Chapter 3.28
REAL PROPERTY TRANSFER TAX1

Sections:

3.28.010    Title.

3.28.020    Imposition of tax.

3.28.030    Payment.

3.28.040    Exemption – Security.

3.28.050    Exemption – Governmental agencies.

3.28.060    Exemption – Miscellaneous proceedings.

3.28.070    Exemption – Securities and Exchange Commission.

3.28.080    Partnerships.

3.28.090    Administration by county recorder.

3.28.100    Claims for refund.

3.28.110    Filing.

3.28.010 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the “uniform real property transfer tax ordinance of the city of Solana Beach.” It is adopted pursuant to the authority contained in Part 6.7 (commencing with Section 11901) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code of the state of California. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.010)

3.28.020 Imposition of tax.

There is imposed on each deed, instrument or writing by which any lands, tenements, or other realty sold within the city of Solana Beach shall be granted, assigned, transferred or otherwise conveyed to, or vested in, the purchaser or purchasers, or any other person or persons, by his or their direction, when the consideration or value of the interest or property conveyed (exclusive of the value of any lien or encumbrances remaining thereon at the time of sale) exceeds $100.00, a tax at the rate of $0.275 for each $500.00 or fractional part thereof. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.020)

3.28.030 Payment.

Any tax imposed pursuant to SBMC 3.28.020 shall be paid by any person who makes, signs or issues any document or instrument subject to the tax, or for whose use or benefit the same is made, signed or issued. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.030)

3.28.040 Exemption Security.

Any tax imposed pursuant to this chapter shall not apply to any instrument in writing given to secure a debt. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.040)

3.28.050 Exemption Governmental agencies.

The United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof, any state or territory, or political subdivision thereof, or the District of Columbia shall not be liable for any tax imposed pursuant to this chapter with respect to any deed, instrument or writing to which it is a party, and when it is acquiring title, but the tax may be collected by assessment from any other party liable therefor. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.050)

3.28.060 Exemption Miscellaneous proceedings.

A. Any tax imposed pursuant to this chapter shall not apply to the making, delivering or filing of conveyances to make effective any plan of reorganization or adjustment:

1. Confirmed under the Federal Bankruptcy Act, as amended;

2. Approved in an equity receivership proceeding in a court involving a railroad corporation, as defined in subdivision (m) of Section 205 of Title 11 of the United States Code, as amended;

3. Approved in an equity receivership proceeding in a court involving a corporation, as defined in subdivision (3) of Section 506 of Title 11 of the United States Code, as amended; or

4. Whereby a mere change in identity, form or place or organization is effected.

B. Subparagraphs 1 to 4, inclusive, of subsection A shall only apply if the making, delivery or filing of instruments of transfer or conveyance occurs within five years from the date of such confirmation, approval or change. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.060)

3.28.070 Exemption Securities and Exchange Commission.

Any tax imposed pursuant to this chapter shall not apply to the making or delivery of conveyances to make effective any order of the Securities and Exchange Commission, as defined in subsection (a) of Section 1083 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954; but only if:

A. The order of the Securities and Exchange Commission in obedience to which such conveyance is made recites that such conveyance is necessary or appropriate to effectuate the provisions of Section 79k of Title 15 of the United States Code, relating to the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935;

B. Such order specifies the property which is ordered to be conveyed; and

C. Such conveyance is made in obedience to such order. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.070)

3.28.080 Partnerships.

A. In the case of any realty held by a partnership, no levy shall be imposed pursuant to this chapter by reason of any transfer of an interest in a partnership or otherwise, if:

1. Such partnership (or another partnership) is considered a continuing partnership within the meaning of Section 708 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954; and

2. Such continuing partnership continues to hold the realty concerned.

B. If there is a termination of any partnership within the meaning of Section 108 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, for purposes of this chapter, such partnership shall be treated as having executed an instrument whereby there was conveyed, for fair market value (exclusive of the value of any lien or encumbrance remaining thereon), all realty held by such partnership at the time of such termination.

C. Not more than one tax shall be imposed pursuant to this chapter by reason of a termination described in subsection B, and any transfer pursuant thereto, with respect to the realty held by such partnership at time of termination. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.080)

3.28.090 Administration by county recorder.

The county recorder shall administer this chapter in conformity with the provisions of Part 6.7 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code and the provisions of any county ordinance adopted pursuant thereto. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.090)

3.28.100 Claims for refund.

Claims for refund of taxes imposed pursuant to this chapter shall be governed by the provisions of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 5096) of Part 9 of Division 1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code of the state of California. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.100)

3.28.110 Filing.

Upon its adoption, the city clerk shall file two copies of the ordinance codified in this chapter with the county recorder of San Diego County. (Ord. 44 § 1, 1987; 1987 Code § 3.12.110)


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Prior legislation: Ord. 3.