CHAPTER 223
REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCE TAX

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Sec. 12-494. Imposition of tax on conveyances of real property for consideration. One part payable to state and the other to municipality in which paid.
Sec. 12-494a. Deposit of portion of tax in municipal revenue sharing account.

      Sec. 12-494. Imposition of tax on conveyances of real property for consideration. One part payable to state and the other to municipality in which paid. (a) There is imposed a tax on each deed, instrument or writing, whereby any lands, tenements or other realty is granted, assigned, transferred or otherwise conveyed to, or vested in, the purchaser, or any other person by such purchaser's direction, when the consideration for the interest or property conveyed equals or exceeds two thousand dollars, (1) subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, at the rate of three-quarters of one per cent of the consideration for the interest in real property conveyed by such deed, instrument or writing, the revenue from which shall be remitted by the town clerk of the municipality in which such tax is paid, not later than ten days following receipt thereof, to the Commissioner of Revenue Services for deposit to the credit of the state General Fund, and (2) at the rate of one-fourth of one per cent of the consideration for the interest in real property conveyed by such deed, instrument or writing, provided the amount imposed under this subdivision shall become part of the general revenue of the municipality in accordance with section 12-499.

      (b) The rate of tax imposed under subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of this section shall, in lieu of the rate under said subdivision (1), be imposed on certain conveyances as follows: (1) In the case of any conveyance of real property which at the time of such conveyance is used for any purpose other than residential use, except unimproved land, the tax under said subdivision (1) shall be imposed at the rate of one and one-quarter per cent of the consideration for the interest in real property conveyed; (2) in the case of any conveyance in which the real property conveyed is a residential estate, including a primary dwelling and any auxiliary housing or structures, regardless of the number of deeds, instruments or writings used to convey such residential real estate, for which the consideration or aggregate consideration, as the case may be, in such conveyance is eight hundred thousand dollars or more, the tax under said subdivision (1) shall be imposed (A) at the rate of three-quarters of one per cent on that portion of such consideration up to and including the amount of eight hundred thousand dollars, and (B) at the rate of one and one-quarter per cent on that portion of such consideration in excess of eight hundred thousand dollars; and (3) in the case of any conveyance in which real property on which mortgage payments have been delinquent for not less than six months is conveyed to a financial institution or its subsidiary which holds such a delinquent mortgage on such property, the tax under said subdivision (1) shall be imposed at the rate of three-quarters of one per cent of the consideration for the interest in real property conveyed. For the purposes of subdivision (1) of this subsection, "unimproved land" includes land designated as farm, forest or open space land.

      (c) In addition to the tax imposed under subsection (a) of this section, any targeted investment community, as defined in section 32-222, or any municipality in which properties designated as manufacturing plants under section 32-75c are located, may, on or after March 15, 2003, impose an additional tax on each deed, instrument or writing, whereby any lands, tenements or other realty is granted, assigned, transferred or otherwise conveyed to, or vested in, the purchaser, or any other person by his direction, when the consideration for the interest or property conveyed equals or exceeds two thousand dollars, which additional tax shall be at a rate of up to one-fourth of one per cent of the consideration for the interest in real property conveyed by such deed, instrument or writing. The revenue from such additional tax shall become part of the general revenue of the municipality in accordance with section 12-499.

      (1967, P.A. 693, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 158, S. 2; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-1, S. 6, 15; P.A. 85-480, S. 1, 3; P.A. 86-397, S. 8, 10; P.A. 89-205, S. 1; 89-251, S. 19, 203; P.A. 91-356, S. 1, 3; P.A. 92-57, S. 1, 2; P.A. 03-2, S. 40; P.A. 04-201, S. 4; 04-216, S. 51; P.A. 05-268, S. 1, 2; P.A. 07-154, S. 6; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1, S. 128; June 11 Sp. Sess. P.A. 08-1, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 10-1, S. 1; P.A. 11-6, S. 102.)

      History: 1971 act substituted "consideration for the interest or property conveyed" for "consideration or value of the interest or property conveyed"; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-1 provided for imposition of a conveyance tax, payable to the state on each deed or other instrument conveying lands, tenements or other realty at the rate of 0.5% of the purchase price for the interest in real property conveyed and for continuation of the existing conveyance tax payable to the municipality at the rate of $1.10 for each $1,000 of purchase price, effective July 1, 1983, and applicable to conveyances occurring on or after said date; P.A. 85-480 amended the language of imposition so that the tax is imposed on the sale or transfer of real property and not upon the deed or instrument of conveyance; P.A. 86-397 reduced the rate of tax from .05% to .045% of the full purchase price for the interest in real property conveyed, effective June 11, 1986, and applicable to any conveyance of an interest in real property occurring on or after January 1, 1987; P.A. 89-205 made technical changes, including descriptions of the imposition of tax as applied to the deed in lieu of imposition on the sale or transfer of an interest in real property and of the rate of tax as being applied to the consideration for the interest conveyed in lieu of the full purchase price; P.A. 89-251 increased the tax under Subsec. (a)(1) from .045% to 0.5% of the consideration, changed the rate of tax in Subsec. (a)(2) from $1.10 for each $1,000 of full purchase price to 0.011% of the consideration and added Subsec. (b) providing for a higher rate of tax on conveyances for purposes other than residential and for residential property in the case of an estate for which the consideration exceeds $800,000; P.A. 91-356 added Subsec. (b)(3), re rate for certain transfers in lieu of foreclosure, effective July 1, 1991, and applicable to conveyances occurring on or after said date; P.A. 92-57 amended Subsec. (b)(3) by including conveyances to the subsidiary of a financial institution holding a delinquent mortgage on the conveyed real property, effective July 1, 1992, and applicable to conveyances occurring on or after that date; P.A. 03-2 amended Subsec. (a) to make technical changes and increase the municipal portion of the tax to 0.25% from March 15, 2003, until July 1, 2004, made a technical change in Subsec. (b) and added new Subsec. (c) re an additional tax which certain municipalities may impose during said period, effective March 15, 2003; P.A. 04-201 amended Subsec. (b) to add provisions re multiple instruments used to convey residential property, effective June 3, 2004; P.A. 04-216 amended Subsec. (a)(2) to extend the time period for the higher rate thereunder until July 1, 2005, and amended Subsec. (c) to delete sunset provision related to the tax imposed under that subsection, effective May 6, 2004; P.A. 05-268 amended Subsec. (a) to retain the rate of 0.25% until July 1, 2007, and amended Subsec. (c) to make a technical change and add "up to" re additional tax rate, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 07-154 amended Subsec. (b) to define "unimproved land", effective July 1, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-1 amended Subsec. (a) to retain the rate of 0.25% until July 1, 2008, effective July 1, 2007; June 11 Sp. Sess. P.A. 08-1 amended Subsec. (a) to retain rate of 0.25% until July 1, 2010, effective June 16, 2008; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 10-1 amended Subsec. (a) to retain rate of 0.25% until July 1, 2011, and make a technical change, effective July 1, 2010; P.A. 11-6 amended Subsec. (a) by increasing state portion of tax from 0.50% to 0.75% in Subdiv. (1) and deleting provision providing that municipal portion be lowered to 0.11% on July 1, 2011, in Subdiv. (2), and amended Subsec. (b) by increasing tax on non-residential property from 1% to 1.25% in Subdiv. (1), increasing tax on residential estate sold for more than $800,000 from .50% to .75% on the portion of sales price up to $800,000, and from 1% to 1.25% on the portion in excess of $800,000 in Subdiv. (2), and increasing tax on conveyance to a financial institution of a property with a delinquent mortgage from 0.50% to 0.75% in Subdiv. (3), effective July 1, 2011, and applicable to conveyances occurring on or after that date.

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      Sec. 12-494a. Deposit of portion of tax in municipal revenue sharing account. The Commissioner of Revenue Services shall deposit into the municipal revenue sharing account, established pursuant to section 4-66l, (1) thirty-three per cent of the amounts received pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 12-494, subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of said section 12-494, and subdivision (3) of subsection (b) of said section 12-494, and (2) twenty per cent of the amounts received pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of said section 12-494 and subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of subsection (b) of said section 12-494.

      (P.A. 11-6, S. 103.)

      History: P.A. 11-6 effective July 1, 2011.

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