Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2016

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See Change in Ownership

565.0010 Business Organization. Arrangements whereby property is conveyed to an individual or individuals in accordance with an instrument that provides that the property is to be held and managed for the benefit of the transferor(s) or their assign(s) as may from time to time be holder(s) of transferable certificate(s) issued by the transferee(s) are denominated in law as Massachusetts Trusts. These organizations should be treated as trusts if the transferee(s) has/have control in the management of the property or as a partnership(s) if the certificate holder(s) and the transferee(s) are associated in the control of the property with the latter acting only as a managing agent(s).

Whether a Massachusetts Trust is a trust or a partnership, it is a legal entity just as is a corporation or a partnership. A transfer of real property to the entity may be excluded from change in ownership if the transfer results only in a change in the manner of holding title. Additionally, since a Massachusetts Trust is a legal entity, transfers of certificates result in changes in ownership only when there is a change in control. Transfers of property from the entity to children or parents of certificate holders and transfer(s) of certificates between children and parents are not within the parent/child exclusion contained in Revenue and Taxation Code section 63.1. C 5/3/1994.

565.0020 Change in Ownership Filing Requirements. Effective January 1, 2010, Revenue and Taxation Code sections 480.1, 480.2, 482, and 483 were amended to establish a penalty for legal entities that do not file a change in control and ownership statement with the Board of Equalization within 45 days of a change in control or change in ownership pursuant to section 64(c) or (d). If legal entity ownership interests are transferred due to a death but it will not be known within 45 days of the date of death whether a change in control or ownership will occur because the allocation of interests to the beneficiaries is not determined, the change in control and ownership statement should still be filed with as much information as is known to avoid the penalty. The form should then be supplemented once a change in control or ownership determination is made. C 9/10/2010.

565.0050 Legal Entity Ownership Program. Revenue and Taxation Code sections 480.1 and 480.2 require legal entities to file a change in ownership statement (form BOE-100-B) with the Board's Legal Entity Ownership Program when a change in control or ownership of the entity has occurred. The names of legal entities that do not respond to a second request by the Board of Equalization to provide change in ownership information on form BOE-100-B are placed on the Board's non-response list and transmitted to county assessors. The identities of legal entities on the Board's non-response list should not be disclosed to the public, regardless of whether the Board initiated contact with the non-responding legal entity based on confidential information received from the Franchise Tax Board or from public information sources. C 7/9/2008.