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Real estate transfer tax

New York State imposes a real estate transfer tax on conveyances of real property or interests therein when the consideration exceeds $500.

Tax rate

Tax is computed at a rate of two dollars for each $500, or fractional part thereof, of consideration.

An additional real estate transfer tax (sometimes referred to as the "mansion tax") of 1% of the sale price applies to residences where consideration is $1 million or more.

Who pays the tax

The tax is paid by the grantor (seller). However, if the grantor doesn't pay the tax, or is exempt from the tax, the grantee (buyer) must pay the tax.

The additional 1% real estate transfer tax is paid by the grantee. If the grantee is exempt, the grantor must pay the tax. 

File and pay tax

Nonresident filing requirements

Nonresidents must compute the gain (or loss) and pay any estimated personal income tax due from the sale or transfer of certain real property, including cooperative units. Nonresidents who don't qualify under one of the exemptions shown on Form TP-584, Schedule D must present one of the following forms to the recording officer or directly to the Tax Department at the same time Form TP 584 is filed:

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Updated: December 22, 2011