What kinds of property are taxable?
Under Washington state law, two types of property can be assessed and taxed:
1. Real property (real estate) which means land, improvements attached to the land (buildings, etc.) and improvements to the land (driveways, bulkheads, etc.)
2. Personal property means assets used in the operation of a business such as: machinery, equipment, signs, furniture, fixtures and supplies consumed in the operation of a commercial, industrial or agricultural enterprise. Privately owned vehicles, household goods, furniture and personal effects typically are not subject to property tax. Floating homes also are valued as personal property. Mobile homes are valued as personal property when they are located on leased land. Otherwise, they are valued as real property.

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1. How is the value of real property determined?
2. Is property assessed at its full value?
3. What determines the amount of property tax?
4. How is the value of personal property determined?
5. How am I notified of my property's value?
6. What kinds of property are taxable?
7. How are property tax levies established?
8. What are the legal limitations or property taxes?
9. What happens if levy limits are exceeded?
10. How will I know how much property tax is due?
11. How do I qualify for a property tax exemption or deferral?
12. How do I appeal the value placed on my property?
13. What other types of exemptions are available?
14. What other kinds of property are exempt?
15. If I move, where do I send my address change?
16. How do obtain other information and assistance?