WEST virginia legislature
2021 regular session
House Bill 3137
By Delegates Hardy and Barrett
[Introduced March 15, 2021; Referred to the Committee on Finance]
A BILL to amend and reenact §11-22-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to accelerating the conversion of the state excise tax on the privilege of transferring real property into a county excise tax.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 22. EXCISE TAX ON PRIVILEGE OF TRANSFERRING REAL PROPERTY.
§11-22-2. Rate of tax; when and by whom payable; additional county tax.
(a) Every person who
delivers, accepts, or presents for recording any document, or in whose behalf
any document is delivered, accepted, or presented for recording, is subject to
pay for, and in respect to the transaction or any part thereof, a state excise
tax upon the privilege of transferring title to real estate at the rate of
$1.10 for each $500 value or fraction thereof as represented by the document as
defined in §11-22-1 of this code: Provided, That beginning July 1, 2021,
10 percent of each state excise tax collected pursuant to the provisions of
this subsection shall be retained by the county wherein the tax was collected
to be used for county purposes: Provided, however, That beginning July
1, 2022, and in every year thereafter, an additional
percent of each state excise tax collected pursuant to this subsection shall be
retained by the county wherein the tax was collected to be used for county
purposes: Provided , further, That beginning July 1, 2030 2025,
the excise tax collected pursuant to this subsection shall be a county excise
tax to be used by the county wherein it is collected for county purposes. The
state tax is payable at the time of delivery, acceptance, or presenting for
recording of the document. In addition to the state excise tax described in
this subsection, there is assessed a fee of $20 upon the privilege of
transferring real estate for consideration. The clerk of the county commission
shall collect the additional $20 fee before recording a transfer of title to
real estate and shall deposit the moneys from the additional fees into the
Affordable Housing Fund as provided in §31-18-20d of this code. The moneys
collected from this additional fee shall be segregated from other funds of the
West Virginia Housing Development Fund and shall be accounted for separately.
None of these moneys may be expended by the West Virginia Housing Development
Fund to defray administrative and operating costs and expenses actually
incurred by the West Virginia Housing Development Fund. The West Virginia
Housing Development Fund shall publish monthly on the Internet site an
accounting of all revenue deposited into the fund during the month and a full
disclosure of all expenditures from the fund including the group receiving
funds, their location and any contractor awarded the construction contract.
(b) Effective January 1, 1968, and thereafter, there is imposed an additional county excise tax for the privilege of transferring title to real estate at the rate of 55 cents for each $500 value or fraction thereof as represented by such document as defined in §11-22-1 of this code, which county tax shall be payable at the time of delivery, acceptance, or presenting for recording of such document: Provided, That after July 1, 1989, the county may increase said excise tax to an amount equal to the state excise tax. The additional tax hereby imposed is declared to be a county tax and to be used for county purposes: Provided, however, That after July 1, 2017, the county may increase the excise tax to an amount not to exceed $1.65 for each $500 value, or fraction thereof, as represented by a document as defined in §11-22-1 of this code: Provided further, That only one such state tax and one such county tax shall be paid on any one document and shall be collected in the county where the document is first admitted to record and the tax shall be paid by the grantor therein unless the grantee accepts the document without such tax having been paid, in which event such tax shall be paid by the grantee: And provided further, That on any transfer of real property from a trustee or a county clerk transferring real estate sold for taxes, such tax shall be paid by the grantee. The county excise tax imposed under this section may not be increased in any county unless the increase is approved by a majority vote of the members of the county commission of such county. Any county commission intending to increase the excise tax imposed in its county shall publish a notice of its intention to increase such tax not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days prior to the meeting at which such increase will be considered, such notice to be published as a Class I legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of §59-3-1 et seq. of this code and the publication area shall be the county in which such county commission is located.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to accelerate the conversion of the transfer tax on the privilege of transferring real property from a state excise tax to a county excise tax.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.