Property Tax Statements FAQ:
When are the tax statements mailed?
Tax statements are mailed out annually by the Clallam County Treasurer's Office, generally during the second half of February. Tax statements are sent to the last known address on file. If you do not receive your statement by the 15th of March, please contact this office to make sure we have your correct mailing address. If property has been purchased after the tax statements have been mailed in February, a corrected statement will be mailed to the new owner. If you have not received a statement within thirty days of purchase, please contact us. Failure to receive a tax statement does not waive your responsibility to pay your property taxes when due.
Why did my 2013 property taxes go up when my assessed value went down?
When are property taxes due?
Under state law, any tax or assessment under $50 is due in full on April 30th; otherwise, they may be paid in one-half installments with the first half due no later than April 30th and the second half due no later than October 31st.
If April 30 or October 31 falls on a weekend or state holiday, taxes are due on the next business day, either in person or postmarked. If using the postal service, please make sure to deposit your envelope before the mail box is emptied. Some mail boxes are emptied quite early in the afternoon and tax payments deposited in a mail box that has already been emptied for the day will be post-marked the next business day.
Can I make a partial payment?
Under state law, any tax or assessment under $50 is due in full on April 30th; otherwise, they may be paid in one-half installments with the first half due no later than April 30th and the second half due no later than October 31st. Payments for less than these amounts will be returned.
Prior year delinquent taxes and current year property taxes paid after October 31 must be paid in their entirety, per year, together with all accumulated interest and penalty for that year (for instance, if you want to pay towards backtaxes you owe for 2009 and 2010, you can either pay for all of 2009, including interest and penalty, or 2010, including interest and penalty, or, of course, both years together). Payments for less than these amounts will be returned. To verify amount due, please call 360-417-2344.
I paid too much. Can I get a refund?
We will issue a refund for any amount over $10. Refunds will be held for 15 business days until the original payment has cleared the bank.
Imposition of interest, and penalties (pursuant to RCW 84.56.020).
- First half taxes must be paid or postmarked by April 30th. Delinquent interest starts May 1st at 1% per month based on the full year tax due.
- Second half taxes must be paid or postmarked by Oct. 31st. Delinquent interest starts November 1st at 1% per month based on the balance due.
- In addition to interest, penalties are assessed on June 1st at 3% and on December 1st at 8%, both on delinquent current year taxes.
- For clarification, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 360-417-2344 or 1-866-417-0328.
Paying your property taxes.
You can use the convenience envelopes included in your property tax bill or pay at the Clallam County Treasurer’s Office, Suite 3, 223 E. 4th St., Port Angeles. For other payment options, see Pay your property taxes.
Courthouse closed on furlough dates.
During the 2013 budget preparation process, the Board of County Commissioners identified a significant budget shortfall and a number of program and position cuts were implemented. In order to preserve remaining services and reduce the need for further reductions in workforce, the County Commissioners voted to mandate leave by all furlough-eligible County employees on the following days during the 2013 calendar year. As a result, the County courthouse, including the Treasurer’s Office, will be closed for business* on the following days (in addition to all federal holidays as well as the day after Thanksgiving):
*Although twenty-four hour courthouse operations will be open, and courts will be open on some furlough days. For more information, please check out Courthouse hours.
Tax payment information.
To find out how much was paid in property taxes on a particular property (for federal tax purposes), or how much is owed in property taxes, interest, and penalty, go toour Property Search page and use one of the search type options to find your property. Then click the "View Details" link at the far right of your property. You will find both this year's taxes and last year's taxes under "Taxes and Assessment Details." If you want a receipt, please send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a note indicating for which year you want to receive a receipt.
If I have delinquent taxes, when will the County begin
Real property foreclosure occurs when taxes are three years delinquent.
Personal property becomes delinquent if
the first half tax is not paid by April 30th.
I just purchased this property, and the tax statement you sent me shows
delinquent taxes owing, am I responsible for paying those?
Taxes follow the property, not the taxpayer. The county does not foreclose
on people, only parcels. It is your responsibility to ascertain the condition
of taxes prior to purchase.