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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Steven Drew, Thurston County Assessor, 360-867-2202

Thurston Assessor Proposes Personal Property Tax Amnesty Program

OLYMPIA - People may avoid some penalties if they have not reported taxable personal properties under a program that would be administered by Thurston County Assessor Steven Drew. Legislation signed into law recently would allow the Treasurer to waive these penalties otherwise due for persons or corporations failing or refusing to deliver a list of taxable personal property. Thurston County Commissioners will consider approval of the program at their regularly scheduled meeting on April 10th.

The program, if approved, would allow waiver of penalties for assessment years 2011 and prior if all of the following circumstances are met:

1.On or before July 1, 2012, the taxpayer files with the assessor:
  • A correct list and statement of the taxable personal property required to be listed under state law, and
  • A completed application for penalty waiver in the form and manner prescribed by the Assessor

2.Full payment of the tax must be made to the county on or before September 1, 2012, to include the entire balance due on all tax liabilities for which a penalty waiver is requested.
  • Taxpayer receiving penalty relief may not seek a refund or otherwise challenge the amount of tax liability.
  • Personal property listed by the taxpayer is subject to verification by the assessor and any unreported or misreported property remains subject to taxes, penalties, and interest.

Assessor Drew says it's a chance for certain property owners to "get right" with the Assessor's Office. "My office will make every effort to get the word out and help businesses take advantage of this one time opportunity to bring their personal property reporting into compliance without penalties or interest." County Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe agrees that the program has value. "This appears to be a 'win-win' for the county and the property owners and we’re happy to consider it."

Commissioners will consider the amnesty program at their April 10th meeting at 2 PM in room 280 of Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia. Those who wish to testify on the matter can do so during the public comment part of the meeting.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3