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April 22, 2008

Sheriff’s Deeds and Tax Stamps

by @ 3:03 pm. Filed under Real Estate

Are tax stamps due on a conveyance made by a Sheriff’s Deed? Yes, according to the Department of Revenue. This question arose recently when a customer who had purchase property at a Sheriff’s Sale came in to record the deed from the sheriff. When we asked for the payment of the deeds excise tax, the customer balked, claiming that he records such deeds at “many other registries” and that he has never been charged the excise tax. We persisted and he paid it – it was less than $100 – but continued to pursue the matter. When I finally spoke with the customer, I urged him to file a Form CA-6 (Request for Abatement) with DOR since even if we had erroneously collected the tax, an abatement was the only way to get his money back. In the meantime, we decided to confirm our practice and queried DOR. The response – on a sheriff’s deed, “deeds excise tax is due on the amount of the bid plus any costs paid by the purchaser.”

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