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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1364        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2690


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Sarah K. Peake and Daniel A. Wolf


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act authorizing the town of Provincetown to impose a 0.5% real estate transfer fee .






Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Daniel A. Wolf

Cape and Islands

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1364        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2690

By Representative Peake of Provincetown and Senator Wolf, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2690) of Sarah K. Peake and Daniel A. Wolf (by vote of the town) relative to real estate transfers in the town of Provincetown.  Revenue.  [Local Approval Received.]


SEE HOUSE, NO. 3313 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act authorizing the town of Provincetown to impose a 0.5% real estate transfer fee .


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.  There is hereby imposed a Real Estate Transfer Fee equal to 0.5% (half percent, ½%) of the purchase price upon the transfer of any real property interest in any real property situated in the Town of Provincetown. Said fee shall be the liability of the purchaser of such property interest, and any agreement between the purchaser and the seller or any other person with reference to the allocation of the responsibility for bearing said fee shall not affect such liability of the purchaser. The fee shall be paid to the Town of Provincetown.  The first $250,000 collected in each fiscal year shall be deposited in the Town’s Capital Improvement Stabilization Fund. The remaining funds collected each fiscal year shall be deposited into the Town’s General Fund.

              SECTION 2.  The following transfers of real property interests shall be exempt from the Real Estate Transfer Fee:

              A. First time homebuyers who live in the home for at least 5 years. A lien shall accompany the deed stating that “There is running with the land a lien equal to the amount of fee exempted, plus accumulated interest and penalties until such time as all conditions of this sub-section are met.”

              B. Transfers to the Government of the U.S., The Commonwealth, the Town of Provincetown and any of their instrumentalities, agencies or sub-divisions, such as the Provincetown Housing Authority.

              C. Transfers made without additional consideration to confirm, correct, modify or supplement a transfer previously made.

              D. Transfers of convenience with consideration under $100.00 which include: name change, into trusts, out of trust, etc.

              E. Transfers to any charitable organization as defined in Clause Third of Section Five of Chapter 59 of the General Laws or any religious organization providing that the real property interests so transferred will be held solely for public charitable or religious purposes.

              F. Transfers between family members, marriage partners, parents and children, grandchildren, step-parents and step-children, brothers and sisters.

              SECTION 3. 

              A. The fee imposed shall be due at the time of the transfer of the real property interest.

              B. The buyer shall pay interest on any unpaid amount of the fee at the rate the Town collects on unpaid Real Estate Taxes.

              C. The Town shall notify a buyer by Registered or Certified Mail of any failure to discharge the amount in full of fee due.

              D. All fees and interest required to be paid under this Act shall constitute a personal debt of the buyer and may be recovered in an action of contract;

              SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on passage.

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