COVID-19 and Jefferson County, WA Property Taxes
The Jefferson County Treasurer confirmed property taxes are still due April 30, 2021 and October 31. 2021.
Treasurer's Office FAQs with answers to frequently asked questions
April 16, 2021 Press Release 1st Half Property Taxes are Due April 30th; Business Extension Available PORT TOWNSEND - Remember first installment property taxes are due soon. Mailed payments must be postmarked, put in a drop box, or paid online by Friday, April 30th to avoid penalty and interest charges. Taxpayers who would like a receipt should include their email address to have a receipt emailed to them, or they must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with their payment to receive a hard copy receipt mailed to them.
We understand times are tough for many. Businesses with a documented 25% reduction in revenue attributable to that real property in 2020 from 2019 may apply for an extension of payment on 2021 real property taxes through December 31, 2021 for those properties if enrolled in a payment plan with the county treasurer. Verification of the revenue loss could be subject to audit by the Department of Revenue. If granting the extension results in any taxing jurisdiction being unable to make scheduled bond payments, then the county treasurer may need to deny the extensions under ESHB 1332.The request form is posted on the Washington State Department of Revenue website on their Property tax forms page. Please complete and submit the form by April 30, 2021 to the Jefferson County Treasurer. The form is titled 2021 Request for Real Property Tax Due Date Extension & Payment Agreement Due to Revenue Loss, Provided in ESHB 1332 (Fill-in) 64-0116.
While we are not able to extend the due date or waive interest or penalty for late payments for everyone, we do accept partial payments for property taxes. Please contact the Treasurer’s Office for information.
Taxes may be paid as follows:
- By mail if postmarked no later than April 30, 2021. Mailed payments must be postmarked by April 30 to avoid penalty and interest charges. Taxpayers should write their property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail. Taxpayers do not need to include a tax statement or coupon with the payment as long as the property tax account number is on the check or money order and payment is for the exact amount due.
- Online using Jefferson County’s online payment service.
• Credit card payments may be made online at http://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/337/Online-Property-Tax-Assessment-Payments or by phone 1-877-812-8072. Instructions for both are on the back of the tax statement. The service provider charges a 2.5% fee for credit card payments and a flat fee of $3.95 for payment with Visa Debit.
• Electronic checks may be used to make payments, and the $2.00 service fee charged by the provider has been temporarily reduced to $0.50 during the pandemic. Go to the Jefferson County Treasurer’s webpage for instructions and fee amounts http://www.co.jefferson.wa.us/329/Treasurer
- Drop boxes in Jefferson County for payment by check:
• Drop box in rear parking lot of the courthouse is open all year
Drop boxes at local banks are available April 1-30 during business hours at the following locations:
Port Townsend 1st Security Bank of Washington
Port Hadlock 1st Security Bank of Washington
Port Ludlow Sound Community Bank
- By appointment with the Treasurer’s Office at the Jefferson County Courthouse for those who cannot pay online, by check or with money order. To limit the number of people in the office and to ensure service can be provided while maintaining distancing and meeting sanitation standards our office will allow limited appointments for cash payments by appointment. Drop in customers will be served as time allows.
Please contact the Treasurer’s Office at 360-385-9150 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
October 13, 2020 Press Release 2nd Half Property Taxes Due November 2; Deadline will not be extended PORT TOWNSEND—Remember second installment property taxes are due soon. Mailed payments must be postmarked, put in a drop box, or paid online by Monday, November 2nd to avoid penalty and interest charges. Taxpayers who would like a receipt should include their email address to have a receipt emailed to them, or they must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with their payment to receive a hard copy receipt mailed to them.
April 10, 2020 Press Release Jefferson County Property Tax Due Date Extension Available by Application to Treasurer PORT TOWNSEND—Jefferson County Treasurer confirmed property taxes are still due April 30, 2020, and a program is available to grant a 60-day extension for taxpayers who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to pay their first half 2020 taxes by April 30, 2020. Submittal of the affidavit was required by May 15, 2020.
March 20, 2020 Press Release Pay Early If You Can! PORT TOWNSEND—To respond to the economic impacts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jefferson County Treasurer is encouraging property owners who are financially able to pay first half or full year property taxes early to fund essential services needed now and in the months to come. To encourage online payments and assist those affected by the State of Emergency, Treasurer Stacie Prada has negotiated a reduced service fee rate for payments made by eCheck and is implementing a program to forgive penalties and interest for those property owners who experience financial hardship.