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


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

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:


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 (PDF) 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)