Real Estate Transfer Tax

In 1986, the City of Evanston enacted a Real Estate Transfer Tax (Ord. 33-O-86) on the transfer of real property. The City Clerk’s office collects the tax and issues exemptions from the tax. It is paid by the seller, unless other arrangements have been made by contract. Revenue from this tax goes into the City's General Fund.

Real Estate Transfer Tax

Regular Transactions

Sale Price of Property  x   .005 = Real Estate Transfer Tax Amount 

Exempt Transactions

$100 administrative fee

Real Estate Transfer Tax Form

Water Billing Affidavit

REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX  CHART

Real Estate Transfer Tax payments can be made in person or mailed to the Evanston City Clerk's Office (Map)

 

**EFFECTIVE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015**

 

REGULAR TRANSFER TAX GUIDELINES:

  • Complete City of Evanston Real Estate Transfer Tax Declaration Form (2 copies)
  • Schedule a FINAL WATER METER READING (this excludes condos and vacant land)  by calling 847-448-4311 (must be scheduled five (5) business days prior to closing date).  Final bill will be available two (2) business days prior to closing.
  • Please call the City of Evanston Clerk’s Office (847-448-8189) five (5) business days prior to closing date to provide the following information:  Property Address, PIN, and Contact Information.  The process takes a minimum of five (5) business days. This may take longer if violations are determined as part of the review process.
  • Payment for Transfer Tax Stamp (which is $5.00 per  thousand of sale price of property)
  • The stamp is not issued until processing is complete. Processing time may vary, allow at least five (5) business days. All fees/fines owed to the City MUST be paid before the release of the transfer stamp.

EXEMPT TRANSACTION GUIDELINES:

  • Complete City of Evanston Real Estate Transfer Tax Declaration Form (2 copies)
  • Original or Copy of fully EXECUTED DEED (signed and notarized) and/or other supporting documentation to support the exemption must be presented when obtaining an exemption stamp.
  • Processing fee of $100.00 payable to the “City of Evanston” as required by City of Evanston Ordinance (39-O-06).

 

Payment:

Payment for transfer or exempt stamps is by personal check, cash or credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa). Credit card payment for this tax may be made only by the cardholder, in-person with his/her card.

**THE CLERK’S OFFICE WILL ONLY ACCEPT A CASHIER OR CERTIFIED CHECK FOR PAYMENT, WHEN THE SALE PRICE OF THE PROPERTY IS ONE (1) MILLION DOLLARS OR MORE**

Real Estate Transfer Tax by mail:

When submitting your form to purchase stamps by mail, please send the original plus one (1) additional copy of the completed first page, and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.