Property Transfer Tax

Here is some basic information about Property Transfer Tax and how it may apply to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Property Transfer Tax?

Property Transfer Tax is a tax on the transfer by deed of title to real property in Vermont.


When Should You File a Property Transfer Tax Return?

Property Transfer Tax Return must be filed with a town clerk whenever a deed(s) transferring title to real property is delivered to a town clerk for recording. A town clerk cannot record any deed unless it is accompanied by a completed Property Transfer Tax Return.


Who Is Liable for The Tax?

The buyer or transferee is liable for the transfer tax.


What types of loans are eligible for an exemption on the first $110,000.00 of property transfer tax?

There are exemptions for the property transfer tax on the first $110,000 in value of the property transferred when the buyer obtains a mortgage loan

  1. made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development or
  2. purchased by the Vermont Housing and Finance Agency.

USDA Rural Development Direct Home Loans are exempt for the first $110,000.00 in value because they are mortgages that USDA Rural Development has committed to make to the borrower.

Vermont Housing and Finance Agency purchased mortgages are exempt for the first $110,000.00 in value because they are mortgages that VHFA has committed to purchase from the originating lender.

USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Loans are not exempt. USDA does not commit to make or purchase these types of mortgages. Instead, USDA guarantees a loan that is provided by a financial institution. USDA will pay the lender if the borrower defaults but the borrower must then repay the USDA. This arrangement is neither a commitment to make a mortgage or a commitment to purchase a mortgage.


How to Submit a Payment

If tax is due at the time of transfer, please make checks payable to the Vermont Department of Taxes and complete Form PTT-173, Property Transfer Payment Voucher and send to:

Vermont Department of Taxes
133 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-1401


Filing Your Return

There are two ways to file your return:

Online
E-File using myVTax

Paper Form
Tax preparers who file more than five returns or certificate requests per calendar year are required to use myVTax for filing. If you file fewer than five returns, you can order a specific form online or by contacting us at (802) 828-2515. 

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Please note: Complete Form PTT-172, Vermont Property Transfer Tax Return with identification numbers and one additional copy with the ID number redacted. Deliver the deed(s) and return to the town clerk. The clerk will record the deed(s) and they will send the copy(ies) with the identification numbers to the Department.


For Town Clerks

The following forms are acceptable to record:

2017 Acceptable property tax forms
date of closing form number
Prior to June 2015 Available online via myVTax. All previous paper forms accepted.
June 2015 - Dec. 7, 2016 Available online via myVTax or ePTTR* or PTT-172 (paper form rev. 6/15)
Dec. 8, 2016 - Current Available online via myVTax or PTT-172 (paper form rev. 10/16)

*Discontinued as of Dec. 7, 2016

Rate Schedule

Property Transfer Tax Surcharge for the Clean Water Fund

When to Apply the Property Transfer Tax and the Clean Water Surcharge
Type of Property Value Taxed 0.5% Property Transfer Tax 1.25% Property Transfer Tax 0.2% Clean Water Surcharge
Not Principal Residence All  
Principal Residence $0-$100,000    
Marginal Value > $100,000  
Principal Residence Purchased w/ VHFA, VCTF, or USDA Assistance $0-$110,000      
$110,000 - $200,000    
Marginal Value > $200,000  

Exceptions

Principal Residence

  • 0.005 on the first $100,000
  • 0.0145 on balance

Mortgage obtained through VT Housing Finance Agency/VT Housing & Conservation Trust Fund or the US Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

  • First $110,000 is exempt
  • 0.0125 on balance on purchase price between $ 110,001 and $ 200,000      
  • 0.0145 on balance of purchase price over $ 200,000.

Lands enrolled in State use value appraisal programs

  • 0.005 Properties transferred before July 1, 2011
  • 0.0125 Properties transferred on or after July 1, 2011 and before June 16, 2015
  • 0.0145 for properties transferred after June 16, 2015

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