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FAQ Tax Services

  1. What are your office hours?
  2. Where is your office located?
  3. Where should I mail tax payments?
  4. Can I pay my taxes anywhere else besides the Treasurer's office?
  5. Are you open during the lunch hour?
  6. I lost my statement. Can I get a new one?
  7. Clean Water Program Fee - Tax Deductable?
  8. How can I estimate my taxes?
  9. What is your fax number?
  10. Can I receive property tax information?
  11. I am a senior citizen. Can I get a break on my taxes?
  12. When are taxes due?
  13. When are tax statements mailed?
  14. If I don't pay my first half taxes by April 30th, do I have to pay my taxes in full?
  15. I don't have enough to pay even half of my taxes. Will you take a partial payment?
  16. My taxes are delinquent. Can I pay the delinquent taxes and not pay the current year?
  17. I have several pieces of property. Can I pay all of them with one check?
  18. To whom do I make my check payable?
  19. Do you accept credit cards for payment of taxes?
  20. How are Tax Levies Established?
  21. What does a tax bill look like?
  22. What personal property is subject to tax?
  23. Why did my taxes go up so much this year?
  24. I need to move my mobile home. What do I need to get a moving permit, and where do I get the permit?
  25. What is real estate excise tax?
  26. What is a lighting assessment?
  27. I am a new property owner. I received a tax statement in the mail, and my mortgage company is supposed to pay my taxes.
  28. Clark County does not issue tax Lien Certificates as Washington State is not a tax lien state.
  29. What happens in a foreclosure?
  30. How do I contest the valuation of my property taxes?
  31. How do I change my:  a) Name b) Ownership or c) Mailing address or d) Situs address corrections
  32. Can I file for an extension to pay my property taxes due April 30 or October 31?
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    Interview (09/29/2005) with both the County Assessor and Treasurer by CVTV about property taxes completed.
    This is a Windows Media file (16 minutes and 3 seconds in length)

15. What are your office hours?

We are open to the public Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., except Wednesdays - open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

16. Where is your office located?

The Public Service Center located at 1300 Franklin Street, and the Treasurer's office is on second floor.

17. Where should I mail tax payments?

Clark County Treasurer, P.O. Box 9808, Vancouver, WA 98666-8808.

18. Can I pay my taxes anywhere else besides the Treasurer's office?

Yes, a variety of methods: By traditional Mail, On-Line on the Clark County Property Information Center (credit card or E-Check), and with paperless billing with doxo (E-Check only).

19. Are you open during the lunch hour?

Yes. We are open continuously from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesdays - open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

20. I lost my statement. Can I get a new one?

Yes, duplicate statements can be printed and mailed upon request, please call (360) 397-2252.

21. Clean Water Program Fee - Tax Deductable?

The Clean Water Program is a fee, not a tax, thus NOT deductable for your personal residence. For a Rental Property this would be considered an expense. PLEASE refer to a tax accountant or the IRS if there are further questions.

22. How can I estimate my taxes?

You can estimate the property taxes if you know the "Assessed value" and the tax levy rate. For example, if the assessed value is $200,000 and the tax levy rate is $13.24 (per $1,000) then:
Value           >    $200  ($200,000 divided by 1,000)
     x Levy rate   >    13.24
     = Taxes        >   $2,648

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23. What is your fax number?

(360) 397- 6042

24. Can I receive property tax information?

Yes, if you know your tax account number. View your tax information on-line by entering your property address or tax account number below.

Street Address
Property Account Number

25. I am a senior citizen. Can I get a break on my taxes?

There are property tax exemptions for certain senior citizens/disabled taxpayers. The Assessor's Office administers the tax exemption program. Please call (360) 397-2391.

26. When are taxes due?

Property taxes are due April 30. If a payment due date falls on a weekend, payment is due the next business day. If the bill is over $50 and half of the tax bill was paid on or before April 30, the second-half of the bill may be paid by October 31.

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27. When are tax statements mailed?

We mail your property tax statements during the month of February and the second half property taxes in September.

28. If I don't pay my first half taxes by April 30, do I have to pay my taxes in full?

No, you may pay your first-half taxes, with applicable interest and penalty through October 31. (RCW 84.56.020)

29. I don't have enough to pay even half of my taxes. Will you take a partial payment?

No. Washington State law (RCW 84.56.020) does not allow the Treasurer to accept partial payments.

30. My taxes are delinquent. Can I pay the delinquent taxes and not pay the current year?

Yes, you may pay the delinquent taxes in full, with applicable interest and penalty without paying the current year.

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31. I have several pieces of property. Can I pay all of them with one check?

Yes.

32. To whom do I make my check payable?

Clark County Treasurer.

33. Do you accept credit cards for payment of taxes?

Yes, We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and Electronic Check (ACH) and there is a convenience fee. For more On-Line Payment FAQ's.

34. How are Tax Levies Established?

Your property tax levy rate is an amount derived by dividing the amount of each taxing district's budget within the area you live (we call this a code district) by the total assessed value of the property within the district. Each of the various taxing districts' levy rates calculated in this manner is added together to derive your combined rate.

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35. What does a tax bill look like?

The attached file is a 2010 Tax Statement (click the link above)

36 . What personal property is subject to tax?

Taxes are collected on business equipment, farm and ranch equipment, utilities and mobile homes. This is all considered Personal Property. Approximately 12,000 Personal Property tax bills are mailed each year. First half tax bills are mailed the middle of February of each year and the second half are mailed in September. Personal Property tax is based on the value of existing property as of January 1st of the prior year.

37. Why did my taxes go up so much this year?

Your assessed value may be higher this year due to a re-evaluation by the Assessor. Also, the rate in your district could be higher this year due to school levies, etc.

38. I need to move my mobile home. What do I need to get a moving permit, and where do I get the permit?

According to the type of movement, there may be different requirements. Generally taxes must be current, if moving out of the County into another County in the state of Washington, the advance year tax must be paid prior to the moving permit being issued. There is no charge for the permit itself. The permit is prepared in the County Treasurer's Office. Please contact the Treasurer's Office for further details.

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39. What is real estate excise tax?

Real Estate Excise tax is the tax charged on the sale of real property. The rates vary from 1.53% to 1.78%, calculated on the sale price. Excise tax is due 30 days from the date of the sale and is collected by the County Treasurer.

40. What is a lighting assessment?

A lighting assessment is the charge for the maintenance of the street lights outside of the city limits. The County Treasurer acts on behalf of the Clark Public Utilities to collect this assessment. For questions regarding street light outages, damaged poles, etc., please contact the Clark Public Utilities at 360-992-3000.

41. I am a new property owner. I received a tax statement in the mail, and my mortgage company is supposed to pay my taxes.

When ownership changes on any real property, we send the new owner a courtesy property tax statement. If your mortgage company is to pay your taxes you need to verify with them that they will be paying these for you.

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42. Clark County does not issue tax Lien Certificates as Washington State is not a tax lien state.

43. What happens in a foreclosure?

A foreclosure auction occurs each year within the first three months. Parcels are sold for taxes, interest and penalties owing, plus costs.

Notification of pending foreclosure action is sent to property owners the beginning of February of each year. Property owners have through June 30 of each year to pay only the year which is placing them into foreclosure to remove their property from the foreclosure process.

After June 30 of each year, if accounts are still greater than three years delinquent, all taxes interest, penalties and costs (RCW 84.64), must be paid to remove the parcel from the foreclosure process. Additional costs are added to each account as they are accrued by the Treasurer's Office. Title reports are generated, notices within the local newspapers are published and certified notices are mailed out to all parties with an interest in the property. Each year approximately five parcels are auctioned. A listing of pending sale items is available for viewing on-line at the Clark County Treasurer's web page in the late fall of each year. For additional information please call (360) 397-6038.

44. How do I contest the valuation of my property taxes?

There are two ways to appeal your property tax valuation: you may file a petition contesting your valuation with the County Board of Equalization or you can file a written protest at the time you pay your tax and then file an action in superior or federal court.  For the full instructions (PDF 67kb)

45. How do I change my:  a) Name b) Ownership or c) Mailing address or d) Situs Address Corrections.

These changes are completed through the Assessors office.  Each type of change, Name or Ownership or Mailing address has it's own form that is printed and mailed back to the County. 

46. Can I file for an extension to pay my property taxes due April 30 or October 31?

No, Washington State law does not allow a taxpayer to file an extension to pay property taxes except under RCW 84.56.020 (6), when a taxpayer is in activity duty in a military conflict or under RCW 84.56.028, when notice has been given due to the death of a taxpayer spouse. Interest and penalty charges will apply after the due dates of April 30 or October 31. Taxpayers have three years to pay their property taxes before foreclosure action is taken by the Treasurer's Office.

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A new service is available, a free sign-up is required, to pay with NO fee from your checking account. Sign-up at www.DOXO.com/clarkcounty

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Clark County Treasurer's Office:
Street Address: 1300 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2252 | Fax: (360) 397-6042
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
Office Hours: 8-5 except Wednesday 9-5 | Phone Hours: 9-5
E-mail: treasoff@clark.wa.gov
Responsible Elected Official: Doug Lasher

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