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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Income Limits Raised in 2020 for Senior and Disabled Property Tax Exemptions

More Pierce County homeowners will qualify for property tax relief this year, due to an important change in State Law.  The previous maximum household income allowed for a partial tax exemption was $40,000 per year.  The new maximum is 65% of the median household median, which in Pierce County is $45,708.

If you are a homeowner at least age 61, or unable to work because of a documented disability regardless of age, and occupy your house at least 9 months a year, you may be exempted from all voted property taxes on your principal residence.  In addition, the taxable value of your primary residence will be frozen at the current amount. 

There are also additional property tax exemptions for senior or disabled homeowners with household incomes below $38,676 (55% of median) and $31,644 (45% of median).  Also, for military veterans, the required percentage of service-connected disability has been lowered from 100% to 80%.

To learn more about applying for an exemption, please click on the “Property Tax Exemptions and Deferrals” tab on the left side of this web page, then click on “Senior Citizens or Disabled Persons” to see more information about required documents and the application form. 

If you have further questions, call our Senior/Disabled Exemptions Team at 253-798-2169 from 8:30 am to 4 pm weekdays or visit us at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma. NOTE:  If you are already enrolled in the exemption program, we have placed you in the correct income category.  You will receive your Renewal or Status Change Notice as usual.

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