Chapter 3.10
REAL ESTATE EXCISE TAX

Sections:

3.10.010  One‑quarter percent excise tax on real estate sales.

3.10.020  Additional one-quarter percent excise tax on real estate sales.

3.10.030  County to collect payment.

3.10.040  Tax is obligation of seller.

3.10.050  Tax lien on real property.

3.10.060  Duties of County Treasurer.

3.10.070  Payment.

3.10.080  Refunds.

3.10.090  Creation of special capital improvement fund.

3.10.100  Penalty.

3.10.010 One‑quarter percent excise tax on real estate sales.

A. Imposition. Pursuant to RCW 82.46.010, there is imposed an excise tax on each sale of real property in the City constituting a taxable event as defined in Chapter 82.45 RCW, as the same now exists or may hereafter be amended. The tax imposed under this section shall be collected from persons who are taxable by the State under Chapter 82.45 RCW, as the same now exists or may hereafter be amended, and such tax shall comply with all applicable rules, regulations, laws and court decisions regarding real estate excise taxes as imposed by the State under Chapters 82.45 and 82.46 RCW, and Chapter 458‑61 WAC, as the same now exist or may hereafter be amended.

B. Tax Rate. The rate of tax imposed by this section pursuant to RCW 82.46.010, as the same exists or may hereafter be amended, shall be one‑quarter of one percent of the selling price of all real property upon which this tax is imposed.

C. Use of Proceeds. All proceeds from the tax imposed by this section shall be placed by the City Manager or authorized designee in the City's capital improvement fund established under MVMC 3.10.090 and shall be used solely for financing capital projects, as defined in RCW 82.46.010(6), as the same exists or may hereafter be amended, specified in the capital facilities plan element of the City's comprehensive plan or for housing relocation assistance under RCW 59.18.440 and 59.18.450. (Ord. O-97-09 § 1).

3.10.020 Additional one-quarter percent excise tax on real estate sales.

A. Imposition. Pursuant to RCW 82.46.035, there is imposed an additional excise tax on each sale of real property constituting a taxable event as defined in Chapter 82.45 RCW, and occurring within the corporate limits of the City. The tax imposed under this section shall be collected from persons who are taxable by the State under Chapter 82.45 RCW and such tax shall comply with all applicable rules, regulations, laws and court decisions regarding real estate excise taxes as imposed by the State under Chapter 82.45 RCW.

B. Tax Rate. The rate of tax imposed by this section, pursuant to RCW 82.46.035, shall be one‑quarter of one percent of the selling price of all real property upon which this tax is imposed by subsection (A) of this section.

C. Use of Proceeds. Revenues generated from the tax imposed by this section shall be used solely for the financing of capital projects specified in a capital facilities plan element of a comprehensive plan approved by the City Council. (Ord. O-97-09 § 2).

3.10.030 County to collect payment.

The County Treasurer shall collect the taxes imposed by this chapter. The County Treasurer shall place one percent of the proceeds of the taxes imposed and collected by this chapter in the County's current expense fund to defray costs of collection. The remaining proceeds from City taxes imposed by this chapter shall be distributed to the City monthly. (Ord. O-97-09 § 3).

3.10.040 Tax is obligation of seller.

The taxes imposed by this chapter are the obligation of the seller and may be enforced through the action of debt against the seller or in the manner prescribed for the foreclosure of mortgages, without the necessity of an election of remedies. (Ord. O-97-09 § 4).

3.10.050 Tax lien on real property.

The taxes imposed by this chapter and any interest or penalties thereon is a specific lien upon each piece of real property sold from the time of sale or until the tax is paid, which lien may be enforced in the manner prescribed for the foreclosure of mortgages. Resort to one course of enforcement is not an election not to pursue the other. (Ord. O-97-09 § 5).

3.10.060 Duties of County Treasurer.

The taxes imposed by this chapter shall be paid to and collected by the County Treasurer. The County Treasurer shall cause a stamp evidencing satisfaction of the lien to be affixed to the instrument of sale or conveyance prior to its recording, or to the real estate excise tax affidavit in the case of used mobile home sales. A receipt issued by the County Treasurer for the payment of the tax imposed herein shall be evidence of the satisfaction of the lien imposed by this chapter and may be recorded in the manner prescribed for recording satisfactions of mortgages. No instrument of sale or conveyance evidencing a sale subject to the tax may be accepted by the King County department of records and elections for filing or recording until the tax is paid and the stamp affixed thereto. In case the tax is not due on the transfer, the instrument shall not be accepted until suitable notation of this fact is made on the instrument by the County Treasurer. (Ord. O-97-09 § 6).

3.10.070 Payment.

The tax imposed by this chapter shall become due and payable immediately at the time of the sale, and if not so paid within 30 days thereafter shall bear interest at the maximum rate permitted by law from the time of sale until the date of payment. (Ord. O-97-09 § 7).

3.10.080 Refunds.

If, upon written application by a taxpayer to the County Treasurer for a refund, it appears that tax has been paid in excess of the amount actually due or upon a sale or other transfer declared to be exempt, such excess amount or improper payment shall be refunded by the County Treasurer to the taxpayer; provided, that no refund shall be made unless the State has first authorized the refund of an excessive amount or an improper amount paid, unless such improper amount was paid as a result of miscalculation. Any refund made shall be withheld from the next monthly distribution to the City. (Ord. O-97-09 § 8).

3.10.090 Creation of special capital improvement fund.

A. There is created a special fund to be known as the "special capital improvement fund," into which shall be deposited all proceeds of the tax imposed by MVMC 3.10.010.

B. Revenues generated by the tax imposed by MVMC 3.10.020 shall be deposited in a separate subaccount of the special capital improvement fund. (Ord. O-97-09 § 9).

3.10.100 Penalty.

It is unlawful for any person to fail or refuse to pay taxes with intent to violate the provisions of this chapter. Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, punished pursuant to State law or City ordinance. (Ord. O-97-09 § 10).