Michigan Property Transfer Affidavit Form

Use this template/form as a Property Transfer Affidavit Form in the State of Georgia


Text version of this Form

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Michigan Department of Treasury L-4260
2766 (Rev. 1-09)
This form is issued under authority of
Property Transfer Affidavit P.A. 415 of 1994. Filing is mandatory.

This form must be filed whenever real estate or some types of personal property are transferred (even if you are not recording a deed).
It is used by the assessor to ensure the property is assessed properly and receives the correct taxable value. It must be filed by the
new owner with the assessor for the city or township where the property is located within 45 days of the transfer. If it is not filed
timely, a penalty of $5/day (maximum $200) applies. The information on this form is NOT CONFIDENTIAL.

1. Street Address of Property 2. County 4. Date of Transfer (or land contract was signed)

3. City/Township/Village of Real Estate City 5. Purchase Price of Real Estate


6. Property Identification Number (PIN). If you don’t have a PIN, attach legal description. PIN. This number ranges from 10 to 25 digits. It usually
includes hyphens and sometimes includes letters. It is on
the property tax bill and on the assessment notice.

7. Seller’s (Transferor) Name 8. Buyer’s (Transferee) Name and Mailing Address

Items 9 – 14 are optional. However, by completing
them you may avoid further correspondence. 8a. Buyer’s (Transferee) Telephone Number

Transfers include deeds, land contracts, transfers involving trusts
or wills, certain long-term leases and interest in a business. See 9. Type of Transfer
the back for a complete list. Land Contract Lease

10. Was this property purchased from a financial institution?
Yes No Deed Other (specify)

11. Is the transfer between related persons? 12. Amount of Down Payment

Yes No

13. If you financed the purchase, did you pay market rate of interest? 14. Amount Financed (Borrowed)

Yes No

The Michigan Constitution limits how much a property’s taxable value can increase while it is owned by the same person. Once the property is
transferred, the taxable value must be adjusted by the assessor in the following year to 50 percent of the property’s usual selling price (State
Equalized Value). Certain types of transfers are exempt from adjustment. Below are brief descriptions of the types of exempt transfers; full descriptions
are in MCL Section 211.27a(7)(a-n). If you believe this transfer is exempt, indicate below the type of exemption you are claiming. If you claim an
exemption, your assessor may request more information to support your claim.

transfer from one spouse to the other spouse

change in ownership solely to exclude or include a spouse

transfer of that portion of a property subject to a life lease or life estate (until the life lease or life estate expires)

transfer to effect the foreclosure or forfeiture of real property

transfer by redemption from a tax sale

transfer into a trust where the settlor or the settlor’s spouse conveys property to the trust and is also the sole beneficiary of the trust

transfer resulting from a court order unless the order specifies a monetary payment

transfer creating or ending a joint tenancy if at least one person is an original owner of the property (or his/her spouse)

transfer to establish or release a security interest (collateral)

transfer of real estate through normal public trading of stocks

transfer between entities under common control or among members of an affiliated group

transfer resulting from transactions that qualify as a tax-free reorganization

transfer of qualified agricultural property when the property remains qualified agricultural property and affidavit has been filed.

transfer of qualified forest property when the property remains qualified forest property and affidavit has been filed.

transfer of land with qualified conservation easement (land only – not improvements)

other, specify:

I certify that the information above is true and complete to the best of my knowledge.

Owner’s Signature Date If signer is other than the owner, print name and title

Daytime Phone Number E-mail Address

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This form must be filed when there is a transfer of real property or one of the following types of
personal property:

• buildings on leased land.
• leasehold improvements (as defined in MCL Section 211.8(h)).
• leasehold estates (as defined in MCL Section 211.8(i) and (j)).

Transfer of ownership means the conveyance of title to or a present interest in property, including the
beneficial use of the property. It includes, but is not limited to, the following conveyances:

• deed.
• land contract.
• transfer into a trust, unless the sole beneficiary is the settlor (creator of the trust), the settlor’s
spouse, or both.
• transfer from a trust, unless the distributee is the sole present beneficiary, the spouse of the sole
present beneficiary, or both.
• changes in the sole present beneficiary of a trust, unless the change only adds or substitutes the
spouse of the sole present beneficiary.
• distributions by a will or intestate succession, unless to the decedent’s spouse.
• leases, if the total duration of the lease is more than 35 years, including the initial term and all
options for renewal, or if the lease grants the lessee the right to purchase the property at the end of
the lease for not more than 80 percent of the property’s projected true cash value at the end of the
lease. This only applies to the portion of the property subject to the lease described above.
• transfers of more than a 50 percent interest in the ownership of a business, unless the ownership
is gained through the normal public trading of shares of stock.
• transfers of property held as a tenancy in common, except the portion of the property not subject to
the ownership interest conveyed.
• a conveyance of an ownership interest in a cooperative housing corporation, except the portion of
the property not subject to the ownership interest conveyed.

For complete descriptions of qualifying transfers, please refer to MCL Section 211.27a(6)(a – j).

Excerpts from Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL), Chapter 211

Section 211.27a(10)

“. . . the buyer, grantee, or other transferee of the property shall notify the appropriate assessing
office in the local unit of government in which the property is located of the transfer of ownership of
the property within 45 days of the transfer of ownership, on a form prescribed by the state tax
commission that states the parties to the transfer, the date of the transfer, the actual consideration
for the transfer, and the property’s parcel identification number or legal description.”

Section 211.27(5)

“Beginning December 31, 1994, the purchase price paid in a transfer of property is not the
presumptive true cash value of the property transferred. In determining the true cash value of
transferred property, an assessing officer shall assess that property using the same valuation method
used to value all other property of that same classification in the assessing jurisdiction.”