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Head of Family Exemption


Businesses owned by sole proprietors, who are head of a family, are eligible to receive an exemption on their first $15,000 of the actual value of their assessable personal property.  This exemption is not available to partnerships or corporations.

 To be considered the head of a family, the owner must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Currently receiving an old age pension under Washington laws
  2. A citizen of the U.S., over the age of 65, and have lived in Washington continuously for ten years
  3. A married person
  4. A widow/widower still residing in the residence occupied by him/her while married
  5. A person who has under his/her care and maintenance any one of the following people: 
    • His/Her minor child or grandchild
    • The minor child/grandchild of his/her deceased spouse
    • A minor brother/sister
    • A minor child of a deceased brother/sister
    • Father, mother, grandfather or grandmother
    • The father, mother, grandfather or grandmother of your deceased spouse
    • An unmarried sister
    • Any of the relatives mentioned in this list who is at least 18 but is unable to take care of or support themselves


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Clark County Assessor's Office: Peter Van Nortwick, Assessor
Street Address: 1300 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2391 | Fax: (360) 397-6046
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
Responsible Elected Official: Peter Van Nortwick
For document requests, please contact the Assessor's Office Public Records Officer by phone
(360) 397-2092 ext. 4846 or by email

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