Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit
Affidavit & Document Submission
Due to budget restraints and lack of staffing, this office does not have the staff to walk you through the often complicated legalities involved in transferring property. Our primary responsibility is to compare the information on the excise affidavit with the information on the deed or real estate contract you present to ensure it matches.
This office does not provide any legal documents or real estate excise affidavits, nor can we give legal advice or assist with preparing the documents.
Deed Preparation Resources
- Title Companies
- Escrow Companies
- Real Estate Attorneys
The law library in the court house has examples of different types of deeds / documents
Locate Legal Documents / Deeds
- Larger stationery stores
- Office supply stores
Check with the Auditors document recording division for recording requirements such as margins and fees 425-388-3483
Real Estate Affidavits Resources
- Download from the internet: fifth page is instructions; minimum three copies required.
Libraries have computers and printers for public use.
Excise Tax Resources
Excise tax must be paid at the time processed:
- We do not bill later.
- Credit cards are not accepted for paying excise-checks, cash, and money order only.
- Effective as of June 27, 2013, payment made by check must be limited to one check per transaction.
Supporting documentation is required for some transactions. There are no exceptions to what is listed in the Washington administration codes.
If excise staff determines a transaction is taxable and you disagree your options are:
- Pay the excise tax and petition the Department of Revenue (DOR) for a refund request: a written predetermination from the DOR.
Washington State Law requires that a Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit be completed and signed prior to a deed being recorded to transfer ownership of real property.
For your convenience, some helpful hints are available to assist you in filling out the affidavit, you can find these links on the Washington State DOR real estate excise forms page.
Excise Tax Division Hours:
Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm (Closed Holidays)