Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
Property Tax Annotations
220.0000 CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP
220.0376.005 Limited Liability Company. A limited liability company (Original LLC) is owned by five trusts. D is the trustor of two trusts and M is the trustor of three trusts. D's two trusts owned a 45 percent and a 5 percent interest respectively. Under Step 1, D's two trusts withdrew from Original LLC, and Original LLC transferred the 45 percent and 5 percent interest in the real property to the two trusts in the same proportional interest. As a result of the withdrawal, M's three trusts became 80 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent owners respectively of Original LLC. In Step 2, D's two trusts formed a new limited liability company (New LLC) and transferred their 45 percent and 5 percent interest in the real property respectively in exchange for a 90 percent and a 10 percent membership interest in the New LLC respectively.
Under Step 1, the transfer of D's 50 percent interest in Original LLC to D's trusts is excluded from change in ownership under Revenue and Taxation Code section 62(a)(2). As a result of the transfers and withdrawal of D's trusts as members of Original LLC, M's trusts became the owner of 100 percent of Original LLC, resulting in M obtaining a controlling interest in Original LLC under section 64(c)(1). However, because the proportional ownership interests in the real property remain the same before and after the transfers, section 62(a)(2) excludes such transfers from change in ownership. As a result of the exclusion, M becomes an original co-owner under section 64(d). Subsequent transfers of cumulatively more than 50 percent of the ownership interests in Original LLC by M will cause a change in ownership of all the real property owned by Original LLC that was previously excluded from change in ownership under section 62(a)(2).
Under Step 2, the subsequent transfer of a 45 percent interest and a 5 percent interest in the real property by D's two trusts respectively to New LLC is excluded from change in ownership under section 62(a)(2) as D's ownership interest in the real property remains the same before and after the transfers. Thus, D becomes an original co-owner in New LLC under section 64(d). C 7/23/2008.