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The Real Property Transfer Tax (RPTT) is assessed on the sale of real property in New York City when the change or transfer is at least 50 percent of the controlling interest and the value of the sale or transfer amount is more than $25,000. (If there is no controlling interest, it is assessed on the sale or transfer of the percentage of the property involved.)  The tax is usually paid as part of the closing costs.

The RPTT must be paid on grants, assignments, transfers, or surrenders of real property valued at more than $25,000, unless exempt by law. This includes the sale or transfer of at least a 50 percent ownership interest in a corporation, partnership, trust, or other entity that owns or leases real property; initial transfers of stock shares in cooperative housing by the sponsor; and subsequent transfers of co-op stock.

The type of sale or transfer of property and the tax percentage rate for each property type determines the amount due.

Learn more about the Real Property Transfer Tax (RPTT).

The following entities are usually exempt from paying the RPTT and/or RPTT fees: 

  • The United States and its agencies
  • New York State, its agencies and political subdivisions
  • A foreign government, a person acting on behalf of a foreign government, or the head of a foreign government's diplomatic mission where the property is used exclusively for diplomatic or consular purposes (Other usage may result in the assessment of tax)

These entities must still file the RPTT forms and prove they are exempt by filing an exemption letter with their RPTT forms.  In the letter, they must quote the section of the law that applies to why they are exempt.

Non-governmental parties who acquire property from or transfer property to a national or state governmental body must file the RPTT return and pay the tax.

The type of sale or transfer of property and tax rate for each type determines the amount of tax due. The tax is usually paid as part of closing costs at the sale or transfer of property.

For Residential Type 1 or Type 2 sales or transfers:

  • If the consideration is $500,000 or less, the rate is 1% of the consideration
  • If the consideration is more than $500,000 the rate is 1.425%

For Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS), sales and transfers are taxed at one-half the otherwise applicable rate, if certain conditions are met. Schedule R of Form NYC-RPT has more information.

For all other transfers:

  • If the consideration is $500,000 or less, the rate is 1.425% of the consideration
  • If the consideration is more than $500,000 the rate is 2.625%

RPTT forms must be filed online with ACRIS, NYC's Automated City Register Information System. The filing fee for a non-deed transfer is $100. 

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The RPTT form must be signed by all parties involved in the transfer (all buyers, all sellers, all grantees, all grantors, etc). The form must then be notarized. Any party who fails to sign the forms may be assessed appropriate penalties as a non-filer. The Department of Finance has 3 years from the filing to assess additional tax because the non-signing party has not filed a return.

The deadline to file the RPTT packet of forms and pay the tax to the City Register is thirty (30) days from the transfer date, even if the transfer is not subject to tax, or the tax is zero. There is a five-day grace period.

Transfer Date versus Filing Date

The transfer date is the date the property was sold or transferred to the new owner(s) and the filing date is the date the RPTT was filed with the Department of Finance Division of Land Records.

A late payment penalty and interest is charged for failure to file the RPTT return and pay by the deadline (within 30 days of the transfer date) and for failure to pay penalties and interest. The penalty and interest amount is based on the difference between the tax due date and the filing date. The late payment penalty is calculated only on the unpaid tax.

If a property buyer or seller files their RPTT documents late but pays their tax in full within 30 days of transfer, a late penalty will not be charged for the late filing.

Payments made within 5 days of the due date will be applied to the late penalty for the first month. Interest is charged on the tax amount from the day after the due date and not on the penalty until a tax warrant has been filed. Then interest on the penalty is calculated from the original due date. Interest is compounded daily.

From July 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019, the interest rate is 9%.

Once the filing is 60 days overdue, there is a minimum failure to file penalty amount.

There is also a bounced check fee of $20.

The New York City Department of Finance mails notices to grantors and grantees who file their RPTT forms after the 30-day deadline.

If you receive a "Notice of Penalty and Interest Due," you have 30 days to respond. If you do not agree with the balance due, you must submit a signed statement explaining why you disagree. If you agree with the balance due, you may pay:

Online

You can pay your RPTT penalty and interest online through City Pay.

You can pay by:

  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (American Express, Master Card, Visa and Discover)
  • Debit card with an American Express, a Master Card, or a Visa logo
  • Pre-paid card or gift card with an American Express, a Master Card, or a Visa logo

There is a service fee of 2% of the total paid when using credit and debit cards (Example: If your payment is $1,000, the service fee is $20).

There is no service fee for using Electronic check; there is a bounced-check fee of $20.

Payments will post in 2 or more business days.

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In Person 

Payments can be made at a DOF Business Center. To find a DOF Business Center, go to the DOF Business Center page. 

By Mail 

Send payment to:

NYC Department of Finance
Division of Land Records - RPTT Billing Unit
66 John Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10038

If you fail to respond within 30 days from the date of the "Notice of Penalty and Interest Due," a "Notice and Demand for Payment Due" will be issued.

The New York City Department of Finance mails notices to grantors and grantees who pay their RPTT after the 30-day deadline, or have not yet paid their RPTT.

If you receive a "Notice and Demand for Payment Due," you have 10 days to pay the balance due. If you do not agree with the balance due, you must submit a signed statement explaining why you disagree. If you agree with the balance due, you may pay:

Online

You can pay your RPTT penalty and interest online through City Pay.

You can pay by:

  • Electronic check
  • Credit card (American Express, Master Card, Visa and Discover)
  • Debit card with an American Express, a Master Card, or a Visa logo
  • Pre-paid card or gift card with an American Express, a Master Card, or a Visa logo

There is a service fee of 2% of the total paid when using credit and debit cards (Example: If your payment is $1,000, the service fee is $20).

There is no service fee for using Electronic check; there is a bounced-check fee of $20.

Payments will post in 2 or more business days.

Visit CityPay.

In Person 

Payments can be made at a DOF Business Center. To find a DOF Business Center, go to the DOF Business Center page. 

By Mail 

Send payment to:

NYC Department of Finance
Division of Land Records - RPTT Billing Unit
66 John Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Failure to make payment within 10 days from the date of the "Notice and Demand for Payment Due" will result in docketing of a warrant with the County Clerk. A warrant is a lien on real and personal property. It will be made available to credit bureaus nationwide and it will represent a serious detriment to your credit rating.

Online payments for NYC property taxes, parking tickets, camera violations, business taxes, and related fees and fines should only be made through the Department of Finance website or apps. Although the City may contract with some vendors, DOF doesn't approve or authorize any external applications, services, or websites that make payments on your behalf.

These external payment systems include, but aren't limited to, the following:

  • ACRISasap/ACRIS.com
  • Cellum
  • FineNYC
  • Mint Bills
  • Official Payments
  • PLS Financial
  • PowaTag
  • Precash
  • Prism
  • Rite Check
  • TicketZen
  • Winlt

Any errors or issues that occur as a result of using these sites are your responsibility, including any penalty and interest or other related fees, costs, or charges.

Submit a written request, and include proof of payment (front and back of the cancelled check) or the receipts from the City Register/Division of Land Records showing payment, and a copy of the cover pages for the original real property transfer tax return filing to:

NYC Department of Finance
Business/Excise Tax Refund Unit
59 Maiden Lane, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10038

No interest is paid on Real Property Transfer Tax refunds.

The Department of Finance (DOF) may only discuss the RPTT case with the grantor(s) or grantee(s). Anyone other than the grantor(s) or grantee(s) must have a completed legal Power of Attorney on file with DOF to discuss the case.

You can get answers to questions about the tax or help with filing and paying.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

By Mail

NYC Department of Finance
Real Property Transfer Tax Unit
345 Adams Street, 7th floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201