 2021, and applicants must certify, under penalty of perjury, that the information in a request is true and correct.


Taxing districts must report their fund balance to the county treasurer by April 30, 2021.  The county treasurer must process all requests for deferral by June 30, 2021.


The bill expires January 1, 2022.

Votes on Final Passage:
House 96 1
Senate 49 0 (Senate amended)
House 97 0 (House concurred)

April 16, 2021