Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2014
Property Tax Annotations
220.0000 CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP
220.0180 Employee Benefit Plan. When a corporation sells the majority of its stock to its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for cash which it uses to purchase all of the stock in a number of unrelated corporations, a change of ownership does not result from the sale to the ESOP because of the specific exclusion contained in Revenue and Taxation Code section 66.
The acquisitions by the corporation do result in changes in ownership and require reappraisal of real properties owned by the acquired corporations and located in this state. This opinion would not change whether the acquisitions occurred before or following the ESOP acquisition of the employer corporation stock. C 8/18/1988.