Keller Williams Greater Seattle, Ben Kakimoto, Seattle Condo Agent

Revised Washington State Excise Tax Limits

By on January 4, 2023 in Condo Selling, Real Estate with 0 Comments

For the first time in four years the Washington Estate Excise Tax is being adjusted.

In January 2020 the state increased the excise tax rate for the sale of real estate. For some home sellers the rate decreased, but for high end luxury homes, the excise tax nearly doubled.

The excise tax rates have remain consistent since then, and there is no change to that this year. Instead, the state legislature increased the dollar sales thresholds of the various tax rates by $25,000.

For example, the lowest dollar sales threshold was for home sale values up to $500,000, now it is $525,000.

While no one likes paying more when selling their homes, given the large value ranges, a $25,000 increase won’t affect the vast majority of sellers.

Home Sales Price (Old Thresholds)Home Sale Price (New Thresholds)State Excise Tax RateState + King County Tax Rate
Up to $500,000Up to $525,0001.10%1.6%
$500,001 to $1,500,000$525,001 to $1,525,0001.28%1.78%
$1,500,0001o $3,000,00$1,525,001 to $3,025,0002.75%3.25%
$3,000,001 and higher$3,025,001 and higher3.0%3.5%

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