- July 01, 2013
- All Maryland and the District of Columbia Issuing Offices
- UNDERWRITING - Rule Change on Taxation of Indemnity Deeds of Trust - Effective July 1
Legislation amending the recordation tax for recording IDOTs and Refinance Deeds of Trust is effective for all instruments recorded on or after July 1, 2013. The threshold for taxability of IDOTs increases from $1 million to $3 million. The tax effect of recoding supplements to existing IDOTs has also been clarified and allocation of tax between counties when an IDOT secures property in multiple counties is addressed.
The refinance exemption has been expanded from residential to cover both residential and commercial refinances. As a result, a refinance affidavit must now be presented for all refinances recorded on or after July 1, 2013.
Please see the attached memo from Stuart Cordish of the Office of the Attorney General to All Clerks of Circuit Court and All Land Records Departments for details, and for his guidance to the Clerks.
As implementation of these changes takes effect at the County level we advise all Maryland and DC agents to confirm recordation tax requirements for IDOTs and non-residential refinances to ensure that the proper tax is submitted when documents are presented for recording.
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