Hamilton County Real Property Transfer Tax

Hamilton County Commissioners Vote 2-1 to Increase the Real Property Transfer Tax

It will be more expensive in 2019 to sell a property in Hamilton County.

Hamilton County Commissioners Todd Portune and Denise Driehaus voted today to increase the Real Property Transfer Tax by 1 mill, putting Hamilton County’s Transfer Tax at the maximum 4 mill limit permitted by Ohio law. Commissioner Chris Monzel dissented, voting against the tax increase.

Hamilton County now joins Clermont County as the only two counties in our region at the maximum 4 mill limit. Butler County and Warren County are currently at 3 mills.

The Resolution passed by Commissioners today contained a provision that will include an annual review of this increase in hopes that if county revenue comes in higher than projected, the Commissioners might vote to reduce this 1 mill increase.

As reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, “If you sell a property, you’ll help the county cover the deficit. The owner of a $100,000 house will now pay the county $400, up from $300 this year after the commissioners raised the real estate transfer fee.

The Transfer Tax is essentially a transaction fee imposed on the transfer of title to property. It is imposed where there is a legal requirement for registration of the transfer.

Click here to read the Cincinnati Enquirer’s article on today’s vote.