Snohomish County first in state to offer electronic Real Estate Excise Tax processing
The Snohomish County Treasurer, Auditor and Assessor announce the launch of eREET (electronic Real Estate Excise Tax) processing. eREET will allow escrow and title companies to electronically transmit Excise Tax Affidavits to the county for processing.
Snohomish County is the first county in the State of Washington to provide electronic submittal, processing and recording of Excise Tax documents. The eREET project was made possible through grant funding from the State of Washington for technical advancements within Treasurer’s Offices throughout the state.
Approved submitters, primarily escrow and title companies, must sign a memorandum of understanding to file Real Estate Excise Tax documents electronically with the county. Northpoint Escrow and Title of Everett was a valued partner during the testing phase of the eREET project. “This new technology will increase customer satisfaction and deliver the type of service today’s consumer expects from closing companies and government agencies. We at Northpoint are proud to be associated with moving this process forward for the citizens of Snohomish County,” stated Carl Jorgensen, Northpoint vice president and Snohomish County manager.
Kirke Sievers, Snohomish County Treasurer, explained, “eREET translates into quicker processing time which benefits our staff and our customers, fewer trips to the county which benefits our customers, and less paper used in the Real Estate Excise Tax transaction which benefits the environment.” Cindy Portmann, County Assessor agreed, “moving to an electronic process is a win-win for everyone.”
The Auditor’s Office has been electronically recording non-excise documents since 2003. Close to twenty percent of documents are recorded electronically. “We worked closely with our vendor, Manatron, Inc. to be the first in the state to implement this feature and we are excited to start accepting eREET documents. With the addition of eREET, we expect to record up to fifty percent of our documents electronically within the next few years,” said County Auditor, Carolyn Weikel.