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Clerk/Register Of Deeds
Fred Miller
120 N Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-7953

Transfer Tax Information

Welcome to the "Transfer Tax Information " page of the Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds website.  Below you will find information on Michigan Real Estate Transfer Tax and exemptions to Michigan and Macomb County Transfer Taxes.

CLICK HERE for the Transfer Tax Schedule for computing State and County Transfer Tax amounts

Due to House Bill 6122 approved on January 9, 2009, there have been changes made to some of the state exemption letters for MCL 207.526 [letters (p) through (w)]. Please review HB 6122 of 2008 for any future documents to be recorded, which have a document date as of 1-9-09.

Michigan Real Estate Transfer Tax

  1. A written instrument subject to the tax imposed by MCL 207.505 Section 5 and MCL 207.526 Section 6 shall state on its face the TOTAL CONSIDERATION of the real property. (See acts for details.) Transfer tax imposed by each act shall be collected unless said instrument of transfer is exempt from either or both acts and such exemptions are stated on the face of the deed.
  2. The tax shall be upon the person(s) who is the seller or the grantor.
  3. In case of an exchange of two properties, the deeds transferring title to each are subject to Michigan Real Estate Transfer tax, and in each case, shall be computed on the basis of the actual value of the property conveyed.
  4. Conveyances affecting property situated in more than one county must state the portion of the sale price attributable to each parcel lying in the separate counties and transfer tax must be paid to each county for that portion of the sale price.
  5. Documentary stamps shall be purchased only in the county in which the property is located.
  6. No fee is charged for filing the "Real Estate Transfer Valuation Affidavit," but the instrument should state that a Real Estate Transfer Valuation affidavit is being filed.

State Transfer Tax Exemptions to Real Estate Transfer Tax

MCL 207.526  CLICK HERE for printable version

Sec. 6. The following written instruments and transfers of property are exempt from tax imposed by this act:

(a) A written instrument in which the value of the consideration for the property is less than $100.00.

(b) A written instrument evidencing a contract or transfer that is not to be performed wholly within this state only to the extent the written instrument includes land lying outside of this state.

(c) A written instrument that this state is prohibited from taxing under the United States Constitution or federal statutes.

(d) A written instrument given as security or an assignment or discharge of the security interest.

(e) A written instrument evidencing a lease, including an oil and gas lease, or a transfer of a leasehold interest.

(f) A written instrument evidencing an interest that is assessable as personal property.

(g) A written instrument evidencing the transfer of a right and interest for underground gas storage purposes.

(h) Any of the following written instruments:

  • (i) A written instrument in which the grantor is the United States, this state, a political subdivision or municipality of this state, or an officer of the United States or of this state, or a political subdivision or municipality of this state, acting in his or her official capacity.
  • (ii) A written instrument given in foreclosure or in lieu of foreclosure of a loan made, guaranteed, or insured by the United States, this state, a political subdivision or municipality of this state, or an officer of the United States or of this state, or a political subdivision or municipality of this state, acting in his or her official capacity.
  • (iii) A written instrument given to the United States, this state, or 1 of their officers acting in an official capacity as grantee, pursuant to the terms or guarantee or insurance of a loan guaranteed or insured by the grantee.

(i) A conveyance from a spouse or married couple creating or disjoining a tenancy by the entireties in the grantors or the grantor and his or her spouse.

(j) A conveyance from an individual to that individual's child, stepchild, or adopted child.

(k) A conveyance from an individual to that individual's grandchild, step-grandchild, or adopted grandchild.

(l) A judgment or order of a court of record making or ordering a transfer, unless a specific monetary consideration is specified or ordered by the court for the transfer.

(m) A written instrument used to straighten boundary lines if no monetary consideration is given.

(n) A written instrument to confirm title already vested in a grantee, including a quitclaim deed to correct a flaw in title.

(o) A land contract in which the legal title does not pass to the grantee until the total consideration specified in the contract has been paid.

(p) A conveyance that meets 1 of the following:

  • (i) A transfer between any corporation and its stockholders or creditors, between any limited liability company and its members or creditors, between any partnership and its partners or creditors, or between a trust and its beneficiaries or creditors when the transfer is to effectuate a dissolution of the corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or trust and it is necessary to transfer the title of real property from the entity to the stockholders, members, partners, beneficiaries, or creditors.
  • (ii) A transfer between any limited liability company and its members if the ownership interests in the limited liability company are held by the same persons and in the same proportion as in the limited liability company prior to the transfer.
  • (iii) A transfer between any partnership and its partners if the ownership interests in the partnership are held by the same persons and in the same proportion as in the partnership prior to the transfer.
  • (iv) A transfer of a controlling interest in an entity with an interest in real property if the transfer of the real property would qualify for exemption if the transfer had been accomplished by deed to the real property between the persons that were parties to the transfer of the controlling interest.
  • (v) A transfer in connection with the reorganization of an entity and the beneficial ownership is not changed.

(q) A written instrument evidencing the transfer of mineral rights and interests.

(r) A written instrument creating a joint tenancy between 2 or more persons if at least 1 of the persons already owns the property.

(s) A transfer made pursuant to a bona fide sales agreement made before the date the tax is imposed under sections 3 and 4, if the sales agreement cannot be withdrawn or altered, or contains a fixed price not subject to change or modification.

(t) A written instrument evidencing a contract or transfer of property to a person sufficiently related to the transferor to be considered a single employer with the transferor under section 414(b) or (c) of the internal revenue code of 1986, 26 USC 414.

(u) A written instrument conveying an interest in property for which an exemption is claimed by the seller or transferor under section 7cc of the general property tax act, 1893 PA 206, MCL 211.7cc, if the state equalized valuation of that property is equal to or lesser than the state equalized valuation determined as of the first tax day after the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the residence, or the date of acquisition of the property, whichever comes later, by the seller or transferor for that same interest in property and the transaction was for a price at which a willing buyer and a willing seller would arrive through an arms-length negotiation. Notwithstanding section 22 of 1941 PA 122, MCL 205.22, and section 3(4) of this act, if the seller or the buyer who has paid the tax on behalf of the seller believes that the property was eligible for an exemption under this subdivision at the time of transfer, the seller or the buyer who has paid the tax on behalf of the seller may request a refund from the department in a form and manner determined by the department. This subdivision is retroactive and applies to a sale, exchange, assignment, or transfer beginning 4 years immediately preceding the effective date of the amendatory act that amended this sentence subject to the statute of limitations period provided in section 27a of 1941 PA 122, MCL 205.27a. A taxpayer that claimed a refund under this subdivision prior to the effective date of the amendatory act that added this sentence and whose refund was denied and not appealed in accordance with section 21 or 22 of 1941 PA 122, MCL 205.21 and 205.22, may claim a refund under this subdivision notwithstanding section 22 of 1941 PA 122, MCL 205.22.

(v) A written instrument transferring an interest in property pursuant to a foreclosure of a mortgage including a written instrument given in lieu of foreclosure of a mortgage. This exemption does not apply to a subsequent transfer of the foreclosed property by the entity that foreclosed on the mortgage.

(w) A written instrument conveying an interest from a religious society in property exempt from the collection of taxes under section 7s of the general property tax act, 1893 PA 206, MCL 211.7s, to a religious society if that property continues to be exempt from the collection of taxes under section 7s of the general property tax act, 1893 PA 206, MCL 211.7s.

**DOCUMENTS MUST REFERENCE MCLA 207.526 INCLUDING THE APPROPRIATE LETTER TO BE EXEMPT FROM STATE TRANSFER TAX. REFERENCE DOES NOT NEED TO BE MADE TO HB 6122.

County Transfer Tax Exemption to Real Estate Transfer Tax

MCL 207.505 CLICK HERE for printable version

Sec. 5. The following instruments and transfers shall be exempt from this act:

(a) Instruments where the value of the consideration is less than $100.00.

(b) Instruments evidencing contracts or transfers which are not to be performed wholly within this state insofar as such instruments include land lying outside of this state.

(c) Written instruments which this state is prohibited from taxing under the constitution or statutes of the United States.

(d) Instruments or writings given as security or any assignment or discharge thereof.

(e) Instruments evidencing leases, including oil and gas leases, or transfers of such leasehold interests.

(f) Instruments evidencing any interests which are assessable as personal property.

(g) Instruments evidencing the transfer of rights and interests for underground gas storage purposes.

(h) Instruments

  • (i) in which the grantor is the United States, the state, any political subdivision or municipality thereof, or officer thereof acting in his official capacity;
  • (ii) given in foreclosure or in lieu of foreclosure of a loan made, guaranteed or insured by the United States, the state, any political subdivision or municipality thereof or officer thereof acting in his official capacity;
  • (iii) given to the United States, the state, or 1 of their officers as grantee, pursuant to the terms or guarantee or insurance of a loan guaranteed or insured by the grantee.

(i) Conveyances from a husband or wife or husband and wife creating or disjoining a tenancy by the entireties in the grantors or the grantor and his or her spouse.

(j) Judgments or orders of courts of record making or ordering transfers, except where a specific monetary consideration is specified or ordered by the court therefor.

(k) Instruments used to straighten boundary lines where no monetary consideration is given.

(l) Instruments to confirm titles already vested in grantees, such as quitclaim deeds to correct flaws in titles.

(m) Land contracts whereby the legal title does not pass to the grantee until the total consideration specified in the contract has been paid.

(n) Instruments evidencing the transfer of mineral rights and interests.

(o) Instruments creating a joint tenancy between 2 or more persons where at least 1 of the persons already owned the property.