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New York Tax Section 253 - Recording Tax.

253. Recording tax. 1. A tax of fifty cents for each one hundred dollars and each remaining major fraction thereof of principal debt or obligation which is, or under any contingency may be secured at the date of the execution thereof or at any time thereafter by a mortgage on real property situated within the state recorded on or after the first day of July, nineteen hundred and six, is hereby imposed on each such mortgage, and shall be collected and paid as provided in this article. If the principal debt or obligation which is or by any contingency may be secured by such mortgage recorded on or after the first day of July, nineteen hundred and seven, is less than one hundred dollars, a tax of fifty cents is hereby imposed on such mortgage, and shall be collected and paid as provided in this article.

1-a. (a) In addition to the tax imposed by subdivision one of this section, there shall be imposed on each mortgage of real property situated within the state, except mortgages wherein the mortgagee is a natural person or persons, or is a credit union as defined in section two of the banking law, and in either case the mortgaged premises consist of real property improved by a structure containing six residential dwelling units or less, each with separate cooking facilities, a special additional tax of twenty-five cents for each one hundred dollars and each remaining major fraction thereof of principal debt or obligation which is, or under any contingency may be secured at the date of execution thereof or at anytime thereafter by such mortgage. The tax, if any, imposed by this subdivision shall in cases of real property principally improved or to be improved by one or more structures containing in the aggregate not more than six residential dwelling units, each dwelling unit having its own separate cooking facilities, be paid by the mortgagee, and such tax shall not be paid or payable, directly or indirectly, by the mortgagor except as otherwise provided in sections two hundred fifty-eight and two hundred fifty-nine of this article and except such tax shall be paid in such cases by the mortgagor where the mortgagee is an exempt organization described in paragraph (b) of this subdivision. In all other cases, such tax shall be paid by the mortgagor except that the tax shall be paid by the mortgagee where the mortgagor is an exempt organization described in paragraph (b) of this subdivision. All of the provisions of this article shall apply with respect to the special additional tax imposed by this subdivision to the same extent as if it were imposed by said subdivision one of this section, except as otherwise expressly provided in this article.

(b) An organization organized other than for profit which is operated on a nonprofit basis no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any officer, director or member and which is exempt from federal income taxation pursuant to subsection (a) of section five hundred one of the internal revenue code shall be exempt from the special additional tax imposed by this subdivision.

2. (a) In addition to the taxes imposed by subdivisions one and one-a of this section, there shall be imposed on each mortgage of real property situated within the state recorded on or after the first day of July, nineteen hundred sixty-nine, an additional tax of twenty-five cents for counties outside of the metropolitan commuter transportation district, as defined pursuant to section twelve hundred sixty-two of the public authorities law, and thirty cents for counties within such metropolitan commuter transportation district for each one hundred dollars and each remaining major fraction thereof of principal debt or obligation which is, or under any contingency may be secured at the date of execution thereof or at any time thereafter by such mortgage, saving and excepting the first ten thousand dollars of such principal debt or obligation in any case in which the related mortgage is of real property principally improved or to be improved by a one or two family residence or dwelling. All the provisions of this article shall apply with respect to the additional tax imposed by this subdivision to the same extent as if it were imposed by the said subdivision one of this section, except as otherwise expressly provided in this article. The imposition of this additional tax on mortgages recorded in a county outside the city of New York, other than one of the counties from time to time comprising the metropolitan commuter transportation district, the Niagara Frontier transportation district, the Rochester-Genesee transportation district, the capital district transportation district or the central New York regional transportation district may be suspended for a specified period of time or without limitation as to time by a local law, ordinance or resolution duly adopted by the local legislative body of such county.

(b) Any local law, ordinance or resolution suspending the imposition of this additional tax as provided in paragraph (a) of this subdivision, or amending or repealing such local law, ordinance or resolution, shall take effect only on the first day of the third month succeeding the month in which such local law, ordinance or resolution is duly adopted. Such a local law, ordinance or resolution shall not be effective unless a certified copy thereof is mailed by registered or certified mail to the state tax commission at its office in Albany at least sixty days prior to the date the local law, ordinance or resolution shall take effect. However, the tax commission may waive and reduce such sixty-day notice requirement to a requirement that such certified copy be mailed by registered or certified mail within a period of not less than thirty days prior to such effective date if it deems such action to be consistent with its duties under this article. A certified copy of any local law, ordinance or resolution adopted pursuant to this subdivision shall also be filed with the state comptroller within five days after the date it is duly adopted.

3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the mortgage recording tax shall not be imposed upon any mortgage executed by a voluntary nonprofit hospital corporation, fire company or voluntary ambulance service as defined in section one hundred of the general municipal law, or upon any mortgage executed by or granted to the dormitory authority.


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