How to Calculate Tax Stamps in North Carolina

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In North Carolina, when you sell or transfer your property, you will need to pay a real estate excise tax, also known as tax stamps. This tax will appear on your real estate settlement statement, and the fee ultimately goes to the register of deeds in the county where the property is located. You cannot transfer any real property in the state of North Carolina without paying this tax.

Determine the real estate sales price. For example, assume a house sold for $200,000.

Determine the current real estate excise tax in North Carolina. As of September 2011, the current tax rate is 0.002 percent.


Multiply the real estate sales price by the current real estate excise tax rate. Continuing the same example, $200,000 x 0.002 = $400. This figure represents the tax stamps you would need to pay when closing a real estate transaction in North Carolina.



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