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What is documentary transfer tax?

California Revenue and Taxation Code 11911(a) allows each county to impose a documentary transfer tax on realty transferred when the consideration or value of the property is greater than $100.00.  Transfer Tas is calculated at the rate of $0.55 per $500.00 of property value.  It is due at the time of recording unless a valid exemption under the Revenue and Taxation Code is provided (R & T 11911 – 11930)   Transfer Tax Table

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1. What types of documents can be recorded?
2. How do I transfer Title?
3. Will the Recorder’s Office help me prepare my document?
4. What is documentary transfer tax?
5. How do I release a Lien?
6. What does the Recorder’s office mean by “document is not legible?”
7. What is a Conformed Copy?
8. How do I find out what has been recorded on a particular property?
9. How do I obtain a copy of a document?
10. How can I search the Official Records online?
11. What happens to my document after it is recorded?
12. May I use an INFORMATIONAL ONLY Death Certificate as an attachment on my Affidavit of Death recording?