215 South Oak Street, Room # 103 Colville, WA 99114
Telephone: (509) 684-2593, TTY: (800) 833-6388, Fax: (509) 685-0675, Email:
taxinfo@co.stevens.wa.us
Office Hours: Monday - Friday  8:30AM - 12:00 PM    1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Page last updated:  January 07, 2013

MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PROPERTY TAXES & ASSESSMENTS

 

1. When are property tax bills sent to taxpayers?

They are mailed annually, within the month of February.

2. Does my payment for taxes have to be in the Treasurer's office by the due date?

No, only the postmark is required by the due dates of April 30th and October 31st.

3.  If the due date falls on a Holiday or a Sunday, what is the due date for postmark?

The due date would then be the next business day (RCW 1.12.070).  

4. If I have delinquent taxes, when will the County begin foreclosure?

Real property foreclosure occurs when taxes become three full years delinquent. Personal property taxes follow different rules. If those taxes are delinquent, they are in immediate distraint (foreclosure); so these taxes cannot be outstanding as of May 1 and November 1.

5. What do I need to do if I need the "situs or location address" of my property?

Parcel information can be found on the Stevens County Assessor's website (link: http://www.co.stevens.wa.us/assessor/assessor.htm).  To obtain an address contact Stevens County GIS  at: (509) 684-7505 or check their Stevens County web site (link: http://www.co.stevens.wa.us/GIS/gis.htm).  Then click on "Addressing".

6. How do I make a taxpayer name or address change?

You may do this via our web site at NAME AND ADDRESS CHANGES for Taxpayer Records or you may send a letter to our office to request a name and or address change. Please be sure to include your parcel number(s) on all correspondence.

REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY TRANSFERS

1.  What are the Mobile Home Moving requirements?

    a.  IF MOBILE HOME IS SELLING AND STAYING IN SAME LOCATION…..

            Mobile Home taxes must be current

            Mobile Home excise affidavit completed and excise tax must be paid.

                Note:  Should have mobile home parcel number.

     b.  IF MOBILE HOME IS SELLING AND MOVING WITHIN THE COUNTY……

             Mobile Home taxes must be paid in full.

             Mobile Home excise affidavit completed ($10.00 fee charged)

             WAC No. 458-61A-215 (Fill out clearing title form for DOR)

             Sales tax to be paid at the Auditor’s Office in the Licensing Dept.

             Moving Certificate for Mobile Home Movement completed.

             Orange decal issued.

     c.  IF MOBILE HOME IS SELLING AND/OR MOVING OUT OF COUNTY……..

    Mobile home taxes must be paid in full.

    Assessor’s Office will do cancellation/supplemental, if on real property.

    Advance tax to be collected (see Assessors Office for supplemental).

    Mobile home excise affidavit completed ($10.00 fee charged)

     WAC No. 458-61A-215

     Sales tax to be paid at the Auditor’s Office (if sold).

     Moving Certificate for Mobile Home Movement completed.

     Orange decal issued.

     d.  IF MOBILE HOME IS SOLD AND/OR MOVING OUT OF STATE…….

     Mobile Home taxes must be paid in full.

     No excise tax (only collect the $10.00 exempt fee), advance tax or sales tax is collected (will be collected in new state).

     Real estate excise affidavit completed ($10.00 fee charged).

     WAC No. 458-61A-215 (Fill out clearing title form for DOR).

     Moving Certificate for Mobile Home Movement completed.

     Orange decal issued.

     e.  IF MOVING MOBILE HOME PRIVATELY (THEMSELVES)…….

      Will need to have proof of taxes paid in full (presented to DOT).

      Get trip permit and oversize permit from DOT,

      (Contact DOL - Department of Licensing where you get your drivers license @ 684-7410)

      Mobile home excise affidavit completed ($10.00 fee charged).

      WAC No. 458-61A-215 (Fill out clearing title form for DOR).

      Moving Certificate for Mobile Home Movement completed with permit numbers

      From DOT noted on certificate.

      Orange decal issued with DOT numbers noted on decal.

***Note:  If mobile home is licensed no moving certificate is required.***

2. I want to sell my real or personal property. Are there special requirements?

For all such transfers of property, a Real Estate Excise Tax or a Mobile Home Excise Tax Affidavit is required to be completed and filed with the County Treasurer; as well, the documents must be recorded with the Recording and/or Licensing Division of the County Auditor’s Office. Payment of real estate excise tax must be made at the time the Real Estate Excise Tax is filed with the County Treasurer. Please contact the Treasurers office for the amount of excise due on the property being transferred. If there are advance taxes due in the case of personal property and mobile homes, it must be paid at this time also.

3. How long do I have to process my property transfer and pay excise tax?

Thirty days (30) from the date of the document to avoid interest and penalty on the excise tax due.

4. I am gifting my property.  Is there anything else I need to do?

A Real Estate Supplemental form must be completed and signed by both parties, and it must accompany the completion of a Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit. Those documents are filed with the County Treasurer’s Office and are subject to a $10.00 fee if there are no taxes due.

If you are giving your mobile home to someone without any consideration (gifting), you will be asked to complete a real estate supplemental form, signed by both parties and must accompany the completed Mobile Home Excise form. These documents are filed with the county Treasurers office along with a $10.00 fee if no taxes are due on the mobile home.

 

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