Do property taxes increase on an inherited home?
The simple answer is yes. When the County receives notice that ownership has changed on a home, by default a reassessment is triggered. Even more importantly, in some cases property reassessment can be retroactive to the date of death. When this occurs the person inheriting the home can be hit with a massive tax bill.
Can property tax reassessment be avoided on an inherited home?
The good news is yes, property tax reassessment can be avoided on an inherited home. Each month we help our clients avoid having their inherited home reassessed. California has laws that allow you to avoid property tax reassessment on an inherited home if you qualify and transfer the property in accordance with the Board of Equalization requirements. When multiple siblings are involved things can get a little complicated. The California BOE and County Assessors Office will often require that an equal distribution of assets be made to qualify for a full exclusion from reassessment unless specific abilities are granted in the trust. If the distribution is not equalized or if a child contributes their own funds to buyout other child beneficiaries then the property will likely be reassessed as it is considered a sibling to sibling buyout and opposed to a parent to child transfer. California has no laws that allow siblings to transfer property without reassessment, only parents to children or grandparents to grandchildren.
Commercial Loan Corporation has specialized trust loan programs designed to meet all of the BOE requirements to qualify for a parent to child transfer and avoid property tax reassessment on an inherited home. We work directly with your Attorney, Trust Administrator or California Property Tax Consultant to make sure you will avoid property tax reassessment. In fact we have helped hundreds of clients avoid property tax reassessment on an inherited home and have saved California’s over twenty million dollars in the process. We are California’s top Trust & Estate lender and even offer California State Bar approved continuing legal education on the subject.
If you, a client or a member of a trust may be interested in inheriting a home from a parent, we can provide you with a free trust loan benefit analysis. It will let you know how much you would be eligible to save from avoiding property tax reassessment on an inherited home. On average we save our clients over $6,500 each year in property taxes. The process is quick and easy and we can answer any questions that you have. Please complete our trust loan information request form or call us at 877-464-1066.