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Gift Deed
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California
Area
Sierra County
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Included Forms

All Sierra County specific forms and documents listed below are included in your immediate download package:


Sierra County Gift Deed Form Page 1

Gift Deed Form - Sierra County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 9/2/2022

Sierra County Gift Deed Guide Page 1

Gift Deed Guide - Sierra County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 6/21/2022

Sierra County Completed Example of the Gift Deed Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Gift Deed Document - Sierra County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 9/16/2022

Included Supplemental Documents

The Following California and Sierra County supplemental forms are included as a courtesy with your order.


Grandparent to Grandchild Exclusion Form (Sierra County Document)


Preliminary Change of Ownership Report (Sierra County Document)


Transfer Tax Exemptions List (Sierra County Document)


Parent to Child Exclusion Form (Sierra County Document)


Certificate of Acknowledgment (Sierra County Document)


Building Homes and Jobs Act (Sierra County Document)


Jurat (Sierra County Document)


Building Homes and Jobs Act - Fee Grid (Sierra County Document)


Declaration of Exemption From (Sierra County Document)


Change in Ownership Statement Death of Real Property Owner (Sierra County Document)


Transfer Tax Exemptions List (California Document)


Preliminary Change of Ownership Report (California Document)


Certificate of Acknowledgment (California Document)


Building Homes and Jobs Act (California Document)


Jurat (California Document)


Declaration of Exemption Form (California Document)


Parent to Child Exclusion Form (California Document)


Grandparent to Grandchild Exclusion Form (California Document)


Affidavit of Cotenant Residency (California Document)


Change in Ownership Statement - Death of Real Property Owner (California Document)


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long does it take to get my forms?
    • Forms are available immediately after submitting payment.
  • What are supplemental forms?
    • Often when a deed is recorded additional documents are required by California or Sierra County. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.
  • How do I get my forms, are they emailed?
    • After you submit payment you will see a page listing the Sierra County forms you ordered with a download link to the pdf form file. You download the forms to your computer. You will also receive an email with a link to your download page in case you need it later.
  • What type of files are the forms?
    • All of our Sierra County Gift Deed forms are PDFs. You will need to have or get Adobe Reader to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.
  • Can the Gift Deed forms be re-used?
    • Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in Sierra County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Sierra County.
  • Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Sierra County ?
    • Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Sierra County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.
  • Do I have to enter all of my property information online?
    • No. The blank forms are downloaded to your computer and you fill them out there, at your convenience.
  • Can I save the completed form, email it to someone?
    • Yes, you can save your deed form at any point with your information in it. The forms can also be emailed, blank or complete, as attachments.
  • Do I need any special software to use these forms?
    • You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.
  • Are there any recurring fees involved?
    • No. Nothing to cancel, no memberships, no recurring fees.

Areas covered by these Gift Deed Forms:

  • Sierra County

Including:

  • Alleghany
  • Calpine
  • Downieville
  • Goodyears Bar
  • Loyalton
  • Sierra City
  • Sierraville

What is the California Gift Deed?

Gifts of Real Property in California

Gift deeds convey title to real property from one party to another with no exchange of consideration, monetary or otherwise. Often used to transfer property between family members or to gift property as a charitable act or donation, these conveyances occur during the grantor's lifetime. Gift deeds must contain language that explicitly states that no consideration is expected or required. Ambiguous language, or references to any type of consideration, can make the gift deed contestable in court.

A lawful gift deed includes the grantor's full name and marital status, as well as the grantee's full name, marital status, vesting, and mailing address. Vesting describes how the grantee holds title to the property. Generally, real property is owned in either sole ownership or in co-ownership. For California residential property, the primary methods for holding title in co-ownership are tenancy in common, joint tenancy, and community property (Cal. Civ. Code 682). An estate conveyed to two or more unmarried people is considered a tenancy in common, unless a joint tenancy is designated (Cal. Civ. Code 683). Spouses vest as community property, with an option for survivorship rights (Cal. Civ. Code 682.1).

As with any conveyance of realty, a gift deed requires a complete legal description of the parcel. Recite the source of title to establish a clear chain of title, and detail any restrictions associated with the property. Each grantor must sign the deed in the presence of a notary public for a valid transfer. All signatures must be original. In California, when real property is conveyed as a gift, no transfer tax is due, pursuant to Cal. R&T Code 11930. This exemption should be indicated on the first page of the instrument. Record the completed deed, along with any additional materials, in the clerk's office of the county where the property is located. Contact the same office to verify accepted forms of payment.

In California, every legal transfer of real property requires a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report. This form should be completed by the grantee and filed with the instrument (Cal. R&T Code 480.3).

With gifts of real property, the recipient of the gift (grantee or donee) is not required to declare the amount of the gift as income, but if the property accrues income after the transaction, the grantee is responsible for paying the requisite state and federal income tax [1].

In California, there is no state gift tax. For questions regarding state taxation laws, consult a tax specialist. Gifts of real property in California are, however, subject to the federal gift tax. The person or entity making the gift (grantor or donor) is responsible for paying the federal gift tax; however, if the donor does not pay the gift tax, the donee will be held liable [1].

In accordance with federal law, individuals are permitted an annual exclusion of $15,000 on gifts. This means that if a gift is valued below $15,000, a federal gift tax return (Form 709) does not need to be filed. However, if the gift is something that could possibly be disputed by the IRS -- such as real property -- a donor may benefit from filing a Form 709 [2].

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Contact a California lawyer with any questions about gift deeds or other issues related to the transfer of real property.

[1] http://msuextension.org/publications/FamilyFinancialManagement/MT199105HR.pdf

[2] https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/frequently-asked-questions-on-gift-taxes

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