For Immediate Release:
January 20, 2021
Treasurer’s Office Announces $3.3 Million Returned to Taxpayers in 2020 From Property Tax Refunds & Excess
Spokane County, WA – The Treasurer of Spokane County announced $3.3 million was returned to taxpayers in 2020 in the form of property tax refunds and excesses. Refunds and excess returns take place throughout the year as Treasurer’s Office staff identify parcels with owed balances and work with taxpayers to return their rightly owed funds.
By state law, the County Treasurer does not set tax rates or assess property values. The Treasurer of Spokane County upon receipt of the tax levy from the County Assessor certifies the tax roll, sends annual property tax statements, and collects both real and personal property taxes due twice per year.
“No one should pay any more in taxes than they rightly owe” said Michael Baumgartner, Treasurer of Spokane County “Treasurer’s Office staff worked with taxpayers to return $3.3 million in 2020 in dollars rightly owed to the citizens.”
Property tax refunds in 2020 totaled $1.599 million. Property tax refunds are most commonly a result of eligible recipients of the senior and disabled property tax exemption program. The County Assessor’s Office administers the exemption program to taxpayers that meet certain income and age requirements. The Treasurer may refund taxes paid up to three years prior for taxpayers that are eligible for and receive the exemption for those previous years. Taxpayers interested in learning more about the exemption program should contact the Assessor’s Office at 509-477-3698.
Excess payments returned to taxpayers in 2020 totaled $1.766 payments. Excess payments may include overpayments that exceed the full year’s taxes on a parcel. Excess payments are returned to the individual or entity that made the original payment.
Property tax refunds and excess payments are made throughout the year and do not require the taxpayer contact the Treasurer’s Office.