Nonprofit Organizations

The exemption for nonprofit organizations is administered by the Washington State Department of Revenue. Typical organizations receiving a property tax exemption are schools, churches, cemeteries, hospitals, social service agencies, character building organizations, nursing homes, homes for the aging, museums, and public meeting halls.


Program Benefits

The law provides an exemption from the following taxes:

  • Personal Property Tax
  • Real Property Tax
  • Leasehold Excise Tax
The exemption does not include special assessments such as sewer, water, street improvements and surface water management. It is the responsibility of the nonprofit organization to pay special assessments.

For assistance or advice concerning the exemptions for nonprofit organizations, please contact the Washington State Department of Revenue.
Mail Delivery:Phone Number:E-Mail:
Dept. of Revenue
Property Tax Division
PO Box 47471
Olympia, WA 98504-7471
  360-534-1400SindyA@dor.wa.gov


  1. Eligibility
  2. Application Process

This exemption is avaiable for qualifying organizations conducting an activity specifically identified in Chapter 84.36 of the Revised Code of Washington. Not all nonprofits have a purpose and activity that entitles them to an exemption. The use of the property determines the exemption. Typical organizations receiving property tax exemption are schools, churches, cemeteries, hospitals, social service agencies, character building organizations, nursing homes, homes for the aging, museums, performing arts facilities, and public meeting halls.