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WAC 458-18-020

Deferral of special assessments and/or property taxesQualifications for deferral.

A person may defer payment of special assessments and/or real property taxes on up to eighty percent of the amount of his equity value in said property if the following conditions are met:
(1) The claimant must have owned, at the time of filing, the residence on which the special assessment and/or real property taxes have been imposed. For purposes of this subsection a residence owned by a marital community, a state registered domestic partnership, or cotenants shall be deemed to be owned by each spouse, each domestic partner, and each cotenant. A claimant who has only a share ownership in cooperative housing, a life estate, a lease for life or a revocable trust does not satisfy the ownership requirement.
(2) If the amount deferred is to exceed one hundred percent of the claimant's equity value in the land or lot only, the claimant must have and keep in force fire and casualty insurance in sufficient amount to protect the interest of the state of Washington and shall designate the state as a loss payee upon said policy. In no case shall the deferred amount exceed the amount of the insured value of the improvement plus the land value.
(3) In the case of special assessment deferral, the claimant must have opted for payment of such special assessments on the installment method if such method was available.
(4) The claimant must meet all requirements for an exemption for the residence under RCW 84.36.381, other than the income requirements, and to the extent eligible, must have first applied for the exemptions under RCW 84.36.381 through 84.36.389 prior to filing a declaration to defer.
(5) The claimant must have a combined disposable income, as defined in RCW 84.36.383, at or below the statutory limit amount provided in RCW 84.38.030.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 84.08.010, 84.08.070, 84.52.0502, and 84.55.010. WSR 16-06-043, § 458-18-020, filed 2/24/16, effective 3/26/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 84.38.180. WSR 08-16-077, § 458-18-020, filed 7/31/08, effective 8/31/08; WSR 92-15-057, § 458-18-020, filed 7/13/92, effective 8/13/92; WSR 88-13-042 (Order PT 88-9), § 458-18-020, filed 6/9/88; WSR 84-21-010 (Order PT 84-4), § 458-18-020, filed 10/5/84; WSR 81-05-020 (Order PT 81-8), § 458-18-020, filed 2/11/81; Order PT 76-1, § 458-18-020, filed 4/7/76.]
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