INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING FORM RTF-1EE, AFFIDAVIT OF CONSIDERATION FOR USE BY BUYER
1. CONSIDERATION STATEMENT AND REALTY TRANSFER FEE PAYMENT PREREQUISITES FOR DEED RECORDING
No county recording officer shall record any deed evidencing transfer of title to real property unless (a) the consideration is recited in
the deed, or (b) an Affidavit for Use by Buyer by one or more of the parties named in the deed or by their legal representatives declaring
the consideration is annexed for recording with the deed, and (c) for conveyances and transfers of property for which the total consideration
recited in the deed is not in excess of $350,000, a fee is remitted at the rate of $2.00/$500 of consideration or fractional part thereof not in
excess of $150,000; $3.35/$500 of consideration or fractional part thereof in excess of $150,000 but not in excess of $200,000; and
$3.90/$500 of consideration or fractional part thereof in excess of $200,000. For transfers of property for which the total consideration
recited in the deed is in excess of $350,000, a fee is remitted at the rate of $2.90/$500 of consideration or fractional part not in excess of
$150,000; $4.25/$500 of consideration or fractional part thereof in excess of $150,000 but not in excess of $200,000; $4.80/$500 of
consideration or fractional part thereof in excess of $200,000 but not in excess of $550,000; $5.30/$500 of consideration or fractional part
thereof in excess of $550,000 but not in excess of $850,000; $5.80/$500 of consideration or fractional part thereof in excess of $850,00 but
not in $1,000,000; and $6.05/$500 of consideration or fractional part thereof in excess of $1,000,000, which fee shall be paid in addition to
the recording fees imposed by Chapter 123, P.L. 1965, Section 2 (C. 22A:4-4.1) as amended by Chapter 370, P.L. 2001, through
Chapter 66, P.L. 2004, Chapter 19, P.L. 2005, and Chapter 33, P.L. 2006, which fee shall be paid to the county recording officer at the
time the deed is offered for recording/transfer. Of these fees, $.75/$500 of consideration or fractional part in excess of $150,000 paid to the
State Treasurer is credited to the New Jersey Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
In addition to all other fees imposed under Chapter 49, P.L. 1968 (C. 46:15-5 et seq.) as amended through Chapter 33, P.L. 2006, a
fee is imposed upon the grantee of a deed for the transfer of real property for consideration in excess of $1,000,000:
A. that is classified pursuant to the requirements of N.J.A.C. 18:12-2.2 as Class 2 “residential;”
B. that includes property classified pursuant to N.J.A.C. 18:12-2.2 as Class 3A: “farm property (regular)” but only if the property
includes a building or structure intended or suited for residential use, and; any other real property, regardless of class, that is
effectively transferred to the same grantee in conjunction with farm property as described above; or
C. that is a cooperative unit as defined in section 3 of P.L. 1987, c. 381 (C.46:8D-3);
D. that is classified pursuant to the requirements of
N.J.A.C. 18;12-2.2 as Class 4A “commercial properties,” meaning any type of
income-producing properties other than properties in Classes 1, 2, 3A, 3B and those properties in Class 4B and Class 4C as defined in
N.J.A.C. 18:12-2.2 (f) and (g).
The 1% fee is not imposed on an organization determined by the federal Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from federal income
taxation pursuant to paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of section 501 of the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. s. 501 that is
the grantee in a deed for consideration in excess of $1,000,000. The 1% fee shall also not apply to a deed if the real property transfer is
incidental to a corporate merger or acquisition and the equalized assessed value of the real property transferred is less than 20% of the
total value of all assets exchanged in the merger or acquisition.
2. WHEN AFFIDAVIT OF CONSIDERATION FOR USE BY BUYER MUST BE ANNEXED TO DEED
Recorded with the deed when the entire consideration is in excess of $1,000,000 or the equalized value of the Class 4A
property is in excess of $1,000,000; however, the Realty Transfer Fee is calculated on the consideration amount recited
in the deed.
When grantee claims an exemption from payment of the fee;
When the entire consideration is not recited in the deed or in the acknowledgement or proof of the execution.
Exemptions from the Realty Transfer Fee are found in N.J.S.A. 46:15-10.
3. LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE
“Legal representative” is to be interpreted broadly to include any person actively and responsibly participating in the transaction, such
as, but not limited to: an attorney representing one of the parties; a closing officer of a title company or lending institution participating in the
transaction; a holder of power of attorney from grantor or grantee.
4. OFFICER OF CORPORATE GRANTEE/OFFICER OF TITLE COMPANY OR LENDING INSTITUTION
Where a deponent is an officer of corporate grantee, state the name of corporation and officer’s title or where a deponent is a closing
officer of a title company or lending institution participating in the transaction, state the name of the company or institution and officer’s title.
“Consideration” means in the case of any deed, the actual amount of money and the monetary value of any other thing of value
constituting the entire compensation paid or to be paid for the transfer of title to the lands, tenements or other realty, including the
remaining amount of any prior mortgage to which the transfer is subject or which is assumed and agreed to be paid by the grantee and any
other lien or encumbrance not paid, satisfied or removed in connection with the transfer of title.
6. DIRECTOR'S RATIO
“Director’s Ratio” means the average ratio of assessed to true value of real property for each taxing district as determined by the
Director, Division of Taxation, in the Table of Equalized Valuations promulgated annually on or before October 1 in each year pursuant to
N.J.S.A. 54:1-35.1. The Table is used in the calculation and apportionment of distributions pursuant to the State School Aid Act of 1954.
Director’s Ratios may be found at: http:www.state.nj.treasury/taxation/lpt/lptvalue.shtml.
7. EQUALIZED VALUE
“Equalized Value” means the assessed value of the property in the year that the transfer is made, divided by the Director’s Ratio. The
Table of Equalized Valuations is promulgated annually on or before October 1 in each year pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:1-35.1. Example:
Assessed value = $1,000,000; Director’s Ratio = 80%. $1,000,000 .80 = $1,250,000. If Director’s Ratio is less than 100%, the
equalized value will be an amount greater than the assessed value, if Director’s Ratio is in excess of 100%, the assessed value will be
equal to the equalized value. When calculating equalized value for item(C) as shown on front portion of this form, aggregate assessed
values by property class.
8. TOTAL EXEMPTION FROM THE REALTY TRANSFER FEE (GRANTOR/GRANTEE)
The fee imposed by this Act shall not apply to a deed:
(a) For consideration of less than $100; (b) By or to the United States of America, this State, or any instrumentality, agency or subdivision;
(c) Solely in order to provide or release security for a debt or obligation; (d) Which confirms or corrects a deed previously recorded; (e) On
a sale for delinquent taxes or assessments; (f) On partition; (g) By a receiver, trustee in bankruptcy or liquidation, or assignee for the
benefit of creditors; (h) Eligible to be recorded as an “ancient deed” pursuant to R.S. 46:16-7; (i) Acknowledged or proved on or before
July 3, 1968; (j) Between husband and wife/partners in a civil union couple, or parent and child; (k) Conveying a cemetery lot or plot; (l) In
specific performance of a final judgment; (m) Releasing a right of reversion; (n) Previously recorded in another county and full Realty
Transfer Fee paid or accounted for as evidenced by written instrument, attested to by the grantee and acknowledged by the county
recording officer of the county of such prior recording, specifying the county, book, page, date of prior recording, and amount of Realty
Transfer Fee previously paid; (o) By an executor or administrator of a decedent to a devisee or heir to effect distribution of the decedent’s
estate in accordance with the provisions of the decedent’s will or the intestate laws of this State; (p) Recorded within 90 days following the
entry of a divorce decree which dissolves the marriage/civil union partnership between the grantor and grantee; (q) Issued by a cooperative
corporation, as part of a conversion of all of the assets of the cooperative corporation into a condominium, to a shareholder upon the
surrender by the shareholder of all of the shareholder’s stock in the cooperative corporation and the proprietary lease entitling the
shareholder to exclusive occupancy of a portion of the property owned by the corporation.
9. REALTY TRANSFER FEE IS A FEE IN ADDITION TO OTHER RECORDING FEES
The county recording officer is required to collect the Realty Transfer Fee at the time the deed is offered for recording/transfer.
10. AFFIDAVITS OF CONSIDERATION FOR USE BY BUYER FORWARDED TO DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF TAXATION
The county recording officers shall forward one copy of each Affidavit of Consideration for Use by Buyer filed and recorded with deeds
to the Director of the Division of Taxation on the tenth day of the month next following the filing of the deed.
11. PENALTY FOR WILLFUL FALSIFICATION OF CONSIDERATION AND TRANSFERS OF NEW CONSTRUCTION
Any person who knowingly falsifies the consideration recited in a deed or in the proof or acknowledgement of the execution of a deed
or in an affidavit annexed to a deed declaring the consideration therefor or a declaration in an affidavit that a transfer is exempt from
recording fee is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree (Chapter 308, P.L. 1991, effective June 1, 1992). The Division of Taxation is entitled
to review the Fees collected pursuant to the State Uniform Procedure Law. The Director of the Division of Taxation is authorized to make
deficiency assessments to taxpayers who have, intentionally or mistakenly, underestimated the consideration or sales price of properties
on the Affidavit of Consideration for Use by Buyer attached to deeds and upon which the Realty Transfer Fee is based.
12. COUNTY/MUNICIPAL CODES
County/Municipal codes may be found at http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/lpt/cntycode.pdf.