Property taxes due April 30

April 25, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. April 25, 2009

The deadline is approaching for King County property tax payments.

Property owners face an April 30 deadline to pay first-half property taxes. If owners miss the deadline, state-mandated interest charges and penalties will be added to their tax bills.

County officials are touting ways for property owners to pay the bills more quickly and conveniently.

“Each year, an increasing number of taxpayers in rural King County are using the county’s eTax service to pay their taxes online,” county Finance and Business Operations Director Ken Guy said in a news release. “Making a payment online from your home computer is convenient, safe and provides you with a documented record of your payment.”

More than 23,000 taxpayers used the eTax online payment services last year.

The county cannot absorb credit card processing costs for property tax payments. If owners pay using a credit card, state law requires that the cost of the transaction will be included with the total.

Tax payments can be made:

By mail, if postmarked no later than April 30. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.

In person at Room 600 – Treasury Operations, King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., Seattle. Payments can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

At community services centers, if the bill is paid by check in the exact amount due. Find the addresses, phone numbers and operating hours of the King County Community Service Centers here.

Online with the county’s eTax application. Use a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account called an “echeck.”

Officials said the online option provides an easy, secure and immediate payment confirmation for current year, nondelinquent property tax bills. Delinquent accounts are not payable through the online payment system.

Pay online or view property tax information here.

Call the King County Assessor’s Office at 206-296-3920 to learn more about property tax exemption and deferral programs for seniors.

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