Under Washington law, the Clark County Treasurer’s Office cannot accept prepayment of 2018 property taxes before the end of 2017, Treasurer Doug Lasher said last week. 

Some tax experts and others are urging people to pay at least some of their 2018 property taxes before the end of the year, when new tax laws passed by Congress earlier this month go into effect, a release from the county stated. Lasher said his office has received a number of calls about paying 2018 property taxes early, but that the Treasurer’s Office is unable to accept early payments. 

“Per Washington statute, we are unable to accept prepayment of taxes for future dates,” he stated in the release. 

Annual budgets are established by the taxing districts and are due to the county treasurer in early December each year, he explained. The tax roll is created each January, and tax statements are printed and mailed in February and September. Only after a property owner receives their property tax bill can it be paid in half-yearly installments or in full in April. 

Other states may allow prepayments, but the state of Washington does not, Lasher said. 

— Clark County

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