Taxpayers may request a direct appeal to the State Board of Tax Appeals when the taxpayer, Assessor, and the County Board of Equalization agree that a direct appeal is appropriate. The State Board may accept or reject the request.
A direct appeal may be appropriate when a property valuation matter involves complex issues or requires expertise beyond the County Board of Equalization’s proficiency.
To request a direct appeal, taxpayers must obtain the agreement of both the County Assessor’s Office and County Board of Equalization. The completed direct appeal request form and a completed notice of appeal (or the pleading if the matter is to be a formal appeal) must be filed with WSBTA.
Please note that this policy regarding direct appeals is new as of February, 2020. For additional information, see RCW 84.40.038(3) and WAC 458-14-171.