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General Information

The County assesses a Documentary Transfer Tax on the consideration or value of the interest or real property conveyed (exclusive of the value of any lien or encumbrance remaining thereon at the time of sale) exceeds $100 at the rate of $0.55 per $500 or fraction part thereof.

Additional Tax Rates for Specific Cities

The following five cities have passed ordinances imposing additional rates of tax per $1,000 of the consideration or value of property conveyed and is added to the present County Documentary Transfer Tax.

TAX RATE / $1,000

City

Addition Per $1,000 Valuation

Culver City $4.50
Los Angeles $4.50
Pomona $2.20
Redondo Beach $2.20
Santa Monica $3.00

How to Calculate Documentary Transfer Tax

For example, on a property valued at $21,100, the amount of the County's Documentary Tax would be calculated by rounding up the amount to $21,500, dividing $21,500 by $500, and multiplying that number by $0.55 for a total of $23.65.

However, if the property in this example were located within the City of Los Angeles, an additional $4.50 per $1,000 valuation will be assessed and collected at the time of recording for a total of $96.75. County and City transfer tax must be listed separately.

The following is the format that should be used for the tax declaration:

DOCUMENTARY TRANSFER TAX $
"Tax Amount" L.A. County /
"Tax Amount" City Name
________ COMPUTED ON FULL VALUE OF PROPERTY CONVEYED.
________ OR COMPUTED ON FULL VALUE LESS LIENS
                 AND ENCUMBRANCES REMAINING AT TIME OF SALE.

________________________________________________________________________

Signature of Declarant or Agent Determining tax. Firm Name

If you determine there is no Documentary Transfer Tax required, a statement must appear on the face of all documents that are exempt from the tax.

View a list of acceptable exemption statements: Documentary Transfer Tax Exemption Reasons.

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