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Real Estate Excise Taxes
Real Estate Excise Tax is the tax charged on the sale of real property. The rates vary from 1.53% to 1.78% and are calculated on the sale price of the property, not the value of the property. Any time real property changes hands or consideration more than $10.00 is given for real property excise tax is assessed. When you submit your Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit (REET) you will be assessed an Excise Tax amount due.
Excise is due 30 days from the date of the sale and is collected by the County Treasurer through the Customer & Tax Service department. The excise tax due will be 1.78% of the property sale price (except for Yacolt, where the fee is 1.53%) plus a $5.00 transaction processing fee. The Excise Tax and processing fee must be paid in full before your deed or vesting information will be recorded by the Recording Department of the Auditor's Office.
All Real Estate Excise Tax transactions processed by the Treasurer's Office is sent to and reviewed by the Washington Department of Revenue.
Clark County utilizes Simplifile for electronic real estate excise processing. Where as most Real Estate Excise Tax Transactions can take 3-7 days by mail to process, Simpifile allows the Treasurer's Office to process Excise transactions in 3-7 minutes (as long as all the transaction requirements are met). Please visit Simplifile.com for more information or to submit your transaction electronically.
A sale may be exempt from excise taxes, please refer to the Washington Administrative Codes (WACs) regarding Real Estate Excise Tax.
If you are a first time home buyer and would like more information please visit Home Buying 101.
If you need current rates or forms please visit the Washington Department of Revenue's site at http://dor.wa.gov/content/GetAFormOrPublication/FormBySubject/forms_reet.aspx
If you need historical rates please visit the Washington Department of Revenue’s site at dor.wa.gov/reet and locate the file "Real Estate Excise Tax Historical Rates.xls New!" from the Forms & Publications area.
Forms needed to complete a Real Estate Excise Tax transaction:
Information needed to complete a Real Estate Excise Tax transaction: