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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 26, 2018 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 2018 Published Housing and Utilities for a Family of 1 2018 Published Housing and Utilities for a Family of 2 2018 Published Housing and Utilities for a Family of 3 2018 Published Housing and Utilities for a Family of 4 2018 Published Housing and Utilities for a Family of 5
Adams County 1,277 1,500 1,581 1,763 1,791
Asotin County 1,284 1,508 1,589 1,772 1,800
Benton County 1,412 1,658 1,747 1,948 1,979
Chelan County 1,420 1,668 1,758 1,960 1,992
Clallam County 1,403 1,648 1,737 1,937 1,968
Clark County 1,657 1,946 2,051 2,287 2,324
Columbia County 1,285 1,509 1,590 1,773 1,801
Cowlitz County 1,412 1,658 1,747 1,948 1,979
Douglas County 1,462 1,717 1,809 2,017 2,050
Ferry County 1,286 1,511 1,592 1,775 1,804
Franklin County 1,349 1,584 1,669 1,861 1,891
Garfield County 1,171 1,375 1,449 1,616 1,642
Grant County 1,244 1,461 1,540 1,717 1,745
Grays Harbor County 1,282 1,506 1,587 1,770 1,798
Island County 1,691 1,986 2,093 2,334 2,371
Jefferson County 1,475 1,732 1,825 2,035 2,068
King County 2,144 2,518 2,653 2,958 3,006
Kitsap County 1,693 1,988 2,095 2,336 2,374
Kittitas County 1,540 1,809 1,906 2,125 2,159
Klickitat County 1,409 1,655 1,744 1,945 1,976
Lewis County 1,324 1,554 1,638 1,826 1,856
Lincoln County 1,248 1,465 1,544 1,722 1,749
Mason County 1,400 1,645 1,733 1,932 1,963
Okanogan County 1,215 1,427 1,504 1,677 1,704
Pacific County 1,185 1,391 1,466 1,635 1,661
Pend Oreille County 1,216 1,428 1,505 1,678 1,705
Pierce County 1,728 2,029 2,138 2,384 2,422
San Juan County 1,792 2,105 2,218 2,473 2,513
Skagit County 1,635 1,920 2,023 2,256 2,292
Skamania County 1,502 1,764 1,859 2,073 2,106
Snohomish County 1,909 2,242 2,363 2,635 2,677
Spokane County 1,384 1,626 1,713 1,910 1,941
Stevens County 1,256 1,475 1,554 1,733 1,761
Thurston County 1,665 1,956 2,061 2,298 2,335
Wahkiakum County 1,409 1,655 1,744 1,945 1,976
Walla Walla County 1,422 1,670 1,760 1,962 1,994
Whatcom County 1,634 1,919 2,022 2,255 2,291
Whitman County 1,388 1,630 1,718 1,916 1,946
Yakima County 1,312 1,541 1,624 1,811 1,840

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