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Washington - Local Standards: Housing and Utilities

Disclaimer: IRS Collection Financial Standards are intended for use in calculating repayment of delinquent taxes. These Standards are effective on March 27, 2017 for purposes of federal tax administration only. Expense information for use in bankruptcy calculations can be found on the website for the U.S. Trustee Program.

The housing and utilities standards are derived from U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and are provided by state down to the county level. The standard for a particular county and family size includes both housing and utilities allowed for a taxpayer's primary place of residence. Generally, the total number of persons allowed for determining family size should be the same as those allowed as exemptions on the taxpayer's most recent year income tax return.

Housing and utilities standards include mortgage or rent, property taxes, interest, insurance, maintenance, repairs, gas, electric, water, heating oil, garbage collection, residential telephone service, cell phone service, cable television, and internet service. The tables include five categories for one, two, three, four, and five or more persons in a household.

The taxpayer is allowed the standard amount, or the amount actually spent on housing and utilities, whichever is less. If the amount claimed is more than the total allowed by the housing and utilities standards, the taxpayer must provide documentation to substantiate those expenses are necessary living expenses.

Maximum Monthly Allowance
County Housing and Utilities for a Family of 1 Housing and Utilities for a Family of 2 Housing and Utilities for a Family of 3 Housing and Utilities for a Family of 4 Housing and Utilities for a Family of 5 or more
Adams County

1,228

1,442

1,520

1,695

1,722

Asotin County

1,268

1,489

1,569

1,749

1,778

Benton County

1,372

1,611

1,698

1,893

1,924

Chelan County

1,370

1,610

1,696

1,891

1,922

Clallam County

1,403

1,647

1,736

1,936

1,967

Clark County

1,614

1,896

1,998

2,228

2,264

Columbia County

1,225

1,439

1,516

1,690

1,718

Cowlitz County

1,384

1,626

1,713

1,910

1,941

Douglas County

1,410

1,656

1,745

1,946

1,977

Ferry County

1,211

1,423

1,499

1,671

1,698

Franklin County

1,312

1,541

1,624

1,811

1,840

Garfield County

1,062

1,247

1,314

1,465

1,489

Grant County

1,215

1,427

1,504

1,677

1,704

Grays Harbor County

1,255

1,474

1,553

1,732

1,760

Island County

1,669

1,961

2,066

2,304

2,341

Jefferson County

1,441

1,692

1,783

1,988

2,020

King County

2,098

2,465

2,597

2,896

2,942

Kitsap County

1,670

1,962

2,067

2,305

2,342

Kittitas County

1,485

1,744

1,838

2,049

2,082

Klickitat County

1,412

1,658

1,747

1,948

1,979

Lewis County

1,315

1,544

1,627

1,814

1,843

Lincoln County

1,210

1,422

1,498

1,670

1,697

Mason County

1,387

1,628

1,716

1,913

1,944

Okanogan County

1,179

1,385

1,459

1,627

1,653

Pacific County

1,162

1,365

1,438

1,603

1,629

Pend Oreille County

1,130

1,327

1,398

1,559

1,584

Pierce County

1,709

2,007

2,115

2,358

2,396

San Juan County

1,758

2,065

2,176

2,426

2,465

Skagit County

1,608

1,889

1,990

2,219

2,255

Skamania County

1,501

1,763

1,858

2,072

2,105

Snohomish County

1,888

2,218

2,337

2,606

2,648

Spokane County

1,369

1,608

1,694

1,889

1,919

Stevens County

1,252

1,471

1,550

1,728

1,756

Thurston County

1,650

1,938

2,042

2,277

2,314

Wahkiakum County

1,345

1,579

1,664

1,855

1,885

Walla Walla County

1,400

1,645

1,733

1,932

1,963

Whatcom County

1,600

1,879

1,980

2,208

2,243

Whitman County

1,363

1,601

1,687

1,881

1,911

Yakima County

1,290

1,516

1,597

1,781

1,809


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