(1) Introduction. Transfers of real property from a governmental entity are not subject to the real estate excise tax. Transfers of real property to a governmental entity are subject to real estate excise tax unless specifically exempted under this chapter. A completed real estate excise tax affidavit is required for transfers both to and from a governmental entity. In claiming the exemption, the affidavit must state as a reason for the exemption which constitutional provision or authorizing statute provides that the transferor is a governmental entity.
(2) Government seller. A governmental entity selling real property is exempt from the real estate excise tax.
(3) Government purchaser.
Generally, a seller that is not a governmental entity must pay real estate excise tax on voluntary sales of real property to a governmental entity unless the transfer is otherwise exempt under this chapter. See WAC 458-61A-206
regarding transfers pursuant to condemnation proceedings or under threat of the exercise of eminent domain.
(4) Transfers for a public purpose. Transfers to a governmental entity for a public use in connection with the development of real property by a developer when the transfer is required for plat approval are not subject to the real estate excise tax. For example, a developer who deeds property to the city for streets and utilities is not subject to real estate excise tax on the transfer.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 82.45.150
, and 82.01.060
. WSR 14-06-060, § 458-61A-205, filed 2/28/14, effective 3/31/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 82.32.300
(2), and 82.45.150
. WSR 05-23-093, § 458-61A-205, filed 11/16/05, effective 12/17/05.]