P-TAX 203 and P-TAX 203-B as to EASEMENTS
203 and P-TAX 203-B as to EASEMENTS
It is our hope that this will clear up some misunderstanding of the Transfer
Tax rules relative to easements and other rights. Form 203-B must be filed
along with the normal P-Tax 203 form when you are transferring a beneficial
interest in real property in the State of Illinois, and the transfer tax due
must be paid. Remember, both forms MUST be submitted.
The Illinois Department of Revenue considers an easement to be a type of
beneficial interest in real estate and therefore subject to the IDOR
Administrative Code. A tax is imposed on the privilege of transferring
title to real estate or a beneficial interest in real property that is
located in the State of Illinois.
The following definition is taken directly from the instructions on the P-Tax
“A tax is imposed on the privilege of transferring title to real estate or a
beneficial interest in real property located in Illinois. A Beneficial
Interest includes, but is not limited to, the lessee interest in a ground
lease, the indirect interesting real property as reflected by a controlling
interesting a real estate entity, or any other type of interest with the
right to occupy real property or the right to receive income from real
A ground lease is subject to the tax if it is for a term in excess of 30
years when all of the options to renew or extend are included.
A controlling interest transfer is defined as more than 50% of the fair
market value of all ownership, or beneficial interest in, a “real estate
entity”. A “real estate entity” is defined as a person or entity that exists
or acts substantially for the purpose of holding directly or indirectly title
to or beneficial interest in real property.
Examples, but not all inclusive, of other types of transfers of a “beneficial
interest” include air rights, co-operative housing rights, condominium
rights, development rights, easements, mining rights, royalty interests,
timber rights and time share rights.
If the transfer of easement is exempt under paragraph “e”, you must include
the exemption statement on the easement, dated and signed. If the transfer is
exempt under paragraph “b”, “d”, or “m”, both forms must be completed and
submitted with the easement.
See the form, available at the County Recorders office, for details on
determining how to calculate the value of the transfer and the amount of the
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