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  COVID-19 Response 

At this time, our office at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th Street in Tacoma, remains closed to the public, by the Governor’s order. Government offices are not allowed to re-open until Pierce County reaches Phase 3 of the Safe Start Plan.  When we are allowed to resume serving taxpayers in person, we will post that information here. Meantime we continue to serve you through this website, by email, by phone or by mail.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Our staff continues to work from home and in the office as necessary, to perform our duties related to property valuation and taxation, but we are not allowed to assist you in person. We encourage you to contact us by phone, live computer chat on this website, or by e-mail or U.S. Mail.


Payments may be made:

  • By mail to Pierce County Finance, P.O. Box 11621, Tacoma WA 98411. Make checks payable to Pierce County and please include payment stub or parcel number.
  • Online using e-check, debit card or credit card at www.piercecountywa.gov/atr or by calling our automated telephone system at (253) 798-3333.  Please have your parcel number ready. A handling fee is added by an outside vendor: 50 cents for e-check, $3.50 for debit and 2.35% for credit card.
  • Secure drop box at Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma. Do not pay in cash. In-person payments at the Assessor-Treasurer’s office are suspended until further notice.

Applications and documentation for senior and disabled tax exemptions may be mailed or dropped in a special collection box in front of the Assessor-Treasurer’s office, inside the County Annex.


Call customer service: (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) 253-798-6111
Email: pcatr@piercecountywa.gov 
Mailing address: 2401 S. 35th St Rm 142., Tacoma, WA 98409

PIERCE COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES DUE BY NOVEMBER 2

The second installment of this year’s property taxes will be due a couple days later than usual. Pierce County Assessor Treasurer Mike Lonergan explained, “Because Oct. 31 falls on a Saturday this year, we can accept tax payments that are dropped off or postmarked by the next business day, which is Monday, Nov. 2.”

The Assessor-Treasurer’s office at the Pierce County Annex must remain closed to the public until COVID-19 cases decrease enough for the county to move to Phase 3 of the State’s reopening plan. Therefore, no in-person transactions can be made at this time.

“We apologize for any inconvenience,” Lonergan said, “and we want to make sure no one misses the due date, because we are required to charge one percent monthly interest after that.”  

The Nov. 2 due date is consistent with the payment deadline set by King and Snohomish county treasurers. The payment deadline cannot be extended further, because many cities, school districts, fire districts, and other taxing districts rely on the funds for operating costs and to make debt service payments due in November.

Payments may be made:

  • By mail to Pierce County Finance, P.O. Box 11621, Tacoma WA 98411. Make checks payable to Pierce County and please include payment stub or parcel number.
  • Online using e-check, debit card or credit card at www.piercecountywa.gov/atr, or by calling the Assessor-Treasurer’s automated telephone system at 253-798-3333. Please have your parcel number ready. A handling fee is added by an outside vendor: 50 cents for e-check, $3.50 for debit and 2.35% for credit card.
  • Secure drop box at Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma. Do not pay in cash.  

ANNUAL PROPERTY VALUES SET BY COUNTY ASSESSOR-TREASURER


The latest assessed values of over 327,000 parcels of property throughout Pierce County have been mailed or emailed this week to the property owners.  These 2020 values will be used as the basis for property taxes to be billed in February of 2021.


“Homes in all parts of our County continue to increase in value,” said Mike Lonergan, Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer.  Overall, residential properties went up 8.8 percent this year, compared to 7.5 percent in 2019, due to a continued strong real estate market.


State law requires the Assessor-Treasurer to value properties as of January 1, so these values do not reflect any change that may result from the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Actually, real estate sales have continued strong so far,” Lonergan said, “and if there is a softening of the market, that will begin to show up in next year’s assessed values.” 


Lonergan cautioned homeowners not to jump to the conclusion that an increase in value will result in a tax increase.  “It’s a math equation,” he said.  “Your tax in 2021 will be the new 2020 value multiplied by the combined tax rates of your school district, city, fire district and so forth, added to the state and countywide property taxes that everyone pays.  A lot depends on votes by the public and the Legislature.” 


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 Mike Lonergan

Pierce County Assessor Treasurer



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Contact Information
Ph: (253) 798-6111
Fx: (253) 798-3142
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location
2401 S. 35th St.
Room 142
Tacoma, WA 98409
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Welcome to the Assessor-Treasurer's Website

Here you’ll find a wealth of information about each of the 330,000 properties in Pierce County, by clicking on our popular Parcel Search. You’ll also get answers to frequently asked questions about your property taxes—how values and rates are determined, where the funds collected (about $1.4 billion per year) are used, and how to go about seeking exemptions, deferrals and appeals. You can even pay your taxes online!

As your Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer, I am honored to lead a team of 77 people dedicated to serving you with respect and earning your trust. While almost no one enjoys paying taxes, we all understand that schools, roads, libraries, parks and public safety need our support. Our pledge to you is that we will make every effort to see that you are taxed fairly and correctly, and if we do make a mistake, we’ll fix it.

On behalf of over 75 taxing districts in Pierce County which are served by the Assessor-Treasurer’s office, thank you for making these public services possible by your property tax support. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed on this website—or an idea to improve our service to you, please contact us

Sincerely,
Mike Lonergan
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