If a child inherits a home under prop 13 without the taxes going up,
can the child then add a spouse, other relative, etc. to the title without the taxes going up?

If I add a friend or sibling on as a joint tenant to my property, would this cause a reappraisal at today’s market value? What if I add them as tenants-in-common?

No. Adding joint tenants does not result in reappraisal so long as you, as the original joint tenant, remain as one of the joint tenants. As a result of this exclusion, you become an “original transferor.” Once you no longer have an interest in the property, at that time, the entire property would be reappraised. However, adding someone to title as tenants-in-common is a change in ownership, unless an exclusion applies.  State Board of Equalization FAQ’s  Change in Ownership 

Proposition 13

In 1978, California voters passed Proposition 13, which substantially reduced property tax rates. As a result, the maximum levy cannot exceed 1% of a property’s assessed value (plus bonded indebtedness and direct assessment taxes). Increases in assessed value are limited to 2% annually. Only four events can cause a reappraisal:

1. A change in ownership;
2. Completed new construction;
3. New construction partially completed on the lien date (January 1); or
4. A decline-in-value (see Decline-in-Value Review).

Change in Ownership Appraisals

When a publicly recorded transfer occurs, the Assessor receives a copy of the deed and determines whether a reappraisal is required under State law. If required, an appraisal is made to determine the new market value of the property.

Upon notification of the new assessment, the property owner has the right to appeal the value if he/she does not agree with it.

The transfer of property between husband and wife, and registered domestic partners does not cause a reappraisal for property tax purposes. This includes transfers resulting from divorce, termination of domestic partnership, or death. Also, the addition of joint tenants, whether related or not, does not result in a reappraisal. In most cases, transfers by irrevocable trusts are reappraisable. Exclusions are discussed in this brochure.

Parent/Child Exclusion–Proposition 58 Grandparent/Grandchild

Exclusion – Proposition 193

The transfer of real property between parent(s) and child(ren) or from grandparent(s) to grandchild(ren) may be excluded from reappraisal. Call 213.974.3441 for additional information. The Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer Between Parent and Child, form OWN-88, and Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer from Grandparent to Grandchild, form OWN-143, are available online.

Exclusion for Seniors and Disabled– Proposition 60, 90, and 110

Disabled property owners or seniors aged 55 or over who buy or construct a residence of equal or lesser value than their original home may transfer the old assessed value to the new home. Call 213.974.3441 for additional information. The Disabled Persons Claim for Transfer of Base-Year Value to Replacement Dwelling, form OWN-112, and Claim of Person(s) at Least 55 Years of Age for Transfer of Base Year Value to Replacement Dwelling, form OWN-89, are available online.

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Los Angeles County Assessor – Property Taxes

Property Tax Overview

 

State Board of Equalization FAQ’s  Change in Ownership 

Changes in ownership that are automatically excluded from reassessment include the following:

  • Transfers of real property between spouses, which include transfers in and out of a trust for the benefit of a spouse, the addition of a spouse on a deed, transfers upon the death of a spouse, and transfers pursuant to a divorce settlement or court order (section 63 of the Revenue and Taxation Code; Rule 462.220).
  • Transfers that result in the creation of a joint tenancy in which the transferor remains as one of the joint tenants.
  • Transfers of joint tenancy property to return the property to the person who created a joint tenancy (i.e., the original transferor).

If I add a friend or sibling on as a joint tenant to my property, would this cause a reappraisal at today’s market value? What if I add them as tenants-in-common?

No. Adding joint tenants does not result in reappraisal so long as you, as the original joint tenant, remain as one of the joint tenants. As a result of this exclusion, you become an “original transferor.” Once you no longer have an interest in the property, at that time, the entire property would be reappraised. However, adding someone to title as tenants-in-common is a change in ownership, unless an exclusion applies.

 

Links & Resources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_13_(1978)

 

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