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Property Tax and Sales Tax

Seattle does not collect property tax.

  • Pay property tax to the county, not to the City of Seattle. To learn more about paying property taxes on land or buildings in Seattle, visit the King County website.


Seattle does not collect sales tax.

  • Customers pay retail sales taxes when they make a purchase, and Seattle businesses collect that tax. Businesses then report that sales tax to the state, not to the City of Seattle. To learn more about retail sales tax, visit the Washington State Department of Revenue website.

City Finance

Jamie Carnell, Interim Director
Address: 700 Fifth Ave., 4th Floor, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34214, Seattle, WA, 98124-4214
Phone: (206) 684-8484
tax@seattle.gov
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

City Finance manages the financial operations of the City of Seattle and oversees the City’s financial controls and enterprise reporting while working to achieve the goals set by the Mayor and the City Council.