|PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT INFORMATION||Updated: 01/06/2012|
Property taxes and assessments may be paid in person at the Stevens County Treasurerís Office at 215 South Oak Street Room #103, Colville, WA 99114-2836 or by mail. Postmark (US Post Office cancellation) is the determining payment date for all mailed payments. (Ref: RCW 1.12.070) To comply with this state regulation, all mail is reviewed by postmark date for payment of property taxes and assessments.
If air express or similar method of remitting taxes is used, we will rely on the certificate signed by that vendor authenticating the "sending date" for use of payment date in place of U.S. Post Office cancellation.
Note: Postage machine date is NOT U.S. Post Office cancellation. If you drop your mail into any mail receptacle, you must make certain the U.S. Post Office cancellation will be appropriate for legal payment date.
THESE ACCOUNTS MUST BE PAID IN FULL
Any amount under $50, or any other billing item which is indicated as "full payment" status. Delinquent personal and real property must be paid in full at a point of delinquency. Delinquent taxes or assessments on all real and personal property where current yearís taxes are more than $50 may be paid in half with any applicable interest and penalty only through October 30. On October 31, those taxes are due in full. (RCW84.56.020)
Please make checks payable to the Stevens County Treasurer. Payment stubs or Parcel numbers must accompany payment for correct application. Without identification, payments will be returned to sender.
A $25 service fee is charged on all returned checks and payment is voided for each parcelsís taxes paid by that check. Each account is then subject to applicable interest, penalty and costs.
To preserve your right to seek a court-ordered refund, you must comply with requirements of state law, RCW 84.68.020 and WAC 458-18-215.
We offer the taxpayer the option of paying by credit card, however, the taxpayer will be charged a fee by the Official Payment Corporation to use a credit card for payment of taxes. If you wish to make a credit card transaction to pay your taxes, please call 1-888-2-PAY-TAX. (1-888-272-9829) or visit our website via TaxSifter at: http://stevenswa.taxsifter.com/Search/Results.aspx **NOTE** All parcels need to be 7 digits, if you have a 6 digit parcel please add a 0 to the front of your number ie: 0XXXXXX.
All accounts accrue interest at 1% per month on FULL amount owing; 3% penalty is added June 1 and 8% penalty is added December 1. Administrative costs are added during the personal property distraint and real property foreclosure collection process.
Personal property may be subject to distraint after May 15 and Nov. 15. Personal property includes farm equipment, business and leased equipment. Personal property accounts become delinquent on May 1 and must be paid in full.
Real property foreclosure begins in June when we order title reports for each parcel with unpaid foreclosure year taxes. Each title search costs approximately $350.00 and is attached to the redemption amount along with taxes, interest & penalty.
CERTIFIED FUNDS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL ACCOUNTS FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY DISTRAINT AND REAL PROPERTY FORECLOSURE. (Cashiers or certified bank check, money order or cash)
SENIOR CITIZEN & DISABLED PERSON EXEMPTIONS
You may qualify for an exemption from all or part of the property tax on your residence if you meet ALL of the following qualifications:
You are at least 61 years of age OR permanently disabled (unable to pursue an occupation).
You own AND occupy a house or mobile home.
You and your spouse or co-tenant(s) have a combined disposable (gross, not taxable) income including social security benefits of $35,000 or less.
The exemption varies depending on your income. If you think you may qualify, bring verification of your prior yearís income into the Stevens County Assessors office and file an application. If you have questions or are unable to come into the office please call for information. Failure to re-apply yearly or report a status change may result in denial of the exemption.
Senior Citizens/Disabled Persons Deferral: Those who qualify for the Senior Citizens/Disable Persons property tax exemption may also defer property taxes and special assessments on up to 80% of the equity of their home.
CONTACT THE STEVENS COUNTY ASSESSOR for information regarding exemptions. Their phone number is (509) 684-6161.
For PROPERTY TAX information, call the Stevens County Treasurers Office at (509) 684-2593 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fax number is (509) 685-0675.
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