King County residents who pay their property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender, should circle Friday, Oct. 31 on their calendar. The second half of 2014 property taxes are due on that date.
After Oct. 31, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill. To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently.
Tax payments can be made:
• By mail if postmarked no later than Oct. 31. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.
• Online using King County’s convenient, secure online eTax application. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account called an “eCheck.”
• In person at the King County Administration Building, Suite 600 — Treasury Operations, located at 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle. Treasury Operations is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Oct. 31, Treasury Operations will be open until 5 p.m.
• At King County Community Service Centers if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the center in their area by visiting www.kingcounty.gov/CSC.
The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills. To pay online or view property tax information, taxpayers can visit www.kingcounty.gov/propertytax.
For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, contact King County Treasury Operations at www.kingcounty.gov/propertytax or by calling 206-296-0923. Information on senior citizen exemption and deferral programs can be obtained from the King County Assessor’s Office by calling 206-296-3920.