Among all the different taxes with which we may come into contact, the least known is likely to be taxes on sales of homes for sale. Though we don’t pay taxes on the house until it is actually purchased, it’s important to understand the meaning of this tax commonly known as a real estate transfer tax. The amount varies according to not only the state where you live, but the county and city as well. Of course, not every city and county levies taxes on sales of homes for sale, but you will find every state does.
Though for the purpose of this article, we are discussing real estate taxes, every type of property that involves processing a title (real estates, motor vehicles, motor homes, etc.) is subject to a transfer tax. The tax is set as a percentage of the sale of the property and is levied by the state, county, and city that process the change of title from the former own to the new owner. Certainly as buyers on the receiving end when it comes to taxes on sales of homes for sale, we see the tax as exorbitant, but we have no idea of the amount of work that is involved with a property transfer.