Excise Tax - Sell/Transfer Property

As authorized per RCW 82.45 & 82.46 , a combined real estate excise tax is imposed on every sale of real property in Grays Harbor County. This tax is due at the time of the sale and is collected by the county treasurer when the documents are presented for recording. When the controlling interest of an entity that owns property in Washington State is sold, the tax is collected by the Washington State Department of Revenue.

 space1x100  Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit 84-0001
   Real Estate Excise Tax Supplement Statement 84-0002
   Mobile Home Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit 84-0003


Prior to recording, a completed REAL ESTATE EXCISE TAX AFFIDAVIT, the ORIGINAL DOCUMENT, and the EXCISE TAX PAYMENT must be submitted to the GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY TREASURER for processing. The minimum processing fee on any transaction is $10.00 ($5.00 affidavit processing fee plus $5.00 State Technology Automation fee). The amount due on a taxable transaction is the calculated tax (sales price multiplied by the excise tax rate) plus the $5.00 automation fee. Please remit payment of the excise tax to the Grays Harbor County Treasurer.  DO NOT combine payment of this tax with the recording fee.

Any claim for exemption must cite the specific Washington Administrative Code (WAC) number, section and subsection and provide a brief explanation. Most tax exemptions require specific documentation. Completion of the Real Estate Excise Tax Supplemental Statement (Form 84-0002) is required in addition to the REET affidavit when claiming a Gift transfer as per WAC 458-61A-201.

The Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit (Form 84-0001a), the Real Estate Excise Tax Supplemental Statement (Form 84-0002) and the Mobile Home Real Estate Excise Tax Affidavit (Form 84-0003) are available from the WA State Department of Revenue or County Treasurer offices.  In addition, PDF versions of these forms are available on this web site. Original signatures of both the GRANTOR(s) and GRANTEE(s) are required on the Treasurer’s Copy of the affidavit and on the Supplemental Statement.

***PLEASE NOTE: If Real Estate Excise Tax Affivdavit is not legible for digital imaging, it may be returned to be appropriately formatted on 8 1/2" x 14" legal size paper.***

The tax rates currently in effect in Grays Harbor County are as follows:

AreaState Tax RateLocal Tax RateCombined Tax Rate
Aberdeen 1.28% .25% 1.53%
Cosmopolis 1.28% .25% 1.53%
Elma 1.28% .25% 1.53%
Hoquiam 1.28% .25% 1.53%
McCleary 1.28% .25% 1.53%
Montesano 1.28% .25% 1.53%
Oakville 1.28% .25% 1.53%
Ocean Shores 1.28% .25% 1.53%
Westport 1.28% .25% 1.53%
County (Unincorp.) 1.28% .25% 1.53%