Benefits of Propositions 60 and 90 for homeowners
For homeowners who have been thinking of selling: These propositions will save you thousands of dollars in property taxes because they allow you to transfer your current property’s assessed value to a replacement property. To be clear, when you purchase a replacement house you will be able to pay the same property tax on that house that you pay on your current home if the replacement property is of equal or lesser value than the current property, and if at least one owner is age 55 or over. Following are the requirements:
- You or your spouse must be at least 55 years of age when the original property was sold.
- The original property and new property must be within the same county.
- You can only use the transfer once in a lifetime.
- The new replacement property must be of equal or lessor value than the original property sold.
- The replacement property must be built or bought within 2 years of selling the original property.
- Your original property must be your primary residence and have been eligible for the homeowners' exemption or disabled veterans' exemption.
- Your replacement property must be your primary residence and must be eligible for the homeowners' exemption or disabled veterans' exemption.
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If you are 55 years or older and are considering taking the big step of moving into a new home in California, whether to downsize or maybe to explore a new community, Propositions 60 and 90 can make that move easier on your pocket book.
Proposition 60 is a constitutional amendment that allows the transfer of the base year value of your current primary residence to your newly acquired property of primary residence. Why is this significant and how can you benefit?
First let us consider Proposition 13, also known as the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation. Proposition 13 protects buyers from extraordinary increases in property tax by setting a base year value on property. The base year value of a property is set for its assessed value in the year of 1975. If the property was acquired after 1975 then the base year value is set by the market value of the property at the time of transfer or change of ownership. Proposition 13 allows only the maximum increase of value by 2% a year. Additionally, property taxes cannot exceed 1% of a property’s full cash value.
Proposition 60 is an intra-county amendment (in other words, moving within the same county), and it builds on Proposition 13. It allows for people the age of 55 and older to transfer their base year value to the newly acquired home as long as the newly acquired home will be the primary residence and is eligible for homeowner’s exemption or disabled veteran’s exemption. This is meant to prevent a shocking increase in property taxes and work as an incentive for people 55 and older to feel comfortable in their experience of reentering a perhaps, vastly changed real estate market.
If you are thinking about moving to a different county in California, Proposition 90 is an inter-county amendment and it has you covered if the county you are moving from and to are listed below:
- El Dorado
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Mateo
- Santa Clara
For Propositions 60 and 90, the transfer of the base year value must happen within a two-year period. This means that the homeowner must sell and buy a new residence within a two-year period. The replacement property that is acquired must adhere to the “equal or less than” current value rule. This limits the current value of the replacement home to be equal to or less than the current value of the former residence, even if you are buying only a partial interest in your new primary residence.
Propositions 60/90 can only be filed once, even if you and your spouse who resides with you experience divorce or even upon the death of you or your spouse. One exception to this one time only rule is if you filed once with the eligibility of age and then if you became disabled, you may file again due to disability.
If you are thinking of doing a property exchange through Prop 60 or 90, there are additional in-depth information on the FAQ page on California Board of Equalization’s website. Please copy and paste this into your URL:
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As with any other real estate transactions, having an experienced Realtor representing you will uncomplicated matters and will help you navigate through the required steps. Please contact me with any questions.
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