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California: Real Estate “Change in Ownership” Can Trigger Documentary Transfer Tax

926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles, (9/22/14, B248536)

The California Court of Appeals has recently held that, as a general rule, the Documentary Transfer Tax (“DTT”) applies whenever there is a “change in ownership” of real property under the California Revenue & Taxation Code. In the case, 926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles, the court held that the phrase “realty sold” under the DTT Act includes a “change in ownership” (subject to the limited exceptions expressly included in the DTT Act).  San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties have already enacted amendments to their DTT ordinances to provide for this result, and there are several other counties (most notably Los Angeles and San Diego) that have taken this position without any change to their ordinances.

Copyright © 2022, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.National Law Review, Volume IV, Number 268
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D. Matthew Richardson, Tax and Estate Lawyer, Sheppard Mullin
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D. Matthew Richardson is a partner in the Orange County and Los Angeles offices, a member of the Tax and Estate Planning Practice Group. 

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Mr. Richardson specializes in mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, liquidations and spin-offs, complex financing, debt restructuring, real estate taxation, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies. He regularly counsels early-stage technology and other businesses with respect to various formation, operation and taxation issues.

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